Think Beyond a Backsplash
In a modern take on a period kitchen, the materials matter, and in this new space in a Victorian home, it's the tile that gives authenticity to the room. When taken to the ceiling, classic subway tile lends a historic note, reminiscent of European utilitarian rooms. You might think the bold design move would feel cold, but cladding walls in anything other than sheetrock is always the cozy move.
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Scale it Down
The easiest way to change the look is to choose a smaller (or larger!) scale tile in a classic form. Large tiles are ideal for bigger walls like showers, while small mosaics fit nicely on a backsplash. Keep in mind that smaller tile = more grout lines so this application is best in a spot that won't need frequent scrubbing.
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Add an Accent Tile
One of the more widely available and inexpensive options, subway tile is a good budget choice for large-scale projects. To bring a little interest, consider adding a contrasting tile to your pattern, like this black penny tile border. The designer capitalized on contrast to add pattern and drama to an otherwise classic and straightforward shower.
Try a New Pattern
An offset brick layer's pattern is the classic choice, but if you are looking for something a little less conventional, you're in luck! Rectangular tiles are of the most versatile options for trying out new patterns, which range from classic (think herringbone) to fun (like the crosshatch pattern, above). If you'd like some more ideas, check out our previous post on the subject: 5 Ways to Lay Rectangular Tile
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The classic material gets a big update when in colorful iterations. While other tile shapes may feel trendy or of-the-moment, the traditional shape and scale of subway tile maintains its appeal in almost any color. We love the way the white marble and brass fittings pop against the moody, dark tile in this Seattle bathroom.
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Design and photo by Chris Loves Julia
If you are looking for a slightly softer look than stark white, a handcrafted tile might be a good choice. The subtle color variations bring a tonal quality to this Utah kitchen, which features white and light wood cabinetry with just hints of contrast. Tiling the range hood is another stylish choice, which keeps the eye moving around the room, and of course, really shows off that beautiful tile.
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