By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; Chair Holder CMG
Taking a tour of the Daltile Gallery in Anaheim, CA is almost like touring a fine art museum.¬† What I experienced was a visual feast of new products put together in unexpected combinations.¬† Smooth finishes paired with honed stones, glass mosaics accented with porcelain liners, high gloss tiles mixed with matte stone finishes‚ÄĒthe combinations were fresh and dramatic.
The true key to creating a successful new kitchen or bath design is to mix materials to come up with something unique. ¬†Play with color combinations to suit your personality. ¬†Use textural contrasts to add character. ¬†Choose shapes that interpret your personal style.¬† Did you know that certain shapes evoke specific responses?¬† That certainly is a good place to begin as you narrow in on your personal style.¬† Here are some examples:
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Linear patterns that run horizontally create a restful feel.¬† Pencil thin tiles add a contemporary feel, but still evoke a feeling of calm.
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Linears that run vertically bring an energetic feel to a room.¬† If you are looking to create an illusion of height, verticals can accomplish that for you as well.
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Circles (bubble tiles are a great example) contribute a contemporary feel to a design.¬† These patterns are fun, playful and inviting.
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Relief patterns are reminiscent of classical stone frescoes and carvings from Greek and Roman times.¬† These types of tiles add richness and a sense of timeless beauty to a room.
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúMetallic‚ÄĚ porcelain tiles are such a great anomaly.¬† They look like real metal, but achieve that look with a much more reasonable price tag.¬† Metallic looks are chameleons in the world of design.¬† They adapt to traditional, contemporary, vintage, or eclectic design modes with ease.¬† Best of all, metals never go out of style.
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mosaic tiles are absolutely fascinating.¬† Tiny fragments combine to create an overall effect that catches and reflects light.¬† Mosaics can be a combination of colors or soothingly monochromatic.
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Diagonal patterns add pure drama to a design.¬† Be careful with the scale and proportion of the area you are tiling in diagonals.¬† They can be overpowering if done on a large scale surface, but create visual energy if used sparingly.
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Tile ‚Äúwood‚ÄĚ looks continue to be a hot commodity.¬† You can have the look of real wood without the high maintenance of hardwood floors.¬† Pet-friendly, kid-friendly, rustic, inviting and homey‚ÄĒwhat more could you ask for?
So with all of that in mind, let‚Äôs take a look at some actual displays showcasing a few of the ‚Äėstunners‚Äô Daltile has to offer:
- Circle Mosaic – Beautiful fragments of glass in concentric circles use color to create this vignette masterpiece.¬† Earthy colors with accents of botanical greens bring a soft, livable palette to life.¬† This could define a kitchen backsplash in style.
- Diagonal in Marble ‚Äď This sample vignette shows the energy and drama that diagonals are noted for.¬† Notice the mix of materials ‚Äď neutral marble, onyx black marble, and Urban Metal bronze accents.¬† Add to that pencil glass tiles in a mix of translucent colors and this mix becomes a masterpiece.
- Geometric Mix ‚Äď Daltile‚Äôs designers combined travertine, veined marble, and Urban Metal liners to create a work of art.
- Carved in Stone ‚Äď Just a touch of metal adds glimmer to this carved stone look.¬† These tiles are meant to be a finishing touch accent to your design.
- 5. Horizontal Naturals ‚Äď This vignette is a great example of the calming effect horizontals can create.¬† The mix of natural stone contrasted with smooth texture wood-look tile is a great combination.¬† Purposely mixing finishes, material profiles, and even thicknesses creates a high-character design.
It was difficult to narrow down the selections to highlight in this blog.¬† So many excellent choices and unique combinations made it difficult.¬† I would encourage you to tour a gallery for yourself (or visit on-line at www.daltile.com).¬† If inspiration is what you are after, Daltile has an abundance to offer.