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July 1, 2015
Graphic, tessellated, and geometric, tiles can enliven any surface with vibrant, colorful pattern. Here are a few of our favorite uses in the kitchen, bathroom, and beyond.
Gray and blue tiles in a Brooklyn bathroom

A pattern of gray and turquoise tiles climb up from the floors to the walls in this Brooklyn loft. Providing a burst of color among the predominately white walls throughout the home, they transform the bathroom into one of the apartment’s most striking spaces. 

 

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SABO project
Originally appeared in Brooklyn Loft Renovation Masters Storage with a Custom Cabinet Wall
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arctic white kitchen with exposed wood grain interior

To complement the white-washed custom cabinetry in her kitchen, architect Julie Salles Schaffer designed a tile backsplash to resemble “melting butter in a white pan." Daltile arranged her two-color AutoCAD design—white and off-white—onto a mesh backing for a small fee. To soften the edges of the cabinets’ drawers and doors, Schaffer requested radial edging.

 

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Originally appeared in How to Design with White
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41zero42 U-color geometric tile in 64 hues installed on a ceiling

The three-by-12-inch porcelain pieces by 41zero42 are inspired by the industrial wood floors of the 1970s, but are made anew and of the moment, with subtle grain pattern and versatile applications.

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41zero42
Originally appeared in Geometric Tile That Comes in 64 Hues Will Satisfy Your Decorating Dreams
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The blue-tiled master bathroom stands in contrast to the muted tones of the rest of the house. The tile is recycled glass from China.

At the Lee Residence, a master bathroom—covered in floor-to-ceiling tile made from recycled glass—stands in contrast to the muted tones of the rest of the house. 

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Originally appeared in The Family Tree
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Miller House kitchen with a turquoise blue mosaic tile wall

At Eero Saarinen's legendary Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, mosaic tile wall softens the laboratory-like effect of the glossy kitchen cabinets.

 

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Originally appeared in Miller House in Columbus, Indiana by Eero Saarinen
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Eddy Uritani (or Uncle Eddy, as he’s known to Zane) did all the tile work in the kitchen and bathroom. The tiles come from a Canadian company called Interstyle.

A red swatch of tiles complements the wooden interior of this home on Hawaii's Big Island.

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Originally appeared in Go With the Flow
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These Green Pocket tiles double as a discreet planter. The small units affix to the wall, interspersed with flat tile to make a three-dimensional, botanical display out of a backsplash or wall.

Originally appeared in Green Pocket Tiles
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Guest bathroom with a black tub and black and white tiles

The juxtaposition of black and white is perhaps the most notable detail of the interiors at this modern Texan farmhouse. In the guest bathroom, black and white tiles provide visual interest. 

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Ryann Ford
Originally appeared in Modern Take on a Texas Farmhouse
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wall tiles

Designed by Swedish studio Form Us With Love for Träullit, these Dekor tiles are made from an environment-friendly, recyclable composite of wood, wool, cement and water. Its uses are many: the organic material is moisture-regulating, heat-accumulating, and sound-absorbent. They are fireproof, give off low emissions and can be vacuum cleaned. 

Originally appeared in Wake up Your Walls: 10 Wall Decor Ideas
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Modern custom-tiled floor.

Designer Paola Navone transformed this 200-year-old factory in Umbria, Italy, into an inviting home. Here, she punctuates a corridor on the first floor with a carpet of tile she custom-designed.

 

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Originally appeared in Paola Navone's Industrial Style Renovation in Italy
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Gray and blue tiles in a Brooklyn bathroom

A pattern of gray and turquoise tiles climb up from the floors to the walls in this Brooklyn loft. Providing a burst of color among the predominately white walls throughout the home, they transform the bathroom into one of the apartment’s most striking spaces. 

 

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