7 Rooms Where Tile Stole the Show

By Jenn Rose Smith
Tile Makes The Room: Good Design from Heath Ceramics

Most of us are pretty “in the box” when it comes to tile. Our artistic decisions usually boil down to choosing between white or ecru subway tile for a kitchen or bathroom. Not to undermine the stress of those decisions (I’ve been there), but there’s actually a much larger world of possibility for the application of tile in a home. The folks at Heath Ceramics know a thing or two about well-made ceramics, and they’ve fully embraced the study of how tile can add to the beauty of a room with their new book Tile Makes the Room: Good Design from Heath Ceramics. From entire walls of saturated color to boldly patterned floors, this book is inspiring us to think about tile in an entirely new way. “We love tile,” they say. “Its functional and decorative char­acteristics are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. We especially love when a room calls for a combination of materials and tile is one of them, because it mixes so beautifully with other materials.” In our favorite pages from Tile Makes the Room you’ll see seven creative applications of tile in rooms that are functional, beautiful, and thoughtfully designed.


Pluijm House, Marrakech, Morroco

White Brick House, Portland, Oregon

MAD House, Vancouver, Canada

Parco dei Principi Hotel, Sorrento, Italy

Catalina House, Los Angeles, California

Cristalli Bath, Copenhagen, Denmark

Murnane House, Los Angeles, California