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Trend Alert: Tiled Walls

The latest trend in interior design is floor-to-ceiling tiled walls. Inspired by European style wet rooms, the popular home decor option is now being implemented in both bathroom and kitchen spaces.

There are several factors to consider before deciding if a tiled wall is the best choice for an intended area. The pattern, layout, color, and choice of material are all essential elements to the overall effect of the design scheme.

Benefits of Tiled Walls

Throughout the years, tile has played a large part in the aesthetic of most bathrooms. While traditionally used in the shower or vanity areas, tile is now becoming a central focal point. There are many benefits to using tile instead of other wall coverings.

bathroom with mosaic tile on the wall

Utilizing a full wall of tile eliminates the need for matching paint and grout colors. Tile creates a hard, non-porous surface that is easy to clean. The durable wall covering also doesn’t trap irritants that can prove harmful to those suffering from allergies.

The uniform look expands the realm of where tiles can go while redefining the entire direction of the room.

Beautify Every Corner of Your Home

It is advantageous to use tile throughout many areas of the home. The bathroom, typically the smallest room in the house, is often the most used. Tile is a natural choice for this space, creating an area that is both functional and fashionable. Taking into consideration the use of decorative elements and coordinating fixtures will enhance the overall appearance of the room.

The use of floor-to-ceiling tiles in the shower will create a luxurious and relaxing environment. Keep in mind, the use of non-skid surfaces when selecting floor tiles is essential for safety reasons. Choosing a tile for the walls that is fresh and modern can make the shower feel like an extension of the bathroom, rather than a separate area.

accent wall with tile

Powder rooms are also the perfect place to add tile, making the cozy space feel larger than it is. Choosing an intricate pattern can enhance the look and feel of the room for a distinct appearance. Tile is also commonly used for kitchen backsplash walls. Homeowners can choose a contemporary, classic, or traditional style to complement the kitchen environment.

Subway tiles, brick, and marble tiles are all excellent choices for this heavily used area of the home. Replacing traditional paint or wallpaper with tile on an accent wall is a great way to make a stylistic statement. There are tiles available in every shape, size, and color. Being creative by finding ways to highlight the beauty of the tile will add a dynamic flair to any room. 

Tile Layout

Experimenting with different layouts is a great way to establish a contemporary design scheme. There are several options to choose from:

  • Herringbone: A herringbone design adds an appealing visual element to any space. In a classic pattern, the tiles are cut at a 90-degree angle to create a staggered effect. A Chevron pattern is cut at a 45-degree angle, creating a zig-zag pattern that comes to a point at the top of each tile. Both layouts are very popular and allow an inspiring option that differs from the traditionally placed tile.
  • Block Herringbone: Block herringbone is a pattern formed from rectangular tiles that are placed in staggering order, usually at a 2:1 ratio. The direction of the tiles can vary depending upon the design that is trying to be achieved. This type of layout is especially useful when laying floor tiles.
  • Vertical: Tiles don’t have to be placed in a horizontal direction. By going with a vertical design, the wall takes on a more modern feel and creates a one-directional look that is eye-catching and appealing. This type of design works well in a fully tiled bathroom or when using subway tiles for a kitchen backsplash.
white and black tile on bathroom walls

Color Selection

Today, there is an enormous palette of colors to choose from when selecting tiles. While the traditional colors of gray, white, and beige are readily available, there is a whole new spectrum of hues available. Embracing a classic color combination brings a dynamic dimension to the space.

Some homeowners elect to go with one color throughout the whole room, while others would rather go with contrasting colors and/or styles to accentuate different aspects of the space.

tiled wall in bathroom

Black and white schemes are very popular in contemporary spaces, while soothing shades such as blue create a calming effect. Whether making a bold statement or choosing to keep it subtle, color can elevate a room to a whole new level.

Tile Patterns

There is a vast array of patterns to choose from, as well. Geometric tiling on an accent wall can create an element of contrast against the details throughout the rest of the space. Graphic tiles can add personality and charm to the room by creating points of interest. Patchwork tiles create a modern feel that can bring a floor-to-ceiling pattern alive for a bold finish to any room.

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Add Texture to Walls

When planning a room, there are many textures that can be incorporated into the overall design scheme.

  • 3D textured wall tiles: The use of ceramic, glass, or porcelain material is used to create a patterned effect. These types of tiles are very hot right now for consumers that are looking for a contemporary feel to their space. The typical use of right angles is replaced with refreshing embossed designs, curved lines, and rippled effects. This allows for a more organic look, that is both interesting and appealing to look at.
  • Stone: Creating the aesthetic of a stone wall is simple with the use of ledger stones. Stacking the panels in an abstract pattern combines the natural color of the stone to achieve the feel of either a rustic mountain lodge or a modern upscale environment.
  • Wood: Using replica wood tiles or panels add warmth and charm to any room. There are many colors and styles to choose from to recreate an authentic look.
black wall with tile in bathroom

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or visit our Lorton, Virginia tile showroom to find out more about adding tile to your home. Together we can create a design scheme that defines your personality while creating an oasis that adds a touch of elegance and style to your home.

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