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5 Ways To Work With Patterned Tiles

Add an interesting touch to your floors with these ideas!


From machuca to encaustic, ceramic and cement, patterned tiles are a staple for designers and homeowners alike. We can't say we're surprised—after all, the intricate designs and happy colors make for a sure-fire way to wake up a dull space. To inspire you to work with this classic design element, we've listed five easy ways on how you can incorporate the look into your home: 

1. Use it to build an accent wall. 

Take accent walls to the next level by creating one out of tiles instead of the usual paint. Start by picking a design you like—preferably something subtle to keep the look streamlined—and extend it from the floor to an entire panel. Remember to pick furniture pieces that come in lighter washes to keep the space from looking overdecorated. 

2. Use it to create visual interest in a minimalist-inspired room. 

For those who like sticking to clean lines and simple designs, you can still dabble in using patterned tiles by going with graphic prints instead of vibrant colors. Consider choosing non-hues such as white, ecru, and light gray to maintain your aesthetic. 

3. Use it to add a pop of color to your T&B. 

If you're not a huge fan of white bathroom basics, you can spruce it up by using tiles in loud colors. Feel free to settle with a single style, but if you're feeling more adventurous you could always mix-and-match a few designs. Don't forget to stick to your chosen color palette to keep the look cohesive. 

4. Use it as a substitute for carpets. 

If you like the look of rugs, but your schedule can't accommodate the maintenance, you can still achieve the look with colored tiles. Outline the space in a cool-toned color like green and fill the center with a warm-toned tile like orange to create an interesting backdrop for an entertainment area. 

5. Use it to anchor a space. 

If your home doesn't have a proper entryway, you can use patterned tiles to create boundaries between spaces. Experiment with using a bright color to carve out a foyer and transition to a neutral to establish a dining or living area. 

PHOTOS: Dwell and EstiloyDeco (Main) | Bob Blaha via Pinterest | Remodelista | Coats Homes

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