12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home

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By Dwell and Annie Fleming / Published by Dwell
Want to add a pop of color to your kitchen backsplash or redesign your shower with a cool pattern? Well, we have a solution for you. Style with tile! Tile is an awesome way to brighten and transform the look of any room in your home.

Get inspired and take a peek at various ways homeowners have incorporated tile into their houses. 

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 1 of 12 - In the master bath, a dowdy tub was replaced with a standing shower designed by Di Ioia and Bédard and manufactured by Linea P International. The wall and floor tiles are by Ceragres, and the sink, tub, and towel rack are by Aqua Mobilier de Bain.

In the master bath, a dowdy tub was replaced with a standing shower designed by Di Ioia and Bédard and manufactured by Linea P International. The wall and floor tiles are by Ceragres, and the sink, tub, and towel rack are by Aqua Mobilier de Bain.

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 2 of 12 - The vanity countertop is Corian's Glacier White. The sconces are Glo-Ball designs by Jasper Morrison for Flos.

The vanity countertop is Corian's Glacier White. The sconces are Glo-Ball designs by Jasper Morrison for Flos.

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 3 of 12 - This renovated apartment in Barcelona plays with subtle color contrasts, such as the chromatic tile mosaics and the blond wood used for sliding doors and benches.

This renovated apartment in Barcelona plays with subtle color contrasts, such as the chromatic tile mosaics and the blond wood used for sliding doors and benches.

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 4 of 12 - The three-by-12-inch porcelain pieces are inspired by the industrial wood floors of the 1970s, but are of the moment thanks to their subtle grain pattern and versatile applications.

The three-by-12-inch porcelain pieces are inspired by the industrial wood floors of the 1970s, but are of the moment thanks to their subtle grain pattern and versatile applications.

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 5 of 12 - A carpet of custom tile created by Navone punctuates a corridor on the first floor.

A carpet of custom tile created by Navone punctuates a corridor on the first floor.

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 6 of 12 - Off the living room, two small bedrooms and a bathroom can be reached through sliding doors that, when closed, continue the cheerful pattern of the Moroccan cement tiles covering the wall.

Off the living room, two small bedrooms and a bathroom can be reached through sliding doors that, when closed, continue the cheerful pattern of the Moroccan cement tiles covering the wall.

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 7 of 12 - Replacing the old toilet with a wall-hung Duravit model continues the floating theme, which is echoed by the custom recessed magazine caddy. The room’s sole freestanding piece is a glass-sided cabinet from Restoration Hardware. The diamond-shaped tile is from the Dwell collection at Heath Ceramics.

Replacing the old toilet with a wall-hung Duravit model continues the floating theme, which is echoed by the custom recessed magazine caddy. The room’s sole freestanding piece is a glass-sided cabinet from Restoration Hardware. The diamond-shaped tile is from the Dwell collection at Heath Ceramics.

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 8 of 12 - In the upper-level bathroom, tiles painstakingly fired by DeSimio cover the walls and ceiling.

In the upper-level bathroom, tiles painstakingly fired by DeSimio cover the walls and ceiling.

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 9 of 12 - In the living room of the Barcelona apartment designer Elina Vila D’Acosta-Calheiros shares with her husband, Ginés Gorriz, Arne Jacobsen Swan chairs join a sofa by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani. The cabinet is from Cappellini, as is the Marcel Wanders Big Shadow lamp.

In the living room of the Barcelona apartment designer Elina Vila D’Acosta-Calheiros shares with her husband, Ginés Gorriz, Arne Jacobsen Swan chairs join a sofa by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani. The cabinet is from Cappellini, as is the Marcel Wanders Big Shadow lamp.

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 10 of 12 - To create a bit more texture in the kitchen and baths, the couple added classic checkered tiles from the local hardware store—an inexpensive option that broke up the polished concrete floors spanning the rest of the house. Pavonetti designed and built the pedestal sinks using reclaimed cedar siding.

To create a bit more texture in the kitchen and baths, the couple added classic checkered tiles from the local hardware store—an inexpensive option that broke up the polished concrete floors spanning the rest of the house. Pavonetti designed and built the pedestal sinks using reclaimed cedar siding.

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 11 of 12 - In the dining room, which opens to the backyard terrace, original tilework on the floors and walls complement decidedly modern counterparts—an original 1938 Butterfly chair <br><br>by Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan, and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, and a 1983 TMC floor lamp by Spanish designer Miguel Milá.

In the dining room, which opens to the backyard terrace, original tilework on the floors and walls complement decidedly modern counterparts—an original 1938 Butterfly chair

by Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan, and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, and a 1983 TMC floor lamp by Spanish designer Miguel Milá.

12 Creative Ways to Use Tile in Your Home - Photo 12 of 12 - The renovation of the kitchen added 100 square feet to the space, along with larger windows to let in more light. The appliances are Thermador, and the black-and-white floor tile by Granada Tile.

The renovation of the kitchen added 100 square feet to the space, along with larger windows to let in more light. The appliances are Thermador, and the black-and-white floor tile by Granada Tile.