There are so many ways to make an impressive statement in your home. Typically when this subject comes up it is easy to focus on the decorative elements you can add that are not permanent to a space. Items like paint, art, throw pillows and the furniture. These are important elements and are the finishing touches for your home and can often be delightfully bolder, making a huge impact without you having to worry about being too committed. Such items can be changed frequently without altering the structure of the environment.
Then there are statement making items which are integrated right into the environment, becoming permanent fixtures, at least, until you tear them out to remodel. These are most often functional items so visually they are often taken a bit for granted. These include cabinets, countertops, lighting, plumbing fixture and flooring...you get the picture.
Because these are permanent applications and fixtures in the home, it is common for folks to keep them pretty basic since the idea of making a statement is a bit more intimidating for some folks. However, there is nothing like adding interest here for establishing a truly integrated sense of style in your home.
With numerous ways of bringing character into your home -- one of our favorites, as designers, is that of tile. Wall tile is one of this designer's personal favorites so that will be our focus today. Tile is typically used for backsplashes in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry as well as walls in the shower, bath or elsewhere…if it is functional and can be used in a multitude of places.
The truth is, when you use decorative tile on the walls you are making a huge statement about the style of your home. This is a way to establish its vibe because it becomes as much of a focal point as a work of fine art.
Now don’t let that scare you. You can make a great impression without it looking over the top. Here is our advice. Make sure the colors of the tile relates to the other materials in the room. We don’t like the word match over here...we are not saying make sure they match.
Relate means one or a more colors that are close to the colors in the other elements -- maybe even introducing a new color that while not being a “match” or a twin, so to speak, is more of a sister or even cousin...keeping it in the same family. Now sometimes when it comes to color you might decide to invite the neighbors over...if it works then go for it but you may want ask for a professional's guidance in your selections. Usually we save the unrelated colors for the non permanent elements...well this may be a little too complicated to explain.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words here is a little slide show to inspire you and give you a few pointers. You are also welcome to ask questions below. We will help you the best we can. We hope you enjoy!