by Cristi Oramas

Tile can go in more than just floors and backsplashes. It’s a great option to add functional visual interest to many areas of your home and outdoor living space. But with so many styles and options, it can be overwhelming to find the right one for your project. In this blog we’ll explore popular tile types and where to use them.

Glass Tile for a Modern Feel

Glass tiles have become increasingly popular in-home decor due to their stunning beauty, versatility, and ability to add a touch of elegance to any space. With a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures, glass tiles offer endless possibilities for creating unique and stylish designs.

For a classic look, glass subway tiles are a timeless choice for creating a sleek and sophisticated look. These rectangular tiles are commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms, providing a clean and classic aesthetic. Subway backsplash tiles can be installed in a traditional brick pattern or arranged in herringbone or chevron designs to add a modern twist.

Glass tile is also 100% water resistant, meaning you don't need to worry about spills and food splashes staining it. It also means easy and quick cleanup!

Best Places to Install: Kitchen backsplashes, bathroom walls, bathroom backsplashes, showers, pools, and spas.

Glass Mosaic Subway Tile

Mosaic glass tiles offer a captivating blend of colors and patterns, perfect for adding a touch of artistic flair to any room. Available in various shapes and sizes, mosaic tiles can be arranged to create intricate designs or used as accent pieces to highlight specific areas. Their reflective properties also make small spaces appear larger and brighter.

In pools and spas, they create an alluring, iridescent effect, reflecting the sunlight and adding a shimmering look to the space. This is why they are a favorite for an all-tile pool. These tiles are highly versatile and can also be applied to both walls and floors, enabling you to unleash your creativity and personalize your space. Better yet, they usually come pre-mounted for easy installation.

Best Places to Install: Pools, spas, accent walls, fireplace surrounds, kitchen floors, and bathroom floors.

Glass Mosaic Tile Pool

Hexagon glass tile is a growing trend in 2023 for a sleek, modern look. Hexagon glass tiles offer a perfect balance of contemporary elegance and geometric beauty, making them an ideal choice for enhancing various spaces in your home and pool area. From kitchen backsplashes and bathroom surfaces to outdoor accents and feature walls, the versatility of hexagon glass tiles knows no bounds.

Best Places to Install: Kitchen walls, bathroom floors, shower walls, pool waterlines, and accent walls.

Hexagon glass tile

Porcelain Tile for Classic, Traditional Style

Porcelain tiles can make a striking statement in your home, setting the tone for your overall design. They are a versatile and durable option for enhancing various areas of your home and pool area. These beautiful tiles can effortlessly transform any space, offering both aesthetic appeal and practicality.

Patterned porcelain tiles can create a bold, visually captivating look, instantly grabbing attention as soon as guests enter your home. They make for an eye-catching focal point in your home that complements many features; even frequently being used around fireplace facades.

Best Places to Install: Fireplaces, pools, kitchen backsplashes, bathroom floors, foyers.

Patterned Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Traditionally used as pool waterline tiles, porcelain pool tiles are designed specifically for outdoor use due to their resistance to moisture, fading, and extreme weather conditions.

Porcelain pool tiles are safe for any part of your home. The only difference between them and other tiles is that they are held to higher production standards to ensure they can withstand the elements. You can use them anywhere in or out of your home and benefit from their superb durability.

Best Places to Install: Pool waterlines, spas, outdoor kitchens, and ANY part of your home!

Porcelain Pool Tile

Large-format porcelain tiles are an excellent choice for pool decks and patio pavers as they are stain-resistant and easy to care for. Available in neutral tones for a sleek and contemporary style, you can easily install them inside your home and carry them right outside for a cohesive look.

Many large-format porcelain tiles and porcelain pavers even mimic the look of natural stone or wood, allowing you to achieve a warmer, rustic aesthetic while enjoying the added benefits of durability and low maintenance. Choose from a range of textures and finishes to create an outdoor aesthetic that complements your landscaping.

Best Places to Install: Tile flooring, pool decks, patios.

Porcelain Patio Pavers

Stone Tile for a Natural Feel

Stone tiles exude a sense of timeless beauty and natural charm, making them a popular choice for homeowners seeking to add a touch of sophistication to their living spaces. With a wide range of styles, colors, and textures, stone tiles offer versatility and the ability to create unique designs.

Marble tiles epitomize luxury and grandeur, renowned for their stunning veining patterns and lustrous finishes. Ideal for creating an opulent and refined atmosphere, marble tiles are commonly used in high-end homes. Install them as entryway tile and foyers to make a striking first impression or utilize their elegance in bathrooms to evoke a sense of spa-like serenity. While marble requires proper sealing and maintenance, the timeless beauty it adds to any space is unparalleled.

Best Places to Use: Entryways, foyers, bathrooms, fireplace surrounds.

Marble Bathroom

Natural pebble tile brings the beauty of nature indoors, creating a tranquil and organic ambiance in your living spaces. Made from small, smooth stones, these tiles offer a unique and visually appealing texture that adds warmth and charm to any room.

One of the most popular applications of natural pebble tile is in showers, where it creates a spa-like atmosphere and a rejuvenating experience. The pebbles' textured surface provides a gentle massage underfoot, while the varied colors and shapes evoke a sense of relaxation.

You can also utilize the natural beauty of pebble tiles to enhance the exterior of your home by creating inviting pathways and walkways to your garden or backyard with them. Their unique texture and earthy tones blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment, creating a harmonious and natural flow.

Natural pebble tile offers a unique and organic aesthetic that brings the calmness of nature into your living spaces. Whether in the bathroom, outdoor areas, or accent walls, these tiles create a soothing and visually captivating ambiance.

Natural stone is a wonderful material to adorn your home with but it’s important to remember to always seal stone prior to grouting to protect the stone. You can choose and enhancer sealer to give a more polished look or a matte finish to bring out the stone's natural beauty.

Best Places to Install: Shower floors, accent walls, garden pathways, outdoor seating areas, fireplace surrounds.

Pebble Patio Area

When choosing the perfect tile for your home, pool, or outdoor space, the options are endless. Available in many materials, shapes, colors, and styles, there is something for every aesthetic. Whether you’re looking to create a sleek, modern look with glass, add some classic charm with porcelain, or add some durable, stylish decking to your outdoor living space, we hope this blog has helped you narrow down your options.

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