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The Same Pattern Creates a Different Look

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath, Tile

Take a look at these two photos. On the surface the tiles couldn’t be more different, but if you look closer you will notice that both have the exact tile pattern. The feel of a floor has to do with the choice of tile as much as the tile’s design.

The tile floor on the left is a classic look for a modern bathroom. The light blues have enough variations to stay interesting while not enough to call attention to the floor itself. This is good background flooring.

On the other hand, the tile on the right is a critical part of the look and feel of the room. It’s a perfect fit for the space between that luscious wrought iron gate and the dramatic staircase and banister.

What mood does that tile evoke for you? It seems as though the room has moved here from another era, a world of beautiful clothes. It’s easy to see that this is not a contemporary space. That the photo was taken in Paris almost seems obvious due to the rich tones and inviting old-world design. That floor is all of that and more, and yet it is a design match for the ceramic bathroom flooring on the left.

Choosing the right flooring for the right style can be tricky, and both design and tile choices are part of the final appearance. If you want your home to feel like 1890’s Paris, how about taking a chance and reproducing this floor? You may not be able to find a gate like this one, but you could be one step closer to re-creating a turn-of-the-century Paris feel in your home.

Tile Water Fountain

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating, Tile

Have you wanted to add a fountain to your landscape but found yourself dissatisfied with your choices? How about designing your own fountain using a circulating pump and some tiles?

The one in this photo is pretty dramatic, so you might want to start with something a bit simpler. Or you could look into landscape architects who have worked on fountains before.

By designing your own fountain or even waterfall using tile, you are unlimited when it comes to colors, styles and mood. Would you like a modern fountain? Consider glass tile or even slate to shine under the water. If you’re leaning toward a more Moorish look, how about adding some figured tiles that show off their rich tones and patterns? A selection of hand-painted Mexican tiles along the edge of a simpler tile or stone choice and you can create a south-of-the border water feature.

Tile is sturdy enough to handle the outdoors and the splash of water. The only thing you may want to do is to make sure the water you use is not too mineral-rich because that can damage the look of the tile.

Tile also comes in all shapes and sizes, and prices! You can have a beautiful fountain by showcasing several more expensive tiles as trim while using a more reasonably-priced tile for the basic structure. And how about a light blue tile at the bottom of a pool to make that water look even more clean and inviting?

Want a fountain that’s unique to your home? Build your own with tile.