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

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Comments (7)
  1. 1
    Esra Geither January 18, 2016 at 7:32 am

    These photos are so beautiful and inspiring! I am an interior designer and always find such inspiration from your photos!

  2. 2
    Anne Marie January 18, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I am longing for a neutral house that I can spice up with funky, geometric tile. Super inspired!

    • Camille Styles January 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Love that — I feel like tile is something that can really make a room extraordinary.

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    Andrea January 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Great Photos! I needed this post two weeks ago when Migs asked me to pick tile for his kitchen. We settled on heather grey in a herringbone pattern all the way up the walls on either side of the stove. Fingers crossed it looks as good on the walls as it does in my head. 🙂

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} January 18, 2016 at 10:10 am

    I absolutely love a bold tile in the kitchen or bath, and these photos are seriously inspiring.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

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    Kelly January 20, 2016 at 3:58 am

    I love those patterns. Felt in love with this design in a trip in Turkey. Great photos.