"In the world of tile we are seeing an explosion of sizes, shapes, materials and patterns," notes Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors. Particularly popular these days, he adds, are large-format tiles — tiles that come 12" x 24" and even 36" x 36" — as opposed to the tried-and-true 12" x 12" tiles. In addition to looking great, larger sizes mean more tile surface and less grout lines to clean. Dean cautions that large-format tiles are heavy, requiring a perfectly level substrate and a professional installer for the job to come out right.
Penny tile flooring from Ann Sacks provides a great size contrast to the larger subway tile look of this sleek, contemporary shower. A built-in nook allows for seating or storage, and a mounted removable shower head can easily be maneuvered in the space.
Since shiny black floor surfaces tend to draw attention to imperfections, large-scale, rectangular porcelain tiles featuring a dulled, chalky finish were used. In order to add contrast to the floor and highlight the lines of the tile, the contractor used white grout.
Contemporary amenities and French country style mix to create a cozy kitchen fit for an avid cook. Gorgeous Carrera marble countertops are complemented by walls have been faux finished to reflect set limestone. Glass-front cabinets bring an especially homey feel.
This custom tile shower has two shower heads and corner seats to maximize the square footage. The linear drain give a modern look to the shower and allowed the use of larger tiles on the shower floor. A frameless glass door provides a clean look in this bathroom.
To add a touch of drama and depth to this otherwise white bathroom, Pure Design Interiors added a dark brown vanity and large brown floor tiles to complement the simple lines of the room. A large wall mirrors frames the entire vanity and slim, contemporary-styled cabinet pulls complete the look.
A tile lined archway frames a glamorous entry to this walk in shower. Small floor and ceiling tile creates a tight texture effect against the large patchwork wall tile. The neutral marbled color scheme creates a calm look to the design.
This light and bright bathroom features a spacious walk-in shower with floor-to-ceiling white tiles and chrome fixtures. A custom handmade vanity boasts a medium grain wood countertop and ivory rectangular sinks, while natural wood floors provide a finishing touch.
A large box in shape and appearance, the foyer is designed to connect the home's public and private wings. The foyer's far wall is framed out with painted pine trim. Inside each 34-inch square lies a panel of corrugated steel, a rustic building material that finds a new sleek, sophisticated interior application.
Open floor space, a neutral color palette and bright lighting elevate the spacious and airy look of this room. The rich wood stain draws the eye as a warm element against the cool tones of the gray and white.
The juxtaposition of the bright, white walls and large windows with the cozy fireplace and wood floors make this a room reflecting all seasons. A cozy white sofa and armchair are partnered with a jazzy, zebra print armchair -- which adds a touch of pizzaz to the space. A TV over the fireplace makes the room multi-functional; great for any occasion.
This traditional kitchen carries a wood theme from floor to ceiling. Tile trim adds visual interest on the floating ceiling and range hood. A large island offers space for food prep and a place to sit and chat.
Floor to ceiling neutral mosaic tile in the shower and bath combo framed by a damask shower curtain, hung on the ceiling, visually expand the space in this small bathroom. Bright recessed lighting and a chandelier, along with a large mirror are also designer tricks for decorating a small space. The high end features like marble flooring and countertops, make this bathroom feel like a luxury retreat.