All things Tile

If there is one thing that can really make a Kitchen or Bathroom design, its the TILE! Gone are the days of being limited to what you see at Home Depot or a Tile Store. Thanks to the excellent boutique tile companies out there, you have endless options in handmade, unique shapes, textures, colors and patterns.

 This kitchen is a perfect example of when 'tile makes the space.' The rest of the kitchen stayed humble but this is the one feature we spent a little extra on. These are  8" Hex in Kelly .

This kitchen is a perfect example of when 'tile makes the space.' The rest of the kitchen stayed humble but this is the one feature we spent a little extra on. These are 8" Hex in Kelly.

So where do I start, you say? When I am thinking about a bathroom remodel, tile is actually the first thing I start with. After I get a feel for the clients personality, I start looking for one standout tile to build the room around. Sometimes its a pattern, sometimes its a shape, sometimes its a texture or color.

 A stunner floor with tile by  Cement Tile Shop . We paired this cement tile with a simple subway, the floors are enough to make a statement, this bathroom didn't need anything else.

A stunner floor with tile by Cement Tile Shop. We paired this cement tile with a simple subway, the floors are enough to make a statement, this bathroom didn't need anything else.

 Ok this is just seriously dreamy, I don't know where the tile is from but this is comparable and with,  Lili Cement Tiles , you can customize your colors.

Ok this is just seriously dreamy, I don't know where the tile is from but this is comparable and with, Lili Cement Tiles, you can customize your colors.

Once you have "the one" then its time to add complimentary tile. I like to vary my shapes and sizes, so for instance if you do an 8x8 square on the floor, maybe go with a 4" hex or a smaller rectangle on the walls. I feel like I always reference this, but think of pairing tiles like you would pair clothing. A natural pairing is an oversized top with a skinny bottom, a ditsy floral with a large stripe, its all about balance and creating a focal point and you can't do that if everything is the star!

Depending on the size and space of the bathroom, I stick with 2 different (one for the floors and one for the walls) but sometimes if the space calls for it you can bring in a a third style of tile.

 The border pattern in the floor was the focal point here, we did the pencil liner just to tie the black all together in the space and add a clean linear line around the entire room. The floors are marble hexes from  Home Depot  and the 4x12 Subway and Pencil Liner are both from Tile Shop.

The border pattern in the floor was the focal point here, we did the pencil liner just to tie the black all together in the space and add a clean linear line around the entire room. The floors are marble hexes from Home Depot and the 4x12 Subway and Pencil Liner are both from Tile Shop.

Trends, follow them or stay away? I say do what you LOVE and what INSPIRES you, if you can't stop thinking about something, go for it, but definitely don't just do something because it is trendy (sorry Ultra Violet, I probably won't be using any of you for tile this year). Keep your ultra trendy items in your accessories or your textiles, those things are less expensive and can be rotated easily!

Maintenance, you ask? So that is tricky to answer, as it depends on the type of tile you have. If you go with a ceramic tile, you are in luck because there is little to no maintenance outside of regular cleaning, if you go with cement or a natural stone, things get a little trickier. Cle tile has an excellent guide for caring for your cement tiles (click here) but truthfully, I think there is something really beautiful about how a tile ages. I love seeing the little imperfections because that just shows that a person created it, not a machine.

 This is a pool house bathroom, I started with the  Shattered Pearl  4x4 Zellige tiles by Cle, and paired it with an 8x8  Mediterranean Cement Tile .

This is a pool house bathroom, I started with the Shattered Pearl 4x4 Zellige tiles by Cle, and paired it with an 8x8 Mediterranean Cement Tile.

Below are a few of my favorite tile installations, click the link to find out where it came and if I left you with unanswered questions (as I am sure I did, this is a loaded topic) please comment below and I'll do my best to steer you in the right direction!

  Cle Tiles  Terracotta tiles in Belgian Black -- I would pair this with a soft pink or color of camel to soften it, or to make it feel a little richer pair with a marble.

Cle Tiles Terracotta tiles in Belgian Black -- I would pair this with a soft pink or color of camel to soften it, or to make it feel a little richer pair with a marble.

 Leave it to Chip and Joanna take even the coolest tile up a notch! This is also from Cle Tile, 2x6 Zellige in  Tea Ceremony  and  Fired Opal .

Leave it to Chip and Joanna take even the coolest tile up a notch! This is also from Cle Tile, 2x6 Zellige in Tea Ceremony and Fired Opal.

 This kitchen by Studio125 created a focal point with this black  Fireclay Tile , the black color blocking is what pulls the whole space together and the verticle application helps change draw your eye to it as everything else in the kitchen is very linear.

This kitchen by Studio125 created a focal point with this black Fireclay Tile, the black color blocking is what pulls the whole space together and the verticle application helps change draw your eye to it as everything else in the kitchen is very linear.