top of page

All About Tile

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

Tile is an often overlooked, yet incredibly significant and versatile aspect of interior design. It can definitely make or break a room plan. If you're a tile novice, here is a handy guide to everything you need to know about tile in the home and beyond.


Tile and stone is a building material that has been around for centuries, proving to be a sturdy, beautiful and reliable resource for use in both residential and commercial spaces. It has also undergone quite the revival in the last few years. With the help of emerging technology, manufacturers are creating tile that would not have been possible decades ago.


Applications


We traditionally think of tile for flooring and bathroom finishes, but it can be used for so much more. Here are just a few of the possibilities:


• Flooring

• Walls

• Ceilings

• Showers / Baths

• Countertops

• Pools

• Backsplashes


A good tile backsplash can create a defining and attention-grabbing statement in your kitchen! Your interior designer can work out the best tile finish to match your kitchen walls, countertops, and cabinetry. Here are a few fantastic backsplashes I've done for clients.



Types of Tile



Porcelain: This classic white, subtly translucent ceramic isn't just for traditional homes. Advances in technology are allowing manufacturers to design porcelain in more ways than ever, even mimicking other popular finishes like marble, glass, stone and even wood. This tile lasts a lifetime, and can even be used outdoors.

Glass: I know what you're thinking, why would I use glass tile in my home? Won't it shatter? Quite the opposite! Glass tile is fired at such high temperatures that it is actually one of the most durable, breakage-resistant tile materials you can use in your home. Of course, I'm a huge fan. Glass is so glossy and sleek that you can't help but love it. My favorite areas to use this tile are in showers and backsplashes.