When we talk about tile, we know tile floors are common in bathrooms, surrounding a bathtub, shower and sometimes you'll see tile on the walls. Tile floors are also common in other rooms, especially where we enter a home and of course, the kitchen. They're all places where water might damage floors or walls, so we tend to think about tile as a building material.
Tile isn't what we think about when it comes to decorating … but we should!
There are many ways to use tile to decorate your home. What prompted me to write this article is an incredible website I found called the Color Bakery. I love bold, bright colors so I was intrigued by a business using “Color” in their name, and especially combining it with “Bakery” so I had to explore and learn what kind of color they were referring to. I found some beautiful tile and stained glass products custom made to fit any room in your home.
My idea is to start a list of small, custom tile companies that you can explore to find just the one for the look and feel you're looking for as everyone is different and what one person loves might not be attractive to others. With that said, remember that most homeowners will sell their house some day and you need to consider this when decorating with tile. One of the easiest ways to get a home ready for sale is with a new coat of paint. If you use custom tile, plan ahead for moving. Will you cut out your tile and take it with you? or cover over it to make your home attractive to the largest group of prospective buyers.
Color Bakery, ColorBakery.com
This website inspired this article. At Color Bakery, they design and manufacture upscale tile murals made from glass, ceramic and tumbled stone. They also use their designs for other home decor products and these make perfect gifts for those who value art. With more than a thousand different designs ranging from patterns and dreamscapes to photos and more, they offer you a wide range of choices. They will even create a custom design for you, using your own artwork or their designs and producing products from tile murals to tote bags.
Pony Barn Ceramics, PonyBarnCeramics.com
Sam Goodall offers unique tile designs that blend musical symbols and notation, contemporary interpretations of celtic interlacing and knotwork plus architectural and textile designs from the late 1800s into the early 20th century.
Sam creates works of art that are beautiful and functional, supporting her clients with designs they will use in their homes and enjoy for many years. She also creates commemorative tiles for weddings and births.