Classic, polished and clean, subway tile is like the “French manicure” of wall tile. In the past decade, subway tile has surged in popularity due to its versatility in complementing any space. When used in combination with starkly different design elements, subway tile allows the rest of the room to “speak” while making a subtle statement itself.
We’ve compiled just a few rooms that inspire us to install subway tiling in our homes. Which look is your favorite?
The reclaimed wooden elements are the focus of this kitchen when paired with the subway tile backsplash. The tile’s long and narrow sizing creates a unique contemporary look that complements the rustic elements of the room.
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This kitchen’s tiled walls don’t beg for all the attention, acting as the perfect backdrop to anchor the wooden window trimming and other surrounding traditional elements.
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Complete with a yellow Labrador dog, this space represents a timelessly classic kitchen design. The beveled tile in the backsplash gives the wall some depth, making the white coloring more interesting to the eye. By using a white grout to set the tiles, individual tiles are not differentiated from each other and provide a clean looking design.
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Grout color becomes a design element when the tile covers this much of a room’s surface area. To create a uniform look with a highly contrasting black floor, the subway tile was laid in a grey grout. By outlining individual tiles the bathroom boasts a sophisticated minimalist design.
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An interesting twist on the traditional look, this shower is lined with elongated subway tiles cut from marble stone. Using tiles made of a material similar to the hexagon flooring gives the bathroom a comprehensive look.
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Wondering what to pair with a bold, geometric floor tile? The simplicity of this shower backsplash creates an enduring look that has a modern, exceptional flair.
By mix and matching colors and shapes, this shower looks more like a contemporary art museum than a bathroom wall. Tiles made of glass give this shower an unpredictable design twist.
We are excited to share our latest obsessions in bathroom tile designs. Be bold! Make your bathroom exciting with one of these 3 bathroom themes. Whether you are into vibrant colors, textile patterns, or whimsical styles to enliven your bathroom, we have design ideas to inspire you.
Tiles Inspired by Textile Patterns
These bathroom designs are oriented around graphic textile patterns from around the world. The tiling patterns shown above are inspired by geometric shapes and designs seen in ancient cultures, like the Aztecs. We find that these striking handmade tiles look great in limited or open-footprint bathrooms as the bold patterns make the room feel larger by expanding the boundaries of the visual space. In a small powder bathroom, these bold patterns will wow your short-term visitors.
Place Tiles in Unique Locations
We love to play with this popular tile trend by challenging the conventions of where tile can be installed throughout a home. The bathrooms pictured are lively, attention-grabbing, and energizing, which will make any bathroom visitor feel welcome into your home. The designers of these tiles chose to tile all the way up the walls in places that are never exposed to water. Paired with the bright color combinations, this gratuitous tile placement creates much more interesting spaces, moves light around in the area, and adds a unique texture.
Elaborate on Ordinary Tiles
Our last set of bathroom tile designs features ordinary tiles laid out in clever ways. This technique works well in bathrooms that have open space and use minimal furniture to accentuate these exciting designs. Ordinary made interesting bathroom tiling is the perfect way to infuse spirit into your bathroom without relying on expensive custom tiles. These tiling styles are usually envisioned by designers with a creative eye so don’t hesitate to ask for guidance or do some of your own research on designs.
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As bedroom sets are a hot button issue for our interior designers, we wanted to showcase a selection of bedroom sets where an apparent aspect of the design process went horribly wrong.
Royal Gold Bedroom Set
This ornate bedroom set overplays its opulent style, resulting in a grotesque metallic-looking mess. Does this bed look inviting to you? To me, it looks sharp and uncomfortable.
Bedroom Bliss Bedroom Set
This bedroom set is trying to do way too much by combining an ostentatious appearance with an inflated sense of self-importance. The gold edges each have different shades of reflective surfaces to bewilder potential sleepers. This gold plated design would be better suited for a makeup case. The shabby rug, which is difficult to integrate successfully into any bedroom design, blatantly clashes with the flashy appearance of the bed frame and dressers.
Egyptian Guest Bedroom Set
Unless you are ancient Egyptian king, this is not a bedroom for the modern day individual. I picture this design better fitting in at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. It’s surprising that any element could feel out of place in this absurd design, but the gritty tan wall above the headboard disrupts the overall color scheme.
Modern Tropical Bedroom Set
Going for a whimsical look, this modern tropical style bedroom feels quite contrived, with the headboard and bed appearing to be two separate entities. The leaf-infused headboard creates a discordant atmosphere with the rest of the room. Brightly disturbing to onlookers, it’s no wonder that this person is likely seeking a quick escape from that godawful headboard.
Check out our Pinterest Board for more bedroom sets and to see sources for each bedroom design.
Summer weather is upon us, and with that brings grass-stained clothing, children covered in dirt, and lots of sweat and germs that are bound to contaminate your home. In order to keep the mess of summer outside and the summer joys inside your home, we’ve compiled several of our top summer cleaning tips for maintaining a clean and organized home this sunny season. Read on!
Floor Summer Cleaning
First and foremost is the importance of your floors. We all know the value of beautiful and quality floors, so summer cleaning and protection of your floors is extremely important for both your wallet, the value of your home, and for the safety of your friends and family.
If your kids play summer sports or attend camp, chances are there is sand in their shoes, clothing, or hair, so make sure to keep a doormat at your entrances to limit the amount of dirt that comes indoors. Along with that, make sure to vacuum your floors weekly in order to rid your floors of dust and allergens.
Floors can ripple, discolor, and crack from the amount of sunlight and humidity that they encounter, so be proactive and keep your blinds and curtains closed.
Bathroom Summer Cleaning
The bathroom will be a room that will see plenty of activity this summer season thanks to sporting games and outdoor play, so make sure that counters, toilets, showers and doorknobs are regularly cleaned. If your home is prone to humidity, make it a point to keep shower curtains and windows open, and fans on, as this will aid in the prevention of mold, mildew, and moisture build-up.
Laundry Room Summer Cleaning
If summer is the season of active children, that means that your laundry room will be the room where they will unload their sweaty shirts, grass-stained shorts, and dirty socks. Keep multiple hampers for active wear and casual clothing, and make sure your summer cleaning includes the floors, hampers, and surfaces regularly.
If you have additional tips for keeping your home clean and healthy this summer, share them in the comment section below!