Tiling Tips: 8 Ways to Make Your Project Pop

The beauty of tile is in its versatility. Given the variety of color and size options that are available, there are a number of ways you can add a special touch to your tile project. Though you should start with somewhat of a plan, the following tiling tips will help make your tile project stand out — and stand the test of time. Here are eight ways to make your tile project pop.

1. Choose the Right Spot
Location, location, location. Choose your tile project carefully so you get ultimate impact.

Pick an area in your home that gets a lot of visual attention. In the kitchen, the areas above the sink and stove stand out because they are at eye level. In the bathroom, a tiled backsplash above the sink will be noticeable because it will be visible to anyone who enters the space. These spots are perfect for adding color or an artistic flair with tile. Depending on what color scheme you've chosen for the rest of the room, these strategic areas are also perfect spots to add a pop of color.

Other examples include adding bold colors or mixed textures to achieve a stark contrast between various kitchen areas. For instance, using stone flooring with creative mosaic borders in high-traffic areas like the patio, entry room, and kitchen. Certain areas of your home will make your tile project pop more than others, and with careful consideration, you'll be able to pinpoint exactly where those areas are.

2. Incorporate Borders

A great way to enhance a tiled area is to add a border. Opting for a dramatic enclosure or inset of metallic tiles are both great options that will catch the eye of anyone who enters the space. Small mosaics serve as the perfect border for larger tiles. Try incorporating a frame of multicolored mosaic tiles around a solid color tile. This will make the center tile stand out.

Borders also allow you to pull in different colors from the room. In the kitchen, try including a small marble or granite border within your backsplash using the same stone as your countertop. This will help to tie everything together, while also enhancing your backsplash.

3. Add Accent Tiles

Marazzi's decorative accent tile will help make any surface pop. Options include Divine Woods, a collection of wood-look tile, and the Romance Collection, which offers unique embellishments that will complement a wide variety of materials.

Metal Mania is another bold, sophisticated option. It captures the essence of real metal and combines it with a traditional elegance. Its dramatic appearance stands out, but it will seamlessly blend with an assortment of classic, fashionable decors.

4. Flood the Space With Natural Light

Incorporating large windows can help make your kitchen tile stand out. Natural light will help showcase the details in your new tile, and it will create a dramatic effect as it bounces off the glass and metal-look tiles.

Consider adding rectangular windows at eye-level in your kitchen. This will help flood your tiled backsplash and countertops with natural light, which can give the appearance that your kitchen is larger than it actually is.

5. Use Colored Grout

The right grout is a crucial ingredient to making sure your tile project lasts for years to come. It serves as the glue that holds your tile together and can be an important design element. Although grout is the last thing you install as part of a tiling project, it shouldn't be an afterthought.

Manufacturers have revolutionized the home improvement industry by giving homeowners the chance to add colors and contrast to their tile grout. Here are some tiling tips for working with the additives and colorants needed to make your grout stand out:

  • Additive: Your local home improvement store sells the separate color additive that can be mixed into dry or premixed grout. If you have the patience and attention to detail to use the additive correctly, you can achieve any color grout you want. It can be difficult for nonprofessionals to effectively use additives, as grout color changes after it hardens, so grout is also available with the color already mixed in.
  • Colorant: Grout can also be colored after the hardening process occurs. Water-based colorant pens paint the grout with color, while staying within the determined grout lines. You can apply colorant to grout after first installing the grout and later, after it has become dirty or discolored. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on safe, effective application.

6. Utilize Asymmetrical Layouts

Positioning the tile is just as important as choosing the right material for your tiled floor or following the instructions. Interesting layouts can make your tile project stand out. The hopscotch layout, for example, incorporates a mix of smaller and larger square tiles for a look that's appealing to the eye. Other standout options include the use of diamond-shaped or geometric patterns.

7. Mix Textures and Finishes

Any great interior designer will tell you that the key to pulling off an aesthetically pleasing room is to mix and match textures. You can make a room look much more vibrant by incorporating a combination of brass, wood, steel, and ceramics.

Try mixing decorative accent tiles in different shades with various finishes, including bronze, Venetian bronze, nickel, and wrought iron. You can also use a flat porcelain tile for the majority of your backsplash, and then add an accent area that is textured and bright.

8. Have Fun With Your Design

Tile can be colorful, bright, and vibrant. When it comes to choosing your color scheme, play around with different combinations to best add your personality to the room.

If you have multiple tiled surfaces, such as a floor, backsplash, and countertop, use them together to create layers of color within your space. Then finish off the room with decorative or handmade statement pieces to really tie the room together. You can even repurpose leftover tile, and tie it into other design elements.

Using these tiling tips can make your tile project stand out. By using different textures, colors, and design principles you can pull off the tile project of your dreams, while also making sure your tile stands up to the test of time.