Creative Tile Designs

Jan 01, 2011 | Networx Team
 
Mosaic floor tile
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From ceramic to cork to bronze and even paper, tile can be made out of almost any material you can think of. As well as a vast selection of tile materials these days, there is also a virtually endless array of creative design combinations. If you are considering a creative tile design or using an unconventional tile type, make sure you do your homework first.

Considerations when planning your tile design

1. Choose Material – Choose your material based on where the tile will be installed (floor, wall, backsplash, shower, etc.), as well as your tastes and budget. Make sure the tile is suitable for the intended surface. For example, a mosaic floor may not be the best idea for a large, heavy-traffic area since the installation is lengthy and tedious, and in that space, will end up with wear and tear. 

2. Choose a Reliable Installer – Choosing a reliable tile contractor for installation is the key to a successful and high-quality tile project. This is especially true for more complicated tile designs.

3. Color and Style Combination – Try to stay with color combinations that are not just current trends, but will be stylish for a long time. Use a maximum of 3 tile styles per room to avoid a "busy" look.

4. Budget – As mentioned above, budget is an important deciding factor when deciding on a particular kind of tile. Special tile installations can often be pricey, so make sure to plan out your project and all related costs.

Images of creative tile ideas

 
Wall tilesHouzz.com
 
Grape clusters wall tileTouch of Class
 
Penny floor tileHouzz.com
 
Colorful mosaic floor tileMosaic Art Source
 
Colorful backsplash designThe Kitchen Blog
 
Creative glass tile backsplashBedrock Industries
 
Creative shower tilesBathroom Photo Gallery
 
Black and white shower tilesHouzz.com
 
Cork tileModwalls.com
 
Bronze tile

Paper tilesInterior Design.net
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