[Houzz Ideabook] Accent Tile Design Ideas

Contemporary bathroom

Handmade Tile:

It can be expensive – that’s the bad news. Good news is that there are so many ways to use handmade tile as an accent alongside less expensive, machine-made field tile or stone. This is a great way for handmade tile to fit into nearly every budget.

For example, take a look at this gorgeous tile combo pictured to the right by San Francisco interior designerNiche Interiors.  The red handmade ceramic border, installed low on the wall and paired with natural stone & brass details is warm, fun and completely unexpected!

Below is a Houzz Ideabook showing even more examples how  to add color & interest with accent tile.

What do you think of the following design ideas?  Leave a comment with your favorite!


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“Hue & Improved” from California Home+Design

Look at this stunning 3-color palette featured in the July/Aug 2011 issue of California Home+Design!  Remind you of anything??

As it turns out, those of you who voted for our “IT” color options were right on with your selection of the newest laNeva colors: Smoke, Laguna and Tangerine! Thank you, Thank you!!


By the way, we are absolutely in love with the IKAT design by New Ravena Mosaics, shown towards the bottom right of the magazine page. Here’s the link to a luscious full photo of Ikat on the New Ravenna website.

Can you imagine this gorgeous mosaic with a border of our ceramic in #11 Laguna glaze? So hot!

 

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[Color Feature] Tiger-Eye

laNeva #75 Curry

Amber, Tiger-eye, Butterscotch: whatever you call it, it’s a  popular, timeless color that conveys a sense of richness and exoticism. laNeva’s #75 Curry is a gorgeous example of this hue.

Our favorite inspiration site, Houzz has done it again with a collection of photos featuring this luscious, butterscotch palette. Follow the arrows on the bottom of the photos to scroll through the gorgeous photo ideabook.


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How Much Tile? Design Tips & Averages

You’re looking at tile and want a quick reference for how many square feet you might need.  What to do?

Consider these common measurements and tile design tips:

Kitchen Backsplash: Usually around 18″ high but lengths vary greatly. An average kitchen splash length is 10-20 lineal feet = 15-30 square feet of space to be tiled.

Tub Surround: For a standard tub, the wall lengths are usually 36″, 60″, 36″ = 11 lineal feet x 6′ or 7′ wall height (approx) = 66-77 square feet of tile needed.

Wainscot: Tile wainscoting is a great look, but what height should it be?  For the best possible result, never cut the wall in half.  This is one of the most important wainscot tips. If the wall is 8′ high, you want the total wainscot height below or above 48″. Consider 36″, 42″or 54″ from the floor to the top of the wainscoting.

Border: If you’re looking for a horizontal border or decorative stripe, take the lineal measurements given above. What about the height to place it at? That’s personal preference. At the top of wainscoting is good (not to exceed the total height listed above) or in a shower, 5′ is a great height. It doesn’t interfere with the plumbing locations yet is near eye level.  For a unique  and more contemporary look, place the border vertically and run the border from floor (or tub) to ceiling.

Fireplace: Designs vary, but you should consider whether you are tiling just the face of the fireplace, between a wood mantle and the firebox, or all the way around a fireplace, including the hearth and sides. Check out this fireplace for example: a total of 14 square feet (in 1×1, 1×2 and 2×4) of laNeva tile #90 Oregano.

Still can’t decide what would look best?  Call or email questions@lanevatile.com and we’d be thrilled to provide a phone consultation and custom layout options for you, including lots of tips on how to make your tile project a complete showstopper! We’ve been designing dynamic tile environments for… well, forever! (Okay, it’s  been about 13 years.)

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The Alternative Tile Layout- Vertical

We’ve linked to Houzz Ideabooks in the past but today we want to share a collection of photos that illustrate our favorite point: You CAN and SHOULD use rectangular tiles vertically!  Here is a beautiful visual collection of vertical tile installations. Choose any of laNeva’s mesh-mounted SPAN field tile patterns, released last week, to achieve the same fresh, dramatic look.

Click the dots or arrows below to scroll through the Houzz Ideabook.  Enjoy!


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SPAN Field Tile Patterns – Rectangles

While announcing our Lineal and Slice Collections last month, there was a request for a similar grouping of mesh mounted field tile layouts.  While there are a ton of different options, we have chosen some standard and not-so-standard layout patterns to feature.

Announcing laNeva Tile’s field tile pattern collection: SPAN

The SPAN pattern collection includes groupings of rectangular and square tiles.  Today’s release includes all of laNeva’s rectangular mesh mounted field tile layouts. You choose 1×2, 2×4,  3×6 tile and even our 1×6 liners!

SPAN patterns using our square tiles will be announced next week.

Each Span Collection layout is mesh mounted for ease of installation and sold per square foot. With the addition of SPAN  to the Lineal and Slice border collections, we offer a mix-and-match (or create your own, if you wish) system for complete material selections!

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Herringbone Classico Goes Retro

Since we’ve been on the subject of herringbone patterns lately with our release of Herringbone Classico and a week later, our inspired Herringbone Zig Zag, we have just one more for you:

Herringbone Classico goes retro with a 3-color random mix of #77 Café, #73 Butter and #92 Mist Crackle. The herringbone layout is paired here with a 1/2″ x 6″ border of #75 Curry and a 3″x3″ field tile in #73 Butter, placed in a vertical running bond pattern.

We were inspired to show this fun interpretation of Herringbone Classico today thanks to Spacial Adaptation posting a wonderfully kitchy retro photo from Grassrootsmodern.com:

If you want to kick up the contrast of this pattern a little, consider replacing the subtle Mist Crackle with the darker (and matte) #95 Lichen.

See this pattern and several other of our conceptual layouts on our Design Ideas page, all featuring our spectacular handmade, made to order ceramic wall tile.

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The Slice Collection Release

We’ve had a great week with a new Lineal Collection border launch each day.  Now, for the final tie-in, a component piece. The Slice Collection is for those who may just want a splash of gorgeous handmade tile, or those who want to add another detail to their laNeva Lineal Border or solid color handmade field tile.

The Slice Collection is a ribbon of mesh-mounted tile, using 2×2 or 3×3 square Rift tiles, or those sizes along with their coordinating rectangle sizes.

We introduce the Slice Collection and a few of its variations:

2x2 Slice "A" shown in #90 Oregano / #61 Sky

2x2 Slice "B" Shown in #90 Oregano/#61 Sky

(All drawings and photos above show 2 lineal feet of Slice design each.)

With any of these layouts, you choose to have horizontal (A) or vertical (B) Rift tiles (with Rift color divisions shown as dotted lines in the drawings above).

Slice using only square tiles is available using 2″x 2″ or 3″x 3″ tiles.

Slice using square and rectangular tiles is available in combinations of 3×3/3×6 OR 2×2/2×4 and is a smaller version of our Rift Valley Lineal border pattern released this past week.

Of course, the Slice Collection components are available using any standard combination of our handmade Rift Series tiles.

If you are looking for a simple border, use any of colors with any layout variation as a listello insert within a larger tile wall design.  If you just want a touch of tile, use these alone, with an overglazed (finished) top edge for a  ribbon of tile at a backsplash.  Want to create a large, dramatic design? Use a Slice accent as a secondary detail along with our Rift Valley Lineal border.  The possibilities are endless!

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Lineal Border Collection Finale: Day 6

This is the final day of our week-long Lineal Collection border launch, and we are so excited to show you this incredible border design!

The second of two Lineal Collection borders using our Rift Series tiles, this utilizes laNeva’s unique 2-color tile in a whole new and previously unavailable way– BIG! This is our very first time offering 4″x4″ laNeva Rift Series tiles, and oh, they are gorgeous!

Each Rift tile is handmade, hand glazed and completely unique.  There is a natural chemical reaction that occurs at the overlap line of the two glaze colors and depending on the glazes used, this reaction may create bubbles, a muted color blending or a third color entirely.  To learn more about our Rift tiles and the name, check out our blog post on the Rift.

Are you ready for our final Lineal Collection design?  We present to you, Rift Valley.

(If you want an up close and personal view, click on any image)

A more delicate border overall but with big impact, this one measures approximately 6″ H. It’s softly undulating, organic Rift pattern creates a division point reminiscent of the horizon.

Rift Valley is shown here using the following laNeva Solid Colors:

  • 1″x 6″  & 1/2″x 6″  liner bars at top and bottom: #68 Twilight
  • 1″x2″ random insert at bottom: #68 Twilight
  • 4″x4″  & 2″x 4″ Rift Tiles: #95 Lichen/ #68 Twilight

Finished with a sand colored grout.

This border measures approximately 6″ tall, 3/8″ thick and is sold mesh mounted in 12″ lengths.  The Rift tiles and bottom border pieces are randomly placed with no true repeat.

One method to create a completely different look with Rift Valley is to use #95 Lichen as the border accent in place of Twilight, or switch the colorway entirely to a different Rift Tile, but we don’t know why you’d do that since this is so fabulous and full of character!  Our other beautiful Rift Tile colors are as follows:

Here’s the rundown of this past week and the new Lineal Collection borders:

And finally, if you want the lowdown on our Lineal Collection, here’s how it works:

laNeva Tile’s “Lineal” border collection is a series of 6 pre-designed, mesh-mounted borders of our most popular patterns. Since you choose the colors and combinations, your border can be as contemporary or traditional as you’d like. We provide detailed drawings and you personalize the design with our choice of any of our solid color glazes(or Rift glazes for Woven Rift and Rift Valley).

Thanks for joining us on this week-long product launch adventure!  We have ONE more big announcement for Monday that ties in directly to today’s post. Stick around for one more exciting Rift product perfect for those who may just want a splash of handmade tile. See you Monday!

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Lineal Border Launch: Day 5

For Day 5 and 6 of our Lineal Collection border launch, we are switching gears and focusing on Lineal designs that use our Rift Series (2-color) tiles.

laNeva offers six standard Rift Series color combinations and we are proud to showcase these fun, unexpected tiles. Each Rift tile is completely unique, with a natural chemical reaction occurring at the overlap line of the two glazes.  The glaze combinations may create bubbles, a muted color blending or a third color entirely.  To learn more about our Rift tiles and the name, check out our blog post on the Rift.

So without further ado, we present our next Lineal Collection border pattern, Woven Rift.

(If you want an up close and personal view, click on any image)

Another big border, this one is stunning in its character and simplicity. Reminiscent of a herringbone, the pattern takes laNeva’s 2-color Rift tiles and randomly alternates them to create a woven-look.

Woven Rift is shown here using the following laNeva Solid Colors:

  • 1″x 6″ liner bars at top and bottom: #71 Dune
  • 2″x 2″ Rift Tiles: #61 Sky/#90 Oregano

Finished with a sand colored grout.

This border measures approximately 10-1/2″ tall, 3/8″ thick and is sold mesh mounted in 12″ lengths.  The Rift tiles alternate, but there is no true repeat.

One method to create a completely different look with Woven Rift is to insert a random accent Rift tile.  Christopher’s Baths & Kitchens in Englewood, Colorado displays a laNeva Woven Rift board where we have inserted a few #71 Dune/#84 Scarlet Rift tiles into an overall pattern of Christopher’s exclusive Rift colorway #71 Dune/#24 Steel.  The design is capped with a #31 Snow liner bar and completed with 3×6 tile in #71 Dune.  (Please note that the Christopher’s border is a half-tile-height shorter than the Lineal Collection design shown above).

If you prefer more sophisticated, reserved tile borders, check out day 1 and 2 releases Bamboo Forest and Herringbone Classico. Are you modern and like bold colors with lots of contrast? Then Marching Orders and Composition Six are for you.

And finally, if you want the lowdown on our Lineal Collection, here’s how it works:

laNeva Tile’s “Lineal” border collection is a series of 6 pre-designed, mesh-mounted borders of our most popular patterns. Since you choose the colors and combinations, your border can be as contemporary or traditional as you’d like.

We provide the detailed drawings and the color examples and you personalize the design with our choice of any of our solid color glazes. It’s still a custom design made just for you, but with no pricing surprises and a faster lead time.

Tomorrow is our finale – one final, beautiful Lineal Collection border that ties into another Rift Series product announcement. The suspense is too much!! See you tomorrow!

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