"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A gray and white penny tile floor compliments the coloring of the marble countertop on the bathroom double vanity. Large mirrors are fixed over the his and hers sinks with stainless steel sconces mounted on each side. The sophisticated color scheme, sleek lines and natural lighting create a chic style.
A glass section of the large front door creates a connection between the foyer and the outside entrance. Neutral marble tile matches the cream colored walls and gives a polished look to the space. Two columns with a textured finish frame the entry and add to the grand feel of the design.
A dark hardwood floor looks beautifully rich against the bright white cabinets, backsplash and walls in this spacious kitchen. The island base provides an unexpected pop of blue to accent the room. Black bar chairs circle the island for an eat-in set up at the polished white countertop shining under a pair of globe pendant lights.
Mirrored doors catch the light and create a reflective finish in this captivating walk-in closet. An elegant traditional vanity base is topped with a contemporary mirror lighted by sconces and centered in the open floor space. Pops of gray are pronounced in the marble floor tile and match the polished style of the room.
As seen on America's Most Desperate Kitchens, designers wanted to create a space with the feel of an old farmhouse, but still give the homeowners all the modern amenities, so they blended old textures, such as the exposed brick, wainscoting and large tile floors, with new, stainless steel appliances and modern cabinets and countertops.
A large stainless steel island cuts a modern edge to this chic kitchen. The space is grounded by large gray tile flooring, while floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of natural light. Bold red on the barstools and chairs provide a burst of color in the space.
Although designers from America's Most Desperate Kitchens wanted to create an authentic looking farmhouse kitchen, they also wanted to give the homeowners lots of modern luxuries, so they combined vintage inspired features, like the mint refrigerator and mixer and large print tile floor, with modern cabinets and countertops, creating a durable, elegant space.
To create the perfect vintage, farmhouse look, designers at America's Most Desperate Kitchens added a new, pastel green Smeg refrigerator. Despite its retro design, it has all the modern gadgets of a stainless steel fridge in a cute, kitschy package. To complete the design, custom large pattern tile flooring and an exposed beam gives the space an authentic farmhouse feel.
To add color to the updated, yet still authentic feeling kitchen and dining room spaces, designers on America's Most Desperate Kitchens continued the mint green color from the kitchen into the dining room. The mint green of the refrigerator and the KitchenAid reflect flecks of mint green in the custom, large print tile floor. The same accent color enters the dining room with the vintage, mint green pendant light.