Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tile and Pattern

So often when we think of tile the first thing to come to mind is a plain white subway tile. But there are beautifully patterned tiles out there. Wallpapers are getting so much attention with their bold contemporary looks, their fresh takes on traditional patterns as well as lots of vintage inspired designs. All these ideas are available in tile too! Why should wallpaper have all the fun? Let's look at some fabulous tile designed to create an all over pattern, just like wallpaper but far more durable.

Pratt & Larson Bas Relief concepts

Pratt & Larson Bas Relief Vine Flowers
In the Pratt & Larson Bas Relief series one tile is repeated to create a larger pattern.  Use them to fill an accent wall, a back splash or an entire room! 

Veranda by Grid
Alcazar by Grid

The Chiaro Motifs series by Grid applies bold patterns and colors to the back of a smooth glass tile. Perfect for adding a fabulous pattern in a wet area like a shower stall or tub surround. 

Screen printed patterns from Tempest Tileworks
Tile above the cabinets emphasizes the wallpaper look.

Tempest Tileworks
 screen prints their tile much the same way hand printed wall paper is made. The images can then be hand colored for extra impact. 

KJ Patternson pictures courtesy of Filmore Clark
KJ Patterson's encaustic tiles make a surprising appearance on the wall of this laundry room, livening up a usually neglected space. Her beautiful patterns take center stage in this fantastic entry way. Patterned tiles aren't  just for the floor!

These beautiful patterns from Metolius Ridge Tile are inspired by textiles. The Ikat pattern would make a great rug but imagine the impact it could make as an accent wall! 

Danse - Laser cut stone mosaics
Jardin Series - Palmetto
Jardin Series - Papillon

Artistic Tile offers some amazing laser cut stone mosaics, creating patterns from stone as delicate as ribbon. Their Jardin series created by Pratt & Larson uses an organically shaped ceramic tile to hide the grout lines in the overall pattern.

So many tile companies offer beautiful overall patterns. Be bold! Embrace them for an entire room of pattern, or maybe go half way and just use patterned tiles above a field of subway done up to the chair rail, or maybe as a single accent wall for a dramatic impact. Don't let wallpaper have all the fun!