One of my customers recently returned from a trip to Spain and Portugal with a suitcase full of hand-painted tiles. Wow, what a souvenir!
It took her awhile to decide what to do with them. Her kitchen doesn't lend itself to a tiled backsplash, and even her kitchen island already has a nice marble top. But after some thought, she came up with a place for them: the side of the island.
If I had been deciding how to lay these out, I might have spent all day dithering over the right placement, but she confidently spread them out on the floor with barely a moment's hesitation. I like the way she left a bold symmetrical tile in the middle.
Notice that there are no grout lines! That's the great thing about using tiles in purely decorative places, where no water will splash on them: you can just butt them together. The close placement really sets off the "patchwork" effect.
They look great with the colorful art in the rest of the kitchen.
Speaking of colorful art, we had some tiles left over, so we put them in the dining room near her red wall. I love this idea. It's durable, washable art.
If you need someone to install tiles in your Asheville kitchen or bathroom, give us a call. Whether it's fancy hand-painted porcelain or simple gel tiles, we'll be glad to help you make your home beautiful.