[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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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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Dreams of Decorative Tile

When I shut my eyes, I see color. Not like a lava lamp of flowing, moving organic blobs of color; My mind sees bouncing, colorful geometric shapes. It’s always been this way…and I know you think I’m a nut.

Last night when I was listening to music, on the cusp of sleep, I heard the rhythm of the song and my mind saw tile. The tile seemed to appear from nowhere and laid down like a train track in front of me. There were short tiles to match the faster beats, long tiles to follow the slower beats. It all seemed so natural and well, normal.

As inspiration can come from the strangest of places, I took this train track “dream” and ran with it, creating the first of a several contemporary border designs.

The design ended up being something like the tile layout shown here, with a wide “track”
border on each side using our bars in 1/2″ x6″ and 1″x6″ and a center with a random layout of 4″x4″, 2″x4″ and 1″x2″.

Like all borders, this can be used in a vertical or horizontal layout. Just blew your mind again?Vertical borders? Of course! Watch for a post coming shortly that shows some great ways to use vertical decorative borders in both kitchen and bath wall tile layouts.

We love decorative tile and are always striving to find inventive designs and installations!

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Glazed bricks and relief tile wall

Ishtar Gate at Babylon, circa 575 B.C. from DesignBoom.com

As a somewhat inquisitive person by nature, I happen to question a lot. I hate the word no, because there is always a solution.

Anyway, I love tile and I always want to learn more. Where did ceramic tile originate? Why? Where does the odd word ’tile’ come from? What are the earliest examples of historic tile and what did it look like?

For any of you who care about the nuts and bolts of tile and want to see some incredible historic tile designs, check out this amazing article A Condensed Ceramic Tile History from my new favorite site, DesignBoom.com

Oh DesignBoom, I can already anticipate the hours we will spend together. For good or for bad, I am intrigued (and a little smarter after my history of ceramic tile lesson. xoxo)

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