As an interior designer, there’s no better feeling than the excitement that comes with designing a new space. Clients trust you to create a space that’s unique to them that follows both form and function. From choosing comfortable seating to selecting the right color palette, there are many design elements to consider when curating a client’s dream space. However, there’s one thing that should never be overlooked and that’s attention to detailed tiling.
Oftentimes, you’ll come across a space that doesn’t quite feel complete. It may have all of the essential design elements, but it’s missing that special something. The lack of intricate detail can leave a space feeling incomplete, so micromosaic tiles are here to the rescue.
Micromosaic tiles are similar to standard tiles, but they are smaller in size and have a more square-based shape. This “mini-me” of standard tiles is often used to line bathroom walls, spice up side tables, or add an elegant look to any kitchen backsplash. It’s no surprise that interior designers are embracing the use of micromosaic tiles in almost every facet of the home.
Most individual tiles measure anywhere between ½” and 1”, but because they are so tiny, they are sold as a group to ensure easy installation. Micromosaic tiles are typically square-shaped; however, you can also find them in hexagons. Hex tiles are a great substitute to the standard square and add depth to your design. Plus, layering the floor with hex tiles is a simple way to add a geometric element to any design.
Wondering how to incorporate these tiny tiles into a customer’s home? Here are three rooms that could benefit from the introduction of micromosaic tiles into their design scheme.
Typically, clients request a spa-like bathroom that serves as a getaway when they need rest and relaxation. To create that tranquil feeling, I recommend using a classic, white, freestanding bathtub backed by a wall of green and blue glass micromosaic tiles. Glass tiles have a reflective quality that, when used in blue and green hues, gives the look of water. Take it up a notch by creating a tile line that runs across the bathroom’s walls.
Instead of mixing different colored tiles, you can also go the monochromatic route. Choosing one solid color will give your bathroom walls a clean, contemporary look. The small size of the tiles provides a unique, elegant texture. If you’d like to change it up, use two different tile patterns on one wall. Mixing and matching patterns is a big trend for 2016, and by choosing the right combinations, your customer will have the calming bathroom oasis of their dreams.
When choosing a tile for the bathroom, it’s important to select a tile that’s water-resistant. Showers and bathtubs are high-traffic areas, so be sure your tiles are not only stylish but also functional. I highly recommend glazed porcelain tile in natural styles such as granite and marble for their visual appeal and water-resistant qualities.
Thinking about updating your kitchen? Instead of using the standard subway tile, give micromosaics a try! They add refined elegance to any kitchen, and you can incorporate different combinations to create a unique design. Add another dimension to the space by lining the customer’s kitchen walls with hex tiles. They also make a huge statement in a bar area.
Similar to the bathroom, kitchen tiles should be easy to wipe down. After all, backsplashes are designed to protect kitchen walls from spaghetti sauce and oil stains. To create an industrial chic look, I suggest using ceramic or natural stone micromosaic tiles in deep red or brown hues. Travertine tiles also add a picturesque vibe to your customer’s space, and are perfect for bathrooms, kitchens and accent walls. Travertine is a form of limestone and has a rough exterior that makes it a durable and long-lasting option.
Another trend in kitchen decor is using intricately designed tiles. Add visual appeal to the heart of the home with bold designs and patterns. Choose a floral or Moroccan pattern to add personality to your customer’s kitchen. If you prefer to add pattern and texture without the print, penny micromosaic tiles are definitely the way to go—they give dimension to walls and flooring.
Painted and wood-lined accent walls have gained popularity in recent years, but you should consider setting aside the bucket of paint for micromosaic tiles instead. Talk about redefining the traditional accent wall!
When selecting the perfect tile for your customer’s wall, you must first consider the feeling that you want the space to exude. Do you want a room to serve as an entertaining hotspot or an area to unwind and make memories with friends and family? For a playful, vibrant space, a multi-colored tile is the way to go. Choose colors based on your customer’s favorite pieces. If the furniture falls under a neutral color palette, incorporate some pops of color for added vibrancy.
If it’s too much for your customer to commit to an accent wall, try highlighting a smaller area in the home with micro tiles. Right now, lining the area around a fireplace with tiles is all the rage. As long as you choose the right design, color and material, you can pack a huge punch.
Lining bathrooms, kitchens and walls with micromosaic tiles will elevate your customer’s decor, whether you choose standard monochromatic tiles or mix and match different color palettes, sizes and designs. The small size and intricate detail of these tiles will entirely update the look and feel of the space.
As you prepare for your next design project, take a walk on the wild side and use micromosaic tiles instead!
Monday, February 22nd, 2016