Tile is most commonly used as flooring, but it’s growing in popularity in other areas. Tiling has started to climb the walls instead of stopping at the baseboards. Today, you’ll find tile elevated as a design element or accent feature on walls. Because it comes in so many materials, textures, sizes, colors, and patterns, wall tile is a versatile option when you want to get creative. Here are some ideas to consider:
- The main differences between floor tile and wall tile are weight and durability. Look for styles that can work for both. You can also find many options that complement each other to take design ideas from one level to the next.
- Traditional tiles are made of stone, ceramic, or porcelain, but modern options include faux marble or wood tile. Glass, mirror, steel, and copper varieties are also becoming popular. Both floor and wall tiles are practical for everyday use, but their real value is in creating visual impact and design depth when used on different surfaces.
- Tiles can be cut to any size, giving you greater control when it comes to creative design. Mix and match colors and sizes for a one-of-a-kind mosaic. Use a single style in unusual patterns like herringbone, spirals, or geometric patterns. Or add an artistic pop with just a few custom tiles.
- Create your own optical illusions. For example, tiling that starts on the floor and continues up a wall tricks the eye into making even a small space seem larger. Similarly, tiling a small fireplace from hearth to ceiling adds height and creates drama. You can also use like color tones, but different materials or textures, to visually draw areas together for smooth transitions and a seamless design.
The Latest Tile Style
Today’s tile choices now go well beyond porcelain and ceramic to include new luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs). LVTs are digitally printed and available in virtually every color and pattern. In fact, faux stone or wood-look LVTs are all but indistinguishable from the real thing. They rival traditional tile in looks, but cost less and wear better. Thanks to protective vinyl layers that prevent cracks, scratches, scuffs, and gouges, it’s right at home in even the busiest homes.
For more decorating ideas, talk to the experts at Malkin’s Flooring—and see why people are raving about their service and style.