Tile Crushes

By Kate Riley February 9, 2016

The past few days have been filled with parental obligations – my son had an important school project due which required my support and we also hosted a big birthday party for my daughter yesterday. I sent them both off to school smiling today but then remembered, oh yes the blog, I better get back to that! :) We’ve had a few days of sunshine (did you see all those shots of the Bay Area during the Superbowl? Beautiful!) and I can almost feel spring in the air, I’m so anxious for it to arrive.

Meanwhile I’ve got my head down on planning a few space makeovers coming later this year and if given the choice, I’d rather spend an hour in a tile showroom than a shoe store. I get lost looking at beautiful tile installations spied around the web and on brand websites.

How striking is this pattern on these 24” floor tiles? One you’d never want to hide under a rug – lovely in a bathroom, dining room, sunroom, where else? Porcelain tile is Frame by Refin Ceramiche.

 patterned floor tile

andrea mclean design

Below a modern pattern with a beautiful curve stands out with dark grout. Modern Ogee Drop by Fireclay Tile.

 modern backsplash fireclay tile

I found this installation interesting, it’s a creative way to install brick pattern subway tile: mix two high contrast tiles in the same size but on diagonally opposite walls. Suprema Mexican Hand Crafted Tile in Slate.

gray white tile medley bathroom

urrutia design

I love this artistic tile installation achieved by rotating different colored diamond parquet tiles in an abstract pattern, so stunning on a focal point wall. Imagine it in your favorite colorway. Tile source unknown.

 abstract geometric tile installation

via design milk

We’ve seen so much white tile with gray grout in the past two years, I love this look in reverse, dark tile with white grout emphasizing the geometric pattern. Tile by LEA.

 black geo tile white grout

apartment therapy

Buffalo horn has such rich chocolate variegated tones, amazing on a floor or wall application. Can you see it wrapping around the checkout counter in a menswear boutique? Horn Porcelain tile from Mission Stone Tile.

horn porcelain tile


Beautiful as a floor tile but stunning as a countertop – you can’t go wrong with this classic geometric shape, the high contrast double hex pattern is so dramatic. Hex Appeal (perfect name) in several colorways by Mission Stone Tile.

 hex tile mission tile

Elongated hexagons are a modern approach to the classic shape, this gray adds pattern and contrast to an all white kitchen. Dwell by Heath Ceramics.

 heath ceramics kitchen backsplash

I’m crushing on iridescent and mother of pearl applications lately, find a few options here.

 irridescent backsplash


Find more gorgeous tile patterns on my Pinterest board. Do you have a favorite tile you’re crushing on? Link to it, I’d love to see it!


  1. Thank you for posting this. I love looking at tile. Definitely better than any clothes shopping. It took me forever to pick the artwork design. Its good to see another woman who bucks the stereotypes.

  2. When I clicked on the iridescent tile, it led me to Laz-y Boy home page. Are there tiles on the site, or is it just me?

  3. Thank you for all the great inspiration! We are planning on updating our kitchen with white cabinets, and I’m having fun looking at all the different tile options. Several of your pictures show how white cabinets work well with more interesting or colorful tiles. I especially love the elongated hexagons by Heath Ceramics.

  4. Hi, I actually find these tiles quite interesting! They can completely transform a room. This option is often neglected because it is a bit more dramatic. I would love to implement this idea in the bathroom. Thanx!

  5. The tiles look super nice! :) Thank you for posting this. I’ve been planning to renovate parts of my house and your post just gave me an idea :)

  6. Thanks for the reminder that tiles are an option for countertops. I had tile countertops in another house and really loved them! Required no more maintenance than other, more common, options.

  7. The diamond shaped tile is from (Turkish?) tile manufacturer “Kale” from their Cube & Dot collection! They have so much beautiful stuff…

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