Whether you want to create a unique, high-end look in your kitchen or bathroom, or you are looking to add a touch of whimsy to your home, Moroccan fish scale tile, commonly referred to as "mermaid tile" or "fish scale tile," is a great choice to include in your design plans. But what is it and how can you use it to create your dream paradise? We wanted to answer these questions and provide you with some gorgeous examples.
What is fish scale tile?
Fish scale tile is uniquely shaped to mimic that of a fish's scale. It's rounded at the top and curves downward into a soft point. Fish scale tile comes in many forms, such as flat, 3D, matte, and high gloss, and is available in many sizes.
At AquaBlu, we value quality above all else. Our premium mermaid tile is manufactured in Spain and created using recycled glass, making it not only stylish, but good for the environment. More importantly, our Moroccan scale tiles are also impervious to liquids and vapors and resistant to fading, staining, and discoloration, making them perfect for any location you wish to tile.
How do you design with mermaid tile?
Because of its distinctive shape, mermaid tile is an eye-catching addition to any project. Here are five different ways you can incorporate them in your own home!
1. Kitchen Backsplash
Installing a kitchen backsplash protects your walls from damage and makes cleaning easier. It's also a great opportunity to add a touch of personality to what most consider the most important part of a home.
For instance, if you enjoy a retro style, the Frappe Matte Mix fish scale tiles can mimic that classic, checkered kitchen appearance but with a more playful shape.
This blend of white, black, and mauve/brown fish scale tiles creates the illusion of volume, making your kitchen feel spacious. Moreover, these colors mimic those of a delicious, cold frappe and pair well with other neutral colors in your cabinets or countertops.
2. In a Bathroom
Using Moroccan scale tile in a bathroom offers a multitude of options to transform the space from drab and boring to fab and eye-catching. Looking for an elegant way to add something unique to your shower?
Consider using the Matte Dark Grey fish scale tile. It's beautiful shape and dark neutral color make it a perfect choice for a sophisticated, modern space.
Maybe you have children and want to create a bathroom space just for them. Using something like the Matte Blue fish scale tile is a fun way to add a pop of color, making the space a fun place to learn to care for themselves.
Moroccan scale tiles also work for a backsplash in the bathroom.
One interesting design choice is to leave the backsplash with an uneven edge. With the rounded edges of the tiles not squared off, you avoid a monotonous appearance. It also highlights their unique scallop shape and evokes memories of softly crashing waves.
However you decide to style your bathroom, using mermaid tile as a shower or wall accent, or even a backsplash around the sink is a great option and offers versatility when it comes to design
3. An Interior Accent Wall
Tiled accent walls have grown in popularity as an alternative to paint and wallpaper, and fish scale tiles are an excellent choice for it.
A main advantage of using fish scale tile is its originality and their ability to make a room look non-standard. Thus, when you tile a wall in your living room with fish scale tiles, you are guaranteed to create a unique and artistic focal point.
For example, you could create a mosaic of alternating-colored tiles that are placed in various directions, or you could lay the tiles in a gradient that flows beautifully in one direction.
If you want a more modern style with the fish scale tiles, you could make an accent wall with the Black Glossy 3D fish scale tiles.
Black is a popular color in modern homes for its sleekness and sophistication. Furthermore, this tiles' glossy finish adds extra shine while its 3D appearance brings in depth and interest. Choosing a premium black grout to match such as the Nero Carbonio will make it even more sleek and uniform.
4. An Outdoor Accent Wall
Our high-quality fish scale tiles are resistant to fading, discoloration, and liquids, and can stand up to the elements. Do you have an awkward cement wall around your patio that you just don't know what to do with? Try covering it with something like the Brushed Green fish scale mosaic.
Green mermaid tile would be a great choice for an outdoor accent wall as the color will complement the nature around you. The color combined with the wavelike shape is reminiscent of rolling hills.
Green is also a very relaxing and refreshing color, perfect for turning your outdoor patio into a peaceful oasis.
Plus, how to design in swimming pools
Your swimming pool should be a place of relaxation to be shared with your friends and family. Picking the perfect design for this space is key to bringing this to fruition.
Create a luxurious ambiance by using fish scale tile as a unique waterline feature. Something like the Brushed Dark Blue or the Blue Mix fish scale tile is sure to make your pool the talk of the neighborhood! The gorgeous blue tones in these mosaic tiles brings ocean-like vibes to any space.
Another unique way to use mermaid tiles in a pool is to use them as step markers. The scale tiles can be pointed in the same direction for a uniform appearance, or the tiles can be pointed in opposite directions on each step for a funkier style. You can also use a color blocking technique and pick a different color scale tile for each stair. For instance, you could use varying shades of blue tiles that get darker as you step into the pool.
Whether your style is sleek and modern or fun and quirky, using Moroccan fish scale tile is a great way to add that "something special" to your home. Whatever you call them, they are perfect for both interior and exterior applications and their unique shape brings in the look of the sea, works in any direction, and stands out amongst all the standard square tiles in an unexpected and fun way.
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