Blending In: How to Bring Tile and Stone Into a Room

By Anna Marie Fanelli

A quick visual scan of most kitchens and bathrooms will revel a variety of material cues. Elements such as stainless steel appliances, crystal glassware, copper pots, hardwood floors and brushed nickel faucets all blend to create the overall look of a space. Bringing tile, stone and mixed material surfacing into a room helps tie it all together to create the ultimate in eclectic decor.

Mixed mosaic collections

Check out some of the new mosaic collections. Manufacturers have responded to the blend trend by playing the role of master mixer. A wide variety of mesh-mounted mosaics combine the glamour of glass, stone, metal and even cut crystal.

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Unify with color

The goal in interior design is to create interest and harmony. No one material should compete with another for attention. Use color to unify design elements.

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Whether you’re combining glass, ceramic, Corian or concrete, all of these products come in a vast array of colors. By selecting similar colors, you’ll create a seamless look.

Choose a theme

A recent trend in tile this year is architectural and archaeological references. Everything from Moroccan motifs to Portuguese prints to Chinese chinoiserie can be found in tile form.

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Like the old Italian cooking adage, “What grows together, goes together,” the same holds true for historical highlights. If you select materials that relate to the same genre, you’ll be able to blend successfully.

Pair timeless classics with modern originals

Marble is making a big comeback. But instead of using it head to toe, designers are playing on the colors and textures of this natural stone to pair it with modern elements like glass and metal. Accessorize with a freeform stone sink or a sleek faucet and you’ll have the perfect mix of modern and classic.

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Complement varied textures

Design with depth. Look at the layers that compose your space. Rooms like kitchens and baths are very tactile. You touch the faucets, wipe down the countertops and walk barefoot on the floor. If everything were polished to the perfect shine there wouldn’t be much interest.

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But when you blend in textures like tumbled stone, weathered metal or wood grain tile you not only create a cohesive look, but also a space that longs to be lived in and touched.

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