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Non-Traditional Uses for Tile: Applying Tile to More than just a Wall or Floor

Tile is usually thought of as the foundation for a wall or floor and most people really only use tile for those two applications. It is also very common to see tile used as an artistic accent or a beautiful back-splash. Lately, we’ve noticed some unexpected and out of the box uses for tile, and would love to share them as a source of inspiration for your next home design project.  These ideas will make you think of tile as more than just a functional choice.

Tile as a Headboard

In the bedroom, most think of a headboard as an upholstered add-on to the bed frame.  The concept of a headboard can also work nicely as more of an abstract feature, in the form of tiling the wall adjacent to the bed. It offers a striking floor-to-ceiling focal point and is an easy way to add drama to your bedroom. Houston Natural, a wood-look tile, is a warm and inviting choice, as is our Linkfloor Roll Contract Cotton.

Tile as an Accent Rug/Carpeting

Seamlessly integrating patterned tile with flooring can mimic the look of carpeting or an accent rug. This works especially well with patterned tiles laid as the “carpet”, surrounded by a neutral colored tile. Our Antique series, combined with a wood-look Ascot Teca or cement-like Portland Acero is the perfect match.

Tile as a Fireplace

Fireplaces are more than just a functional element. They can become the highlight of a room with some simple tile work. Opt for a textured tile, like Island Beige or a classic striped tile like Technic Line Dark.