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Design with White Tile

Posted by Daltile Team on Apr 11, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Looking for a neutral color to jazz up your bathroom, living room, or kitchen? Consider using white porcelain tile, which is available in various shades and shapes, to brighten and visually expand your space. From white subway backsplash tile to large-format floor tile, white is the way to go. Here are some inspirational tips and ideas to help you get started on your design.

White tileBrickwork in Studio on the wall with Yorkwork Manor in Birchtree on the floor

Create a White Accent Wall

Covering an accent wall in tile is an increasingly popular design element. This adds texture and modern flair to a space that traditionally features plastered walls. For instance, try installing Brickwork in Studio on the wall and Yorkwood Manor Birchtree on the floor. The combination creates a very contemporary, striking look, especially when used in a space that has a high white ceiling and windows. Brickwork uses random shade variation and distressed edges to mimic brick that's traditionally found in landmark downtown buildings. It's superb for adding warmth, texture, and a historic feel to a room.

Use Classic Subway Tile

Another excellent option for a living room accent wall is a white subway tile. While this classic tile is often the go-to choice for a bathroom or a kitchen backsplash, where mildew and mold can be an issue, it's also a sophisticated option for a contemporary living room. If an accent wall of white tile in your living room is too overwhelming, go small. For instance, you could use subway tile to frame a fireplace, whether you tile the surround or create a traditional hearth with a wood mantle. Either way, the tiles are sure to pick up the shadows of a late-night fire.

Use Multiple Different Shades of White

There's plenty of other white porcelain tile that's perfect for the living room space. What's more, there are many shades of white. For instance, consider Affinity, a hardy glazed porcelain tile that's available in cream, beige, and gray. Affinity owes its natural stone look to a feeling of movement and a resemblance to limestone. Imagine going with a cream 12 x 24 field tile on your living room floor, and pairing it with a matching 10 x 14 wall tile and 2 x 2 mosaic. You'll end up with a striking, seamless look.

Use the Same White Tile in Multiple Spaces

The Affinity line also works in bathrooms and kitchens, so why not use the same tile in your kitchen if it's adjacent to your living room. The tile will visually tie the two rooms together. You can use the same exact tile, or you can pick a different shape but keep the same hue and finish to create a slightly different look. For instance, try using the same tile on your living room fireplace surround and kitchen backsplash.

It's hard to go wrong with porcelain white tile in any space. Whether you're designing a small or large room, you'll be adding a timeless tile that will be beautiful for years to come. When you're ready to pick your tile, head to your local Daltile retailer to get started.

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Topics: Subway Tile, Wall Tile, Design, Backsplash

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