Inspiration and DIY Tile Design: Combining Form and Functionality

Photo features Fidenza in Cafe 12 x 12 in a diagonal pattern, with 3 x 12 Universal Border in hallway. Wall features Bianco in 9 x 12 with 2 x 2 Mosaic and 2 x 9 Stone and Glass Accent with Champagne Gold Tumbled Stone Chair Rail.

Photo features Fidenza in Cafe 12 x 12 in a diagonal pattern, with 3 x 12 Universal Border in hallway. Wall features Bianco in 9 x 12 with 2 x 2 Mosaic and 2 x 9 Stone and Glass Accent with Champagne Gold Tumbled Stone Chair Rail.

 
 

Tile Design: Combining Form and Functionality

The theory of form following function is often applied to home design in order to achieve the best overall design for your living space. Similarly, this theory can also often be applied to tile design. With the following tips and tricks, you'll be able to find the perfect balance of form and functionality for your overall home design and specific materials.

Always Consider Function First

Think about the different rooms in your home and what furnishings or appliances are needed for each to function properly. For kitchens, these necessities often consist of quality appliances and a comfortable space to prepare meals and gather. In the living room, you may design a space based around your family's favorite leisure activities. Crucial elements may include bookshelves for reading, an entertainment unit that houses your television, or a chair rail in your dining room. After you decide on the practical elements for your design, you can then add a personal touch through additional aesthetically pleasing design elements.

Photo features Fidenza in Cafe 12 x 12 in a diagonal pattern, with 3 x 12 Universal Border in hallway. Wall features Bianco in 9 x 12 with 2 x 2 Mosaic and 2 x 9 Stone and Glass Accent with Champagne Gold Tumbled Stone Chair Rail.

Carefully Consider Tile Flooring

Carrying this theory through to tile design means finding tile options that combine beauty and practicality. Due to its easy maintenance and ability to last a long time, tile is an outstanding example of a functional home product. New innovations have helped to create tile designs that are beautiful and unique. Tile floors and walls are often considered functional when you don't need to think or worry about them. Above all else, flooring should be sturdy enough to withstand foot traffic and pet paws, offer easy maintenance, and last for years with proper care, which includes the ability to prevent water infiltration. Once you decide on a tile flooring material that fits the bill, you can then choose a color that works best for your space. For instance, a neutral-colored floor creates a foundation that doesn't distract from the room's focal point or draw the eye downward, a rustic shade of wood-look tile can complete a rustic design, and a large-format ceramic tile can make a space feel larger than it really is.

Go with Beautiful, Yet Functional, Wall Tiles

Compared to floor tiles, wall tiles are typically chosen with more of a decorative mindset. However, it's also important to keep in mind that wall tiles do serve an important function in spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. They help to protect walls against water and other cooking spills or splashes. In addition to porcelain and ceramic tiles, glass mosaics also function well on walls. The reflective capabilities of glass helps to enhance the lighting in a room while bringing added depth and drama to your decor.

Tile is one of the most long-lasting and practical flooring choices available. In recent years, revolutionary new technologies have increased the function of tile, while new styles and designs have provided a wide range of choices that add beauty to any space. Incredible digital imaging is now used to produce tiles that convey the realistic look and patterns of other materials, while still giving you the durability and function of tile. To get started on your design, stop by a design center today to view the latest and greatest in both form and function of modern tile.