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Six Designs Inspired by Tile

I’m working with Floor & Decor on a few posts for the blog around the three main things they carry: wood, tile, and stone. I’ve already shared my experience with wood (and bamboo), and for the other two posts, I thought it would be fun to put together a bunch of designs inspired by tile and stone. I went to my local Floor & Decor and picked up a whole bunch of my favorites, then came home and played around with paint swatches, wallpaper samples, and other design elements to create different designs.

Today I’m sharing looks inspired by ceramic and porcelain tiles, and in a future post, I’ll do the same for marble, slate, and travertine tiles.

And yes, I totally want to make all of these happen in real life now.

Subway and Hexagon Tile

Pick a color. Any color! Subway and hex tile are classics that go pretty much anywhere with pretty much everything, and they’re cheap to boot. We had both of these in our first house.

White Subway Tile and Hex Tile, Plus Paint Swatches

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Penny Rounds

I imagine this in a cheery kitchen with vintage (or vintage-inspired) green appliances. A tulip table and colorful shaker chairs form a little breakfast nook, and retro/vintage accessories (bread bin, kitchen scale) in shades of green and blue dot the space.

Blue Penny Tile with Green Accents

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White Arabesque Tile

The tile is a classic decorative shape and it can take star billing if you keep everything else simple. If you want to have a little more fun with your decorating, it pairs up nicely with figurative wallpaper — especially when it’s hot pink. I’d love to see the two in a powder room with wood floors, brass fixtures, and a sink dropped into an old piece of furniture that’s been painted in a rich ochre. A vintage wooden stool with turned legs would make a fine stand for a plant or a stack of fresh towels.

Pink Chinoiserie Wallpaper, Brass, Antique Wood, and Arabesque Lantern Tile

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Gray Glass and Striated Tile

Here we’ve got that same tile shape again, but in a very different design. This time it’s sleek in glass, and I’d pair it with long horizontal glass tile in a shower enclosure. Tile with some depth to it (thanks to inkjet printing!) would counteract all of the glossy surfaces elsewhere, and paint or accessories in cool greenish blue shades would finish off the room.

Glass and Eramosa Gray Tiles

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Spanish Red Tile

If you have inherited a house with this tile, you likely either love and embrace it or curse it and wish it gone. It goes rustic with warm, worn woods and creamy white tones, or you can take it boho with plants everywhere, natural textures and a smattering of jewel tones and gold embroidery. And if your taste runs like mine toward pink and feminine? Yep, that’ll work too. Peachy pinks like the paint and wallpaper below look fantastic with the earthy red of the tile.

Spanish Red Tile with Pink Floral Wallpaper

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Wood-Look Tile

I’m not a huge fan of faux-wood tile in large expanses because the grout lines look a little off (wood does not and should not have grout), but they can be great in basements and bathrooms. Our bathrooms have hardwood flooring, and they are not a good mix with kids that sometimes (often) splash water around and don’t clean up after themselves, leaving you to find puddles hours later. Not that we would know anything about that. *ahem*

Anyway! I think the key to pulling off wood tile is to let the wood be in the background by pulling attention toward other design elements (either texture or pattern). Pair one of these plank styles with one of the wallpaper designs — your choice.

Wallpapers and Wood Look Tile

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Of the designs above, do you have a favorite? How about any that you would do completely differently (a least favorite)?

Making it Yours 13C: Möckelby Dining Table

Time for the last of three looks around IKEA’s new Möckelby dining table! The first let wallpaper be the star with everything else playing supporting roles. The second room had plenty of pink and gold, with neon for wit. And now, nothing says “welcome, we’re glad you’re here” like four busts of bald women — distressed and aged for that extra special touch. They go perfectly with the $80 length of dyed-blue rope. (Get a pair and hang them like sconces! I’m joking, but I’m also not. It would look awesome.)

Don’t worry. I tempered the crazy by including more traditional silverware, because gold or a more modern shape would just be too much.

Making it Yours 13C: IKEA Mockelby Dining Table

  1. Meredith 4-Door Natural Grasscloth Cabinet, Bungalow 5

  2. Barbara Barry White Enameled Chandelier, Circa Lighting

  3. Bullet Glass Arctic Blue Table Lamp, Wisteria

  4. Färgrik Turquoise Dinnerware, IKEA

  5. Ainsley Flatware, Crate & Barrel

  6. Sura Black and White Mirror, Anthropologie

  7. Indigo Tassel Wall Hanging, Handmade by WKND LA, Anthropologie

  8. Parma Gray Paint, Farrow & Ball

  9. Mia Dining Armchair with Brass Nailheads in Ellie Indigo, Ballard Designs

  10. Mia Dining Side Chair with Brass Nailheads in Ellie Indigo, Ballard Designs

  11. Möckelby Dining Table, IKEA

  12. Asst. Set of Mannequins, One Kings Lane

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Making it Yours 13: Möckelby Dining TableMaking it Yours 13A
Making it Yours 13BMaking it Yours 13C

Do you have a favorite from this edition of Making it Yours? I’m torn between the first two, I think. All of that pink is very ‘me’ but that wallpaper is SO good.

A Colorful Pain-in-the…

A new rug has once again entered our house. It’s cute and colorful! August likes it! Tiny Lego pieces get lost where the baby can crawl over and find/eat them or you step on them, ouch! I did not realize what a pain it would be to make sure there aren’t little tiny toys hidden, lying in wait. It’s not an impossible task but it is worth mentioning in case you’re looking for something similar. I imagine this would be a problem with most of the colorful options I was looking at, or with any heavily patterned rug.

Colorful Rag Rug

The bigger problem is that it’s a cheap rug, and that’s evident in the quality. Basically, it’s just a big 8×10 cotton rag rug, but even among rag rugs, quality varies. The little loops are continuously popping up and I have to tuck them back in or trim them. And of course I can’t use the vacuum’s beater brush, which may or may not be a problem in the long run. Returning a rug by mail is a pain, but the shipping both ways is free and I’m going to replace it with either this one or this one instead. The flat weave should last longer and be easier to keep clean, which is worth the hassle of swapping them out. It’s a disappointment and a minor setback, but it’s easily fixable.

Little Loops Sticking Out in a Rag Rug

A new desk is here too. (I sold the armchair to make room for it.) August requested red and the one I was going to order (#20 in the roundup) sold out before I grab one, so I went with one of the other options. It’s sturdy and solid and will stand up to little boy wear and tear, and the castors have locks on the front wheels. Plus, obscenely large pet cages fit beneath it, so bonus!

Guinea Pigs Take Up a LOT of Room

Eventually a chair and some sort of drawers/storage will go where the cage is, but August is happy to have the boy guinea pigs in his room right now and that’s the best place for them.

The new layout with the bed in front of the windows means we couldn’t use the sconce we had again as a bedside light. I spotted the windsor task floor lamp on clearance and I bought the store’s floor model, figuring it would work well as a replacement. The cord is part of its design, but the floor switch is annoying because you have to get out of bed to turn the light on or off. A plug-in dimmer switch will solve the problem.

Windsor Task Floor Lamp

How’s that old “to do” list shaping up?

To do:

  • paint the bed frame

  • upholster the headboard

  • no more bed rail

  • new rug return and replace the new rug

  • rearrange the furniture

  • repaint (maybe) (definitely)

  • add shelves above the radiator

  • more art

  • organize (and pare down) the toys

  • replace the light with a ceiling fan

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