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Using Decorative & Accent Tiles

When planning to use tile or stone in your home, you may find yourself considering accent tiles, decorative tiles, border pieces, etc. These designer tile pieces are an easy way to get a small project started in the bathroom and really get an idea of the design possibilities with mosaics. They can stand alone as framed artwork or be added later, as the mood strikes. They are a great way to enhance a larger tile pattern, incorporate a color scheme, or define an area as a focal point. Keep reading for some quick tips on how to integrate these accent tiles into your decorating scheme.

Create a Mosaic Throw Rug
Border tiles come in dark and light accent pieces, perfect for defining the edges of a faux throw rug in stone or mosaic tile. You can also lay the inside tiles of the faux throw rug on the diagonal to give it a contrasting look that visually widens the space.

Borders can be curved, waving works of art, or simple rectangular mosaics. If you use a block border to encase a spiral tile, you can get the best of both worlds.

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Utilize Backsplashes
Backsplashes are great opportunities to use these decorative options to add real drama to a space. Create a custom pattern or mosaic design to accent your kitchen countertop. Frame accent tiles in white border tiles for a permanent display of your work of art.

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Border a Tub
Give your tub an old world charm with detailed scrolled borders. Use textured tiles to add an extra sense of touch to your bath time experience.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, use accent and border tiles to make a surround for the tub and give yourself a place to keep toiletries—or to put your wine glass while you’re soaking in a bubble bath.

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Frame it Out
Maybe your luxury bathroom has several areas laid out that have different functions. You might have one space for bathing, one for dressing, and one for washing your hands or getting ready for the day. Use accent tiles to carve a path in the bathroom from one space to the next. Look how this is done in the image below and how a decorative border is used to lead you through the dressing area to the bath and shower, before continuing on through the vanity space.

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Draw Attention
Create an eye-catching accent wall in by using a different style or shaped tile than the rest of the space. This shower stall uses bold black and white tiles that complements the color scheme of the rest of the room to create a modern backdrop for the showering space.

Remember, there are no real “rules” to using decorative tiles and accent tiles—your design opportunities are as endless as your imagination!

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