Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

As the new year starts to pick up speed, we are shifting our focus to thinking outside the box when working with tile design. Last month we talked about transforming simple spaces into works of art. We highlighted some unique areas that benefit from the added flare that tile and stone can provide.

Now we are going to look at how to give traditional spaces more exciting designs by utilizing a combination of tile styles and colors in a common area. With our showroom’s vast selection of today’s amazing shapes, textures and colors, there’s an unlimited number of ways to combine tile to create designs that are uniquely you.

Let’s look at blending colors and textures. A majority of the products found in our showroom come in multiple color ways, finishes and sizes. Consider a bathroom design approach. Often people will tackle the three major elements of a bathroom: the main floor, shower floor and shower walls. They might want to do a subway tile on the shower walls but are afraid that the traditional subway look might not provide enough wow factor to really make the bathroom a conversation piece. With swatches of color selections similar to shades of paint, a specific tile in a combination of colors can really create a WOW-factor. Check out some of these examples.

In addition to the blended colors, blending textures is a trend that is gaining momentum in our industry -and in our clients’ homes. Using different textures creates a captivating space. Here are few examples of how layers of texture can be truly transformative.

Not quite ready for the leap into color and texture combinations? Consider mixing your pattern layout. For example, the shower ceiling can be a great area to switch it up and change the direction of the pattern as compared to the walls or floors. Most people don’t even think to tile their ceiling, so you will get extra designer points for that as well! Creating varied pattern inlays in foyers, backsplashes or fireplaces can also be a great way customize spaces in a one-of-a-kind way. Get inspired with these examples.

Put an emphasis on creating accents or focal points with tile in your home. The vanity, a focal point in a bathroom, is easily enhanced with a tile accent strip serving as a decorative backsplash. The kitchen island can be a great space for family and friends to gather; adding accent tiles to the island will give everyone something to marvel at! An accent wall in the foyer is the perfect design addition to welcome guests to your home; and if you have a window in the shower wrapping it with accents will enhance the view. Get inspired here.

Sometimes, the smallest touches can deliver the biggest impact. A minimalistic accent liner or dimensional molding can transform a space more than you might think. And their an affordable way to get a bang for your buck. Marble baseboards, metal accent liner, pencil trims, chair rails, and dimensional moldings are perfect products for layering creativity into your design. Take a look at how these spaces came to life with some little touches.

Ultimately, there is a world of possibilities for you to transform all of your decorating dreams into a realty. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and some guidance. Next time you are tackling a project, just stop and think outside of the box – and come see us. We’ll guide you through the processes, introduce you to new ideas, and put you on the trajectory of creating spaces that are beautiful and uniquely you.


Written By: Kyle E. Eisele

Coast Tile & Marble Supply

3168 Fire Rd. Egg Harbor Twp.

NJ, 08234


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