Obviously I haven't been creative enough with tile. Sure, I know it's practical, and adds color. But I've neglected to think beyond bathroom floors and back splashes. Recently, I've noticed tile used sparingly to add a small pop of color, or to create a simple design that attracts your eye in an otherwise basic room.
Take the kitchen above, from Elle Decor South Africa (via San Francisco Girl By Bay). It artfully uses pencil tile and tiny mosaics to create thin lines of color that are pretty and straightforward. People are so clever.
Here are some other smart and lovely examples:
1. Here, patterned tile makes a nook the focal point in a lovely black and white kitchen. From Expressen.
2. With only twenty tiles, Chelsea Hing added a spot of interest in a basic all-white kitchen. From The Design Files.
3. It's always nice to take the tile into other areas of the house. A tile mantel is the only fixed bit of color in this bright living room in Venice Beach. From Cococozy.
4. Stair treads are such a great place to add tile. They won't get as scuffed, and it's like a little party on every step. From 2 Modern.
5. I love this simple red cross on the floor of the shower. Photo by Joost van Brug via Bofink.
(Images: as credited above.)