Whether you’re using it as flooring, a backsplash or as a wall covering, tile is one the most versatile materials you can use in your home. It comes in all different shapes, sizes, and colors and allows you to create stunning floor designs that mimic a rug or embellish a wall with tiles that look like a piece of art. No matter what visual story you’re telling, there’s a tile you can use. 

Not to mention, there are so many options that are super durable, easy to clean and don’t show scratches, making it an excellent option for flooring in high traffic areas. But tile doesn’t always have to be used to create ornate or intricate designs in order to make a statement. And just because you select the tile in classic shapes and neutral colors doesn’t mean it has to be boring.

This is the perfect type of tile to use when you want the space to have movement and texture without using bright, bold colors. So today, I wanted to share a few ways you can use tile to create visual interest in minimalist designs.

Using larger floor tiles can make a room feel much larger. We keep the grout lines to a minimum, creating a monumental look rather than lots of little pieces. This lends itself to a visually calming ambiance. Matching the grout color to the tile color removes visual distractions and allows for a seamless look. By keeping the flooring to a minimum, the visual impact is focused elsewhere in the room.

In this open plan kitchen and dining room, the finishes were selected as to reflect elements in nature. The natural wood grain cabinets, the neutral tones of the tiles and paint color, and the earthy gray upholstered dining chairs are all very organic and welcoming. Everything complements each other and your eye is able to easily take in all the elements of the room.

Another way to add visual interest to a room is to use two different tiles. The key is to make sure the tiles scales are different. A smaller backsplash tile in an offset pattern paired with a larger tile in the traditional grid pattern makes sure nothing is competing for your attention. In this laundry room, the neutral floor tile anchors the room, while the backsplash tile adds a nice pop of color and creates movement.

Tile is also a wonderful alternative to hardwoods and is often unexpected! A light colored, over-sized porcelain tile evokes a serene feeling in this bedroom. A large rug placed under the bed warms up the tile and makes sure you have a soft place for your feet to land in the morning. Because the tile color coordinates seamlessly with the walls, your focus is drawn to the movement in the rug and the gorgeous textured accent wall behind the bed. The accent wall pulls the room together beautifully!

Tile is such a fun material to use in your home. It’s great for floors, backsplashes and creating fun wall designs. A classic shaped, neutral tile in a traditional pattern gives the space a modern, clean, minimalist vibe. It’s simple, relaxing and anything but boring! I hope today’s post has given you some new ideas on how to use tile in your designs.

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Laura U

Laura Umansky is a story-teller at heart. Her unique perspective and tailored design process empower her to create singular interiors for clients all over the world.

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