FIVE UPDATES FOR 12×12 TILE

There’s really nothing worse in the design world than “builder-grade” materials and interiors. And when I think of 12×12 tiles, builder-grade is exactly what comes to mind! But this readily-available, budget-friendly size tile doesn’t HAVE to look boring. Check out the strategies below for ways to jazz up simple square floor tiles.

Create a Tile “Rug”

Just like your living room or dining room looks great with a decorative area rug, bathroom or kitchen floors can get the same treatment using tile patterns! Use a stock 12×12 tile for the bulk of the flooring area, but create a small square or rectangular “rug” with a 1×1 accent mosaic tile border and a small-scale mesh-mounted tile in the center.

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Accent Tile Borders

A muted 12×12 Crema Marfil tile is bordered by strips cut from a 12×12 sheet of a trellis pattern mosaic tile. Doing so breaks up the sea of marble with a luxury tile that won’t break the bank in limited quantities.

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A similar strategy applies here, but with a darker 1″x1″ mosaic tile framing sets of four tiles. Using a darker tile not only creates contrast, but it also pulls in the darker color of the plumbing fixtures, all while giving the illusion of larger floor tiles.

 

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Two Tone for a Twist

Polished black and white marble tiles, laid in a diamond pattern create a luxury look in this entry way. The mix of the two colors creates a timeless and elegant feel upon entry!

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The best part? This look works with all sorts of colors and types of tile! Check out the examples below…

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Stripes and Stripes

Inexpensive black and white ceramic tiles have a striking impact when used to create stripes in an otherwise simple white kitchen.

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Take it up a Notch

In the two photos below, 12×12 tiles are “notched” with smaller accent tiles at regular intervals and add subtle interest to the floor.

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images (from top to bottom): riteloom.com, missionstonetile.com, we-promise.com, Dillard Design Group, manolohome.com, brookegiannetti.typepad.com, acultivatednest.com, houzz.com, houzz.com, houzz.com

 

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