4 Striking Ways To Add Tile To Your Home

Tile is a durable, low-maintenance material for your home. For centuries, though, tile has been used to add beauty to spaces. Use wall tile to make your rooms as attractive as they are functional.

Creative Kitchen Backsplash

Backsplashes are a great way to add color and design to your kitchen. They don't have to take up much space, though, so the backsplash is a great area to let your creativity flow.

One option is to go bold with grouting. Start with simple subway tiles in white or another neutral hue, and have them framed with colorful grouting. Another option is to select a series of tiles in the same uniform color but in different sizes. For instance, alternate rows of large squares with tiny ones. The key in that design is to keep the width of the rows consistent regardless of the tile sizes.

Glittering Shower Tile

Tile and bathrooms just go together. Incorporating tile work into your bathroom design is as functional as it is attractive.

The shower stall is one area that especially benefits from being tiled. Better Homes and Gardens suggests selecting glass tile for the area. Glass tile automatically shimmers on its own, and it becomes positively glittery when wet. The surface sheen also contrasts beautifully with other bathroom materials, such as wood and metal.

Patio Sitting Wall

Imagine a rooftop garden in Turkey or a patio in Mexico, and you probably envision charming tile work. Well, consider channeling that beauty in your own patio.

Your first impulse might be to tile the floor of your patio, and that's a great one. However, consider building a tiled sitting wall. The sitting wall serves as a transition from your yard to your patio. Instead of the traditional stone or wood, have the sitting wall set with a mosaic of colorful tiles. If you're going for a Mediterranean or Mexican theme, opt for traditional painted tile. Otherwise, select pieces that complement your home's exterior.

Mud Room Makeover

The mud room is a much maligned space. After all, it includes the word "mud" in its name. However, just because the mud room serves a utilitarian function in your home doesn't mean it's undeserving of a makeover.

Cubbies for shoes, hooks for coats and seating are typically the focus of mud room design. However, how about a display of tile that welcomes the family in from the outdoors? For instance, consider a pretty mural displaying an outdoor scene. Alternatively, incorporate back shelving with colorful tile instead of a plain wall. Tile can also be used to draw the color scheme from the rest of your home into your mud room.  

From welcoming mud rooms to shimmering shower stalls, tile adds value to your home and beauty to your daily routine.