We love the idea of an unexpected design element. Having an original pop of color or surprising texture can really make all the difference in a room. Tiles have both those qualities and, therefore, double the potential to impress.
Whether used as a combination of simple squares or as a complex mosaic, tiles have been used for decor since the 13th century BC. After all this time, they can still be just as beautiful and unique.
They can be part of just a small highlight like this decorative sink from the Hudson Valley boutique hotel Glenmere Mansion…
Or this kitchen Portuguese tile accent piece.
They can add a colorful and artistic personality to a space like in this staircase in Jaipur, India…
Or this bohemian bathroom.
Or in Capree Kimball's dramatic bathroom renovation.
When done right, tiles can even be the star of the room like in this jaw dropping living room. You may need a mosaic artist to install this one, though, but for this look, it’s definitely worth it.