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.


Jonathan Harper
Jonathan H3 years ago


Khairieh A.
Khairieh A.3 years ago

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.

Day R.
Day R4 years ago

Interesting options...
Thank you!!

Judy Apelis
Judy A4 years ago

Thank you!

Mary T.
Mary T4 years ago

interesting usage of tile

B Jackson
BJ J4 years ago

Interesting ideas and an easy clean.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R4 years ago

Cool. Thank you.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Lady Kaira
None None4 years ago


Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

A choice of refreshing