7 Vibrant and Modern Tile Accents

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March 24, 2014
Festooned with color and pattern, these seven designs use tile to create striking visual effects.
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  Together with architect Nunzia Carbone, Italian expat Edoardo Allegranti renovated a traditional 1930s brick row house on a residential alleyway in central Shanghai. The interior features a mix of rustic and modern accents. In the bathroom, antique doors are juxtaposed against vibrant yellow and green tile, which extends seamlessly across the floor and up the walls. Photo by Christian Schaulin.  Photo by: Christian Schaulin

    Together with architect Nunzia Carbone, Italian expat Edoardo Allegranti renovated a traditional 1930s brick row house on a residential alleyway in central Shanghai. The interior features a mix of rustic and modern accents. In the bathroom, antique doors are juxtaposed against vibrant yellow and green tile, which extends seamlessly across the floor and up the walls. Photo by Christian Schaulin.

    Photo by: Christian Schaulin

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  A visit to the Alhambra, in Granada, Spain, inspired the tile-clad bathroom in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, apartment Alex Gil and Claudia DeSimio renovated. DeSimio handcrafted more than 6,000 seashell-shaped tiles for to cover the room's walls and ceiling. Photo by: Paul Barbera.  Photo by: Paul Barbera

    A visit to the Alhambra, in Granada, Spain, inspired the tile-clad bathroom in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn, apartment Alex Gil and Claudia DeSimio renovated. DeSimio handcrafted more than 6,000 seashell-shaped tiles for to cover the room's walls and ceiling. Photo by: Paul Barbera.

    Photo by: Paul Barbera

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  In her Barcelona apartment, Benedetta Tagliabue marries old and new. Flooring made of diagonally placed rectangular patches of delightfully patterned baldosa hidráulica (tiles made with tinted cements, widely used in 19th-century homes here and in France) that reflect the sun’s rays, create “rooms of light” as Tagliabue describes them. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

    In her Barcelona apartment, Benedetta Tagliabue marries old and new. Flooring made of diagonally placed rectangular patches of delightfully patterned baldosa hidráulica (tiles made with tinted cements, widely used in 19th-century homes here and in France) that reflect the sun’s rays, create “rooms of light” as Tagliabue describes them. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  A carpet of custom tile created by Paola Navone punctuates a corridor on the first floor of a 200-year-old Italian farmhouse she renovated. Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen.  Photo by: Wichmann + Bendtsen

    A carpet of custom tile created by Paola Navone punctuates a corridor on the first floor of a 200-year-old Italian farmhouse she renovated. Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen.

    Photo by: Wichmann + Bendtsen

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  To complement the white-washed custom cabinetry in her modern Connecticut kitchen, architect Julie Salles Schaffer designed a tile backsplash to resemble “melting butter in a white pan." Daltile arranged her two-color AutoCAD design—white and off-white—onto a mesh backing for a small fee. To soften the edges of the cabinets’ drawers and doors, Schaffer requested radial edging. Photo by Daniel Shea.  Photo by: Daniel Shea

    To complement the white-washed custom cabinetry in her modern Connecticut kitchen, architect Julie Salles Schaffer designed a tile backsplash to resemble “melting butter in a white pan." Daltile arranged her two-color AutoCAD design—white and off-white—onto a mesh backing for a small fee. To soften the edges of the cabinets’ drawers and doors, Schaffer requested radial edging. Photo by Daniel Shea.

    Photo by: Daniel Shea

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  “There’s no right answer except to play and experiment,” Jonathan Adler says about furnishing the interior of his Shelter Island beach house. He reupholstered vintage Warren Platner chairs with velvet from Kravet. Drawings by Eva Hesse inspired the custom ceramic wall tile. Adler also created the coffee table, rug, planters, and gold stool. The pendant lamp is from Rewire in Los Angeles and the artwork is by Jean-Pierre Clément. Photo by: Floto + Warner  Photo by: Floto + Warner

    “There’s no right answer except to play and experiment,” Jonathan Adler says about furnishing the interior of his Shelter Island beach house. He reupholstered vintage Warren Platner chairs with velvet from Kravet. Drawings by Eva Hesse inspired the custom ceramic wall tile. Adler also created the coffee table, rug, planters, and gold stool. The pendant lamp is from Rewire in Los Angeles and the artwork is by Jean-Pierre Clément. Photo by: Floto + Warner

    Photo by: Floto + Warner

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  Blending two Nordic and Moorish cultures, Moroccan-inspired tile lines the floors in the cafe at Stockholm's Scandic Grand Central hotel.  Courtesy of: © Patrik Lindell

    Blending two Nordic and Moorish cultures, Moroccan-inspired tile lines the floors in the cafe at Stockholm's Scandic Grand Central hotel.

    Courtesy of: © Patrik Lindell

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  Lynda and Peter Benoit used seconds from Heath Ceramics to clad the backsplash in their renovated Emeryville, California, loft. Though the surfaces aren't as uniformly colored nor as flat as first-run tiles, they offer a unique tone and texture when the tiles are laid out. Photo by: Drew Kelly.  Photo by: Drew Kelly

    Lynda and Peter Benoit used seconds from Heath Ceramics to clad the backsplash in their renovated Emeryville, California, loft. Though the surfaces aren't as uniformly colored nor as flat as first-run tiles, they offer a unique tone and texture when the tiles are laid out. Photo by: Drew Kelly.

    Photo by: Drew Kelly

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