Yes, you can tile your stairs (plus 5 more ways to use tiles)


How are you this for a new way to elevate your decor: try adding tile – already a proven star in kitchen backsplashes and bathroom floors – to your stairs. So daring it could work, right?

In fact, as the pros of Emily Seeds Interior Design; they covered the risers of a wooden staircase Calacatta Zebrino tile Ann sacks, the Portland, OR company known for its meticulously crafted tile collections. It’s a small change that makes a huge statement (wowing your guests as soon as they walk into your home).

And tiling your risers is just one way you can transform your space with color or pattern. Designers are also reinventing tiles as an accent for other areas beyond the usual places, like the kitchen and bathroom. It is an easy and eye-catching decorative element that also works wonderfully in many other areas throughout the home.

Read on to find other ways to spruce up your home with tile.


Designer: Kate Marker Interior; Photography: Emily Kennedy Photography

It’s the first place you see when you walk in, so an entrance is the perfect place to make a big impact with design. And while we love hardwood, few things are more welcoming or striking than a hall floor adorned with a statement tile. Cover a few square feet with a colorful pick or use black and white en masse for a graphic touch on the classic palette.

Laundry room

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(Left) Designer: Oliver Simon Design; Photography: Janis Nicolay. (Right) Designer: Grace Blu Design; Photography: Ryan Garvin

Sure, the laundry room is your home’s workhorse, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun there too – it’s actually a great place to experiment and take some conception risks. May your favorite shades be chic neutrals where are you rather bright and saturated colors type, a tiled backsplash will make you smile even when you fold that eighth load of clothes. (Bonus: a tile surface is durable and easy to clean.)


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(Left) Designer: Leighanne LaMarre Interiors; Photography: Amanda Dumouchelle. (Right) Designer: Nuela Designs; Photography: Molly Culver Photography.

Often the focal point of any living space or large room, your fireplace is a real eye-catcher when covered in tile. Try a monochrome look or one poppy pattern. Pro tip: Keep the furniture around it low-key so that tiled spot can be the star.


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Designer: JZ Interior Designs; Photography: Michael Radford.

Now that we are all working from home more than ever, now is a good time to improve your workspace. Why not make it extra-inspiring with a fun tile? It’s just as energizing and creative as a piece of art on a wall.


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(Left) Designer: BANDD Design; Photography: Molly Culver. (Right) Designer: Erin Sander; Photography: Pär Bengssston.

Whether you’re serving coffee or cocktails, bar none, this is potentially one of a home’s coolest features, and tiling can help make it look the room. This is the place to go really big one bold design, a striking metallic– then stay home and enjoy this stylish space.


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(Left) Designer: Wendy Word Design; Photography: Lauren Pressey. (Right) Designer: Habitat Design Studio; Photography: Haris Kenjar.

Transform this space into a spa-like sanctuary with a tiled accent wall that is as calming as it is elegant. Gold hardware with a modern penny mosaic tile is a winning combination in this bathroom designed by Wendy Word (on the top corner left), and make it go from floor to ceiling turns this place into a real centerpiece.

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