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January 26, 2016
Never underestimate the humble floor tile—furnished with rich coloring and a striking design, they can revitalize any room.
Mexican living room with bright patterned floor tile

Lines are blurred between the indoors and outdoors in this modern Mexican retreat built around a 100-year-old tree. Eye-catching patterned tile offers a bold focal point in the living room. Antique midcentury chairs and a credenza furnish the space. In the living room and beyond, the architects purposefully avoided an open floor plan in favor of a collection of traditionally defined spaces. “Every space has its own character and belongs to a whole simultaneously,” says project architect Atahualpa Hernandez Salazar. 

 

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Alberto Cáceres Centeno
Originally appeared in An Indoor-Outdoor House in Mexico Curves Around a Giant Tree
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Architect Barbara Bestor Los Angeles tile bathroom

Architect Barbara Bestor reworked the bathroom in this midcentury modern home of painter Francesca Gabbiani and artist, musician, and deejay Eddie Ruscha. She added a striped floor of Santander Granada Tile, Douglas Fir cladding, and Granada Serengeti tile flipped to create a one-of-a-kind pattern on the wall.

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Laure Joliet
Originally appeared in A Bright, Geometric Bathroom Renovation in Los Angeles
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Japanese-Inspired Bainbridge Island house Master Bathroom

Nestled in a grove of Douglas fir trees, this Japanese-inspired midcentury modern gem was renovated by SHED Architecture & Design for a family. For the master bath, the clients requested a splash of color: sea green concrete Moroccan tiles with geometric designs. The paper lanterns are also a clear homage to the building’s Japanese inspirations. 

 

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Originally appeared in A Smart Update for a Japanese-Inspired Midcentury Modern House
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modular beachside getaway Australia living room

For her family’s house near Melbourne, Anna Horne created a series of prefab wood modules using a design from the company Prebuilt. Horne sourced the living area’s red-and-white Tunisian tiles directly from a manufacturer online, one that's unfortunately no longer in operation. “It was the first site I looked at, the tiles were well priced, and the company was easy to deal with,” says Horne. “When I requested this specific tile in red, it just happened to be the perfect red, so I went with my gut instinct.” Against the tile background is a freestanding heater by Nectre. Horne bought the hepsi kilim on a trip to Turkey and found the large leather ottoman at a bazaar in Istanbul. The small ottoman is from Country Road.

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Originally appeared in This House is Why Friends Make the Best Collaborators
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Modern custom-tiled floor.

This 200-year-old factory in Umbria was transformed into an inviting home by designer Paola Navone. A carpet of custom tile created by Navone punctuates a corridor on the first floor.

 

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Originally appeared in Paola Navone's Industrial Style Renovation in Italy
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Moroccan tile wall in Phoenix Industrial Bungalow

Off the living room of this striking Phoenix home, two small bedrooms and a bathroom can be reached through sliding doors that, when closed, continue the cheerful pattern of the Moroccan cement tiles covering the wall. 

 

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Originally appeared in Amazing House is Half Historic and Half Modern
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Adrian Elizalde's Apartment Renovation in Barcelona while tiled mosaic floor

This renovated apartment in Barcelona plays with subtle color contrasts, such as the chromatic tile mosaics and the blond wood used for sliding doors and benches.

 

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Adrian Elizalde
Originally appeared in 1930s Barcelona Apartment Gets a Minimal Makeover
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Tel Aviv bathroom with tiled floor and blue glass cabinet

Israeli interior designer Lauren Reik renovated this roughly 750-square-foot apartment that belonged to her great-grandmother, transforming it into an inviting, open-plan space filled with personal touches. In the bathroom, Reik hand-made the tiles and also the blue glass cabinet that holds the sink.

 

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Oded Smadar for Bait Ve Noy
Originally appeared in Open-Plan, Personality-Filled Apartment in Tel Aviv
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Mexican living room with bright patterned floor tile

Lines are blurred between the indoors and outdoors in this modern Mexican retreat built around a 100-year-old tree. Eye-catching patterned tile offers a bold focal point in the living room. Antique midcentury chairs and a credenza furnish the space. In the living room and beyond, the architects purposefully avoided an open floor plan in favor of a collection of traditionally defined spaces. “Every space has its own character and belongs to a whole simultaneously,” says project architect Atahualpa Hernandez Salazar. 

 

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