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6 Alternative Ways to Use Tile

6 Alternative Ways to Use Tile

A few years ago, Remodelista editor Sarah spoke with Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola at Cersaie, Italian’s largest tile convention in Bologna. She was launching a new line of tiles for Mutina and suggested using them as a headboard behind a bed.

Inspired by Urquiola’s idea, here is a roundup of unexpected uses of tile.

Above: A built-in stucco bench with a tiled seat from Made a Mano.

Above: A tiled wall serves as a headboard in this Italian house via Dezeen.

Above: The dining room of Portuguese hotel Casa do Conto features modern steel tables inlaid with traditional Portuguese tile.

Above: Inax woven tiles that extend to the ceiling are applied to a mantelpiece in a Melbourne apartment. Photograph by Sharyn Cairns for Home Life.

Above: A wall of Popham Tiles doubles as a headboard.

Above: A patio seating area made from hexagonal shapes from Kismet Tile.

See Remodelista‘s post on Patchwork Tiles for more inspiration.

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4:45AM PST on Feb 6, 2014


4:41AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

I also placed colourful tiles on the kitchen counter under my electric oven, both pretty and practical (to save the counter top). Mind you the tiles need constant re-alignment.

1:02PM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Interesting options...
Thank you!!

7:41AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Thank you!

9:31PM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

interesting usage of tile

12:58PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

Interesting ideas and an easy clean.

12:53PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

Cool. Thank you.

4:31AM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

Thanks for sharing

6:08AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013


4:01AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

A choice of refreshing

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