Tile Faux Surfaces

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    Tile options are no longer limited to just ceramic and porcelain. Nowadays, there are many styles of tile to choose from - ranging from metal, pebble, brick, glass, and mosaic, to tiles that mimic material like metal, wood, fabric, rubber, glass, and paper.

    Faux Wood Tiles

    This tile surface looks exactly like wood - down to its very grain. It is made from porcelain or ceramic and manufactured to look like wood. Most companies are offering them in at least 5 shades that mimic different types of wood color, like oak, maple, and beech.

    Faux Fabric and Paper Tiles

    A backsplash or shower is not a very practical place to hang wallpaper. Now imagine faux fabric and faux paper tiles in your Asian Inspired bathroom, with walls that mimic silk fabric down to its very texture and a pebble stone shower floor. Zen!

    Faux Metal Tiles

    When I think industrial, I think steel. Metal tiles are gaining popularity, not just for backsplashes, but also as a tiled ceiling finish designed with or without faux wooden beams. They come in several different finishes, like brushed and polished and are versatile, durable, and great looking. Faux metal tiles are a material that can be used around your fireplace mantle when you are looking to convert the old fire place into something more contemporary.

    Faux Marble Tile

    Faux marble tiles are great for a bath built for royalty with inexpensive material. Faux marble tile is less expensive compared to real marble, but promises the exact royal feel and look of marble. The tile comes in several colors and is a great way to make your bath or kitchen look like it was meant for a Sultan. Picture this: white “marble” tiles with a hint of grey in your bath or kitchen with neat and clean lined contemporary fixtures.

    Faux Leather Tile

    Leather is never passé. I think of leather as very versatile because it is absolutely not gender biased. If mindful of color and texture, leather can create a statement whether it's used on a large scale or a small scale. It can be installed as an accent with faux wood tiles or by itself. White, brown, or beige, they look and feel great in any space.

    Whatever the surface is, always keep it simple and keep it classic. Trends come and go. As a designer, I have always advised my clients to “Keep it Classic, Accent with Trendy.” In economic times like these, if you are shopping for tile, the above formula will enable you to achieve the look you want by spending less. Never be shy to ask for discounts or leftover pieces if you are looking for a few pieces to accent.

    Once you've chosen the tile that's best for you, hire a professional tile installer to get the job done right.

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