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

Photo Credit:  Lonny

Photo Credit: Lonny

Or this kitchen Portuguese tile accent piece.

Photo Credit:  Carla Aston

Photo Credit: Carla Aston

They can add a colorful and artistic personality to a space like in this staircase in Jaipur, India…

Photo Credit:  The Jungalow

Photo Credit: The Jungalow

Or this bohemian bathroom.

Photo Credit:  Decoholic

Photo Credit: Decoholic

And even in black and white with a distinctive pattern, it can have a unique charm like interior designer Jessica Helgerson’s work in the Mexican restaurant Corazón

Photo Credit:  Design Sponge

Photo Credit: Design Sponge

Or in Capree Kimball's dramatic bathroom renovation.

Photo Credit:  Apartment Therapy

Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy

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.

Photo Credit:  Mimar Interiors

Photo Credit: Mimar Interiors