Using Decorative Tile to Soften a Modern Home

Decorative tile can resemble earthy wood, or it can offer an artisanal demeanor and add creative energy to a space. Although this type of material is attractive in a variety of settings, it can also help balance a sharply modern design. Even a narrow tile detail with a handcrafted or artsy vibe can soften a contemporary home's streamlined surroundings. Use the following ideas to incorporate decorative tile that has a handcrafted look into your ultramodern or urban-chic design plans.

Go with a Handcrafted but Modern Look

If you're timid about mixing rustic or artsy tile into your contemporary abode, the Middleton Square collection meets you half way. This decorative tile offers the appearance of handmade masonry but does so with modern sleekness and today's neutral hues. The accent tile in the Livigno collection is also an ideal choice if you're looking for a vertical tile that can be cleaned easily and will provide muted movement behind contemporary furniture and appliances. Either option offers timeless beauty when used as the wall medium, and can also be used to detail larger tiles.

Opt for a Mosaic Tile Pattern

The Midpark Mosaics collection smartly flaunts an artsy visual, sporting widely acceptable neutral hues that mesh with savvy color schemes. Its trendy blend of natural stone and multisurface porcelain pairs effortlessly with a contemporary home's marble, limestone, slate, metal, and glass surfaces, fixtures, and furnishings.

You can install decorative mosaic tile as a focal wall or backsplash, or cut it into strips to add a frame or border to contemporary field tile on a wall or backsplash. In any case, this tile warms a cool, modern room with its casual whimsy and abstract appearance. The Midpark line has earthy color schemes including Cloud, Rainstorm, Bark, and Shadow, and you could easily build your entire design scheme around these nature-inspired mosaic patterns.

If you'd rather embellish your vogue home with a more dramatic glass medium, consider opting for the Catwalk and Crystal Stone, which offer visual movement, deep and upbeat colors, and attention-demanding sparkle.

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Use the Look of Wood to Mellow Your Design

Wall tile plays a leading role in some of today's boldest designs, and its wide variety of options allows for uninhibited creativity. You can even mix different types of tile to open the design door to limitless layouts and patterns. For instance, let's say that you're not sold on an all-white scheme. Why not find ways to subtly add a pop of color? You can interrupt textural white ceramic tile, such as the decorative three-dimensional Essenziale line, with a band of bamboo- or wood-effect tile. This will offer handcrafted tranquility amid upbeat sophistication.

Incorporate 3-D Texture

If your inner designer digs art that offers plenty of texture and geometric shape, turn to the Soho collection for inspiration. This accent tile comes as a 3-D wall module, and is offered with an assemblage of coordinating materials, including field tile and trim, which you can also incorporate into your design. Textured tile brings depth to an otherwise flat atmosphere. Its handcrafted mellowness partners well with attention-grabbing furniture and accessories, and colors like red, orange, and yellow, in order to bring form and visual snap into the room's equation.

In the end, any design that's a balanced blend of your favorite stylish effects and materials can be both soft and intriguing. Find it with Marazzi.