Hey there,  Nicole here… resident tile guru! 

This week we are diving into monochromatic spaces. A look at the simplistic yet stunning impact a bit of  tone on tone action can achieve.  Hold on to your seats, because things are about to get beautiful!

Have you ever seen a kitchen and your eyes went straight to the backsplash,  walked into a small powder room and awed at the patterned floor, or stepped into a shower that was immersed in natural stone. That my friends is what I like to call tile heaven.

Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

In our recent outdoor kitchen project, we used this glass mosaic backsplash which has plenty of unique characteristics. The shade and surface texture of the backsplash helps each piece to  truly stand out and offers plenty of visual interest with its color variation and pattern play.



Handpainted terra-cotta tile will aways hold a special place in my heart. Dressing up stair risers with these ornate details  in an array of blues is a great way to pull color and fun  throughout the space. 



The mixture of elements in these space makes it nothing less than magical. Incorporating cement tile, ceramic, and metals. Yes Please!





This installation of  large format tile and using  the natural edge to finish off the design gives an organic feel to the space and high visual impact. 

Quality tile is a true investment in your home and allows a curated space to come together. Its all in the details and these monochromatic gems will remain classic, and are versatile enough to incorporate pops of color when the time is right! 

Till next time,

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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