Application by Space
Using tile to decorate the home or office has been a mainstay for centuries. Today, we use tile in numerous applications as more and more people recognize the versatility that tile brings to a project as a way to decorate or add color. Tile is not just for bathrooms and backsplashes. We see unique and unconventional uses everywhere including fireplaces, poolscapes, sunrooms, closets and more.
There are many exciting ways to use tile in decorating. The materials and beautiful colors, patterns and designs lend a wonderful accent to any room, space or theme. From waterfalls to accent walls, hallways to entryways, tile brings the vision to life, giving the space a character all its own. It all begins with an idea and a vision. With assistance from the design center experts, matching materials and colors with sizes and shapes is limitless. Working within the budget and timeframe, Alita Tile can provide the guidance to get the home project done regardless of size or scope.
- Powder Room
- Master Bathroom
- Family Room
- Great Room
- Living Room
- Dining Room
- Laundry Room
- Mud Room
- Butler’s Pantry
- Coffee Bar
- Wet Bar
- Entertainment Room
- Kids Room
- Mid-century Modern
Application by Placement
Tile is timeless and elegant and the choices available at Alita Tile offer great options for all different budgets. Today the materials are fabulous, and the patterns and styles are seemingly endless.
Creating an accent wall, use contrasting colors to achieve your interior design that brings attention to the area. Enhancing an entertainment area, showcase the features with a herringbone or octagon pattern. Doing the butler’s pantry, perhaps a simple subway tile or mosaic design will work. Same for the backsplash, change the grout colors to emphasize the tile choice. There are so many beautiful colors and sizes on the market today to choose from and any trend can be easily duplicated, from the simple and practical to the ornate and timeless.
Color combinations in connection with the placement of more intricate designs can add a definite uniqueness to the space. Vibrant colors, rich tones and distinctive designs add a very personalized interior design. Tiles can mimic rustic woods, smooth colored glass, silky fabrics and metals. The right tile can transform the original design into a supremely distinctive and awe-inspiring room.
How amazing is it when your ideas on paper become a reality on the wall? Creating lasting impressions with beautiful textiles and gorgeous tile really does bring the project together. The newest trends often pay homage to the oldest traditions meeting somewhere new to create a stunning statement.
Remember that today’s tile choices vary quite a lot and are available in many different types, sizes, colors, textures, styles and prices. Selecting the best tiles for your project is as simple as visiting the Alita Tile Design Center and Showroom. Turn the ordinary into the extraordinary!
Most modern styles use a contemporary design which may be characterized by a subdued pattern. The sizes vary but could be shown in large dimensions and tasteful sophisticated colors. Modern style tiles with a contemporary floor can be quite elegant adding value to the charm and character of a modern theme.
Vintage tiles are designed to be reminiscent of antique floors and natural materials. Vintage porcelain stoneware tiles are attractive and very practical. Vintage style tiles can retain the true charm of the house, add unique character and help to increase value
The French country tile style is inspired by Provence in the French countryside. Using a true classic French style, the combination of rustic and country is married to strike a balance between comfortable living and beautiful style.
Barnyard or Farmhouse
Think rustic, practical and simple. Farmhouse style reflects bucolic construction while recognizing the look and feel of a relaxed and hometown feel.
Timeless styles can incorporate versatile designs of modern, rustic, traditional and contemporary. Using unique alternatives to subway tile (often a timeless look) can integrate classic marble, vintage porcelain patterns, even cement-based tile to achieve a timeless look and feel for your project in home, office or workspace.
Traditional tile designs have a few things in common: They tend to have a muted, neutral, color palette. They are laid out in classic tile designs, like grid patterns or mosaics. Whether you are looking for durability, clean and bright, stain resistant, the classic design is achievable by using a variety of patterns like herringbone, offset, staggered, vertical, pinwheel, random, basketweave, diamond or chevron.
The coastal style evokes azure blues, sea greens, stark whites and tropical pinks. Modern Coastal design is both soothing and elegant and should be reminiscent of that perfect island vacation. Create timeless beauty with designs inside and outside for feature walls, pavers, pools houses and other hard surfaces.
Basket Weave Pattern
The basket weave pattern has always been a very popular way of applying a pattern to your tile style. Simply explained, it is a ‘hashtag’ of repeating patterns typically comprised of brick-shaped tiles laid horizontally against two other brick shape patterns laid vertically. It is a nice complement to a subway tile backsplash as a stove medallion or feature wall in the master bathroom that is also great for floors, walls and accents.
T Octagon tile offers a beautiful design statement. Octagon mosaics are typically made of materials such as glass, ceramic, stone and metal. Quite frequently, the octagon design will incorporate contrasting colors such as black and white.
Contemporary style simply refers to the look that is popular currently. It tends to display clean lines, simplicity and is focused on the elements of design such as line, shape and form. Contemporary tile is sleek and crisp and can be rather minimalist.
Ceramic handmade tiles are made using a combination of clay, water and sand, with additional ingredients such as silica sand, talc or feldspar often included to assist in the creation of different styles, colors or finishes. Handmade tiles are available in an assortment of different materials, with the most popular choices being ceramic tiles and concrete or cement tiles.
Encaustic cement tiles and ceramic tiles both come in countless patterns and color combinations. They often feature designs inspired by different cultures and architectural influences. They are also both used in many types of projects, from kitchen backsplashes to floors to outdoor spaces to decorative wall features.
Surface-Printed Tile. Porcelain and ceramic tile, as well as some types of glass tile, are printed on the surface and then glazed for added protection and finish. It is an essential method for creating ultra-realistic, high-definition and non-uniform patterns like a natural marble effect or Moroccan style tiles that have wide variation of pattern and color.
The smooth, somewhat transparent look it bears gives floor tiles an appearance unlike any other material. Onyx is a softer stone that’s ideally suited for indoors, especially light traffic areas. This natural stone tile has a unique vein-like design naturally imprinted on its surface. It is frequently produced with a mesh, resin or fiberglass backing to help give it strength as a tile.
Subway tile gets its name from the look of the tiles in the New York City subway system, though those early tiles were originally made of white glass. Subway tile is a rectangular, thick, low-fired, glazed ceramic tile, traditionally 3″ by 6″, though it comes in a variety of sizes and materials, like glass, stone, and marble, just to name a few. Choosing a colorful grout can also be a fun way to make your white subway tile unique.
Metal tiles can add a versatile and textural design element to your bathroom or kitchen wall or floor. Metal tiles are generally made from copper, tin, aluminum and stainless steel, with recycled tiles being environmentally friendly and popular today. In addition to backsplashes, metallic tiles are suitable for walls, bathrooms and even ceilings.
With the hexagon’s straight lines and precise angles, solid colored hexagon tiles contribute to a vintage or mid-century modern style. This type of tile will also work well with industrial, contemporary or transitional styles, depending on the color and design..
The herringbone tile pattern can be achieved by laying rectangular tiles or wood flooring in a pattern. The distinct characteristic of herringbone is that one rectangle is cut precisely so that the end of one plank or tile meets to the side of the other. This technique creates a beautiful, “broken” zig-zag design that makes for ultra-elegant flooring, masonry and tiling for the home.
Chevron is an inverted V-shaped pattern. With its aligned pattern, the Chevron floor looks like a long line of straight arrows, made up of rows of interlocking parallelograms, joined end to end to create a seamless zigzag pattern that can run either parallel or perpendicular to the adjoining walls or floor.
The rhombille tiling is also used as a design for parquetry and for floor or wall tiling, sometimes with variations in the shapes of its rhombi. In these decorative applications, the rhombi may appear in multiple colors, but are typically given three levels of shading, brightest for the rhombs with horizontal long diagonals and darker for the rhombs with the other two orientations, to enhance their appearance of three-dimensionality.
Waterjet tile is made with a high-powered stream of water that cuts through hard-surface materials like glass, metal, and stone. Waterjet Mosaics are versatile floor or wall tiles that give the option of curved or softer lines, and often mix materials such as glass, metal and natural stone as well as rare materials such as mother-of-pearl, moonstone and more.