We tend to think of tile as this very utilitarian thing that keeps the drywall in your bathroom from rotting and makes the backsplash in your kitchen easier to clean up. But tile can be so much more than that. Here are 12 interiors that use beautifully colored and patterned tile to make a real statement. These rooms all have a bit of a European feel to them — use them as inspiration to take your own home to the next level.
Above: boldly patterned tiles on the living room wall give a Russian apartment a distinctly Moroccan feel. Spotted on Decor Demon.
Contrasting tiles on the floor and wall give this space from Dwell a beautiful, unique feel.
I love the idea of an inlaid tile 'rug', like this one from Elle Decor.
This space, from Elle Decor Italia via Vosges Paris, takes inlaid tile to the next level — the hexagonal tiles distinguish the dining area, while also creating an exciting transition between the hexagons and the wood flooring.
Bright yellow tile enlivens the inside fo a fireplace from An Ordinary Woman.
This encaustic tile 'apron' makes a modern bathroom a little more exciting. From Design Milk.
These subway tiles, running halfway up a brick wall, creating an exciting contrast in textures. From Hans Blomquist.
No need for a headboard with a beautiful tiled wall like this one behind the bed. From Dezeen.
The mosaic tiling around the outside of this tub makes the room. From Elle Decor Espana.
Tile in the bedroom — beautiful, and cool underfoot in hot climates, too. Spotted on Yatzer.
A finally, a little gem of a toilet room from Design Sponge, with enough pattern to keep you occupied while you're occupied.