Using Tile to Create Design Elements

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Think beyond the basic backsplash and use tile pieces to create one-of-a-kind elements that will make your space shine.

bath with freestanding tub

Design by Danielle Robin | Photo by Jean Allsopp

Create a Wainscot

Elevate basic white subway tile by using trim pieces to mimic millwork on a tile wainscot. Here, the homeowner, artist Laurel-Dawn Latshaw, worked with a designer to create a box trim behind her free-standing bathtub, nicely framing the wall-mounted tub filler. On the floor, she reversed the wall tile selection and choose a dark tile with white grout laid in a classic herringbone pattern.

Shop our similar style: Classic White Gloss Ceramic, Quarter Round Gloss Ceramic, Negro Marquina Honed Marble


bathroom with black tile

Design by Heidi Caillier Design | Photo by Haris Kenjar

Go All-In with Color

Floor-to-ceiling tile is always a bold choice, so why not go all-in with a dramatic color? The matte black tile sings in the small space, and gives the brass hardware a chance to shine.

Shop our similar styles: Makoto Kuroi Black, Valencia Black Deco


bathroom with tile rug

Design by Jean Stoffer Design | Photo by Stoffer Photography

Mimic a Rug

In a large space, break up the expanse of floor tile by inserting a mosaic in the center. Designer Jean Stoffer chose large-format marble tiles for this primary bath space, and created a "rug" with a marble mosaic that both matches and contrasts the rest of the floor. The result is a graphic moment that modernizes the classic materials.

Shop our similar styles: 12x24 White Carrara, Bling White Marble Geo


bathroom with tile mosaic

Design by Landed Interiors | Photo by Haris Kenjar

Recreate Historical Details

Careful attention to detail and creative planning came together in this stunning space, which feels equally historic and whimsical. A mix of square and rectangular handcrafted tiles topped with a smart black trim create a classic wainscot, while black penny mosaic forms a tidy trim on the floor. The designer kicked these classic elements up a notch with soft pink walls and a playful tile in the tub nook.

Shop our similar styles: Penny Mosaic, Handcraft White, Handcraft Black Trim, Málaga San Carlos

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