7 Projects That Prove a Little Tile Goes a Long Way

7 Projects That Prove a Little Tile Goes a Long Way

We understand that although we would all love a home covered in handmade tile, a full-blown installation may not always be in budget. That is not a reason, however, to give up on your artisan tile dream! There are so many ways to make a stunning project shine with limited square footage of our ceramic beauties. Whether that means a niche, a small accent, mixing our tile with commercial tile, or making a big statement in a small space...you can get that "Mercury Mosaics look" without covering an entire wall with our tile.

Here are 7 projects that prove a little of our tile goes a long way:

1. Contrasting Shower Niche 

We're huge believers in the shower niche. It's such a simple update and will make your entire bathroom look much more organized and polished. Once you have one, you'll never want to see or use a shower caddy again. Niches are a gorgeous place to add a creative and contrasting pop of tile. The one below is as simple as it gets, using a classic teal Subway Tile. How many square feet were used? Only 2.67. Now find your favorite tile on our shop and do the math - this is one of the most affordable and fun ways to add a small amount of tile to your home!

Get more niche ideas with our blog "6 Niche Ideas for Chic Shower Shelving"

Shower Niche Subway Tile

3"x8" Subway Tile - 1016 Costa Rica

2. Shower Trim Accent

Have a larger space that needs to be tiled and want to do something bold? Try mixing and matching shapes like in the project below. In this example, the white subway tile is commercially manufactured, making for an affordable base to cover the shower walls. Sometimes we find the uniformity of commercial tile actually helps the variation and unique elements of our artisan tile pop! For this project they needed to cut into the commercial tile for the smooth transition, but you could also create a uniform trim throughout for an easier approach. 

Get all the details about this project with our blog "Cobalt Blue Moroccan Fish Scales Shower"

Cobalt Blue Moroccan Fish Scale Shower

Large Moroccan Fish Scales - 21R Cobalt. Interior Design by Jennifer Harbison. Photograph by Miro Dvorscak.


3. Tiled Kitchen Island

There are few things we adore more than a kitchen island that adds personality to a space! We love choosing bold, bright, or contrasting hues for this tile project. The example below shows how simple Subway Tile can completely shine. The saturated teal glaze contrasted with the bright white space is both eye-catching and sophisticated at the same time. 

Find a few more kitchen island ideas with our blog "5 Kitchen Island Ideas with Handmade Tile"

Tiled Kitchen Island Green Subway Tile

3”x6” Subway Tile - 1036W BluegrassPhotograph: Jody Kivort.

4. Half-Height Kitchen Backsplash

How could we write this blog without showing off this awesome remodeled RV? Small space living never looked so good! Whether you're working with a small kitchen, want organic edging, or simply don't want to pay for a counter-to-ceiling tile, a half-height backsplash is always a great option if you're looking to use less tile. Keep the walls white or have fun with a funky wallpaper or complementary paint color.  

Learn more about this adorable little kitchen with our blog "Bohemian Backsplash 188 Sqft Remodeled RV"

Teal Hexagon Small Kitchen Backsplash Idea

Small Hexagons - 1036W BluegrassPhotograph: 188 sqft.

5. Bold Tiled Stove Splash 

Sometimes all you need to make a statement is a strong color palette. This stunning pink, grey, black, and white stove is proof! We couldn't love it more. Plus, it's so functional to have our tile in this space, it's easy to clean and often makes a great focal point for a kitchen. 

Find more stove splash ideas with our blog "5 Stunning Stove Splashes Your Kitchen Needs"

Pink Black and White Tile Stove Splash

Medium Diamonds - 613 Black, 130 White, 39 London Fog, custom pink color. Photograph: @slay_at_home.


6. Home Bar Backsplash

Cheers to this project! Who doesn't want to add a chic little bar space to their home? Adding tile to a little nook like this is a great way to make an often unnoticed space look like a million bucks. We love the use of open shelving so that all the tile can shine. 

This home also had our tile in their kitchen, read our blog "Dazzling Diamond Kitchen Backsplash" to see the entire project. 

Ceramic Diamond Tile Bar Backsplash

Medium Diamonds - 75 Emerald. Photograph: Alyssa Lee Photography.


7. Protective Entryway Floor Tile

Last but certainly not least, our tile is ideal for your floor. It's easy to clean and extremely durable. Adding a simple trim like below or a larger rectangular floor tile area in an entryway will make your life so much easier. Rugs often get bunched up by kids or pets and need regular maintenance to last. In contrast, this will last for years and years to come, plus...it's real easy on the eyes. 

This home had our tile in 6 different areas, see the rest with our blog "Tile Home Tour: Newly Remodeled Mid-Century Home"

Entry Way Floor Tile Accent

Small Hexagons - 815W Light Grey, 220 Sooty Grey, 912R Cloudy Sky. Photograph: Chelsie Lopez Production. Install completed by Kinetic Design Build.


Order tile samples to see, touch, and fall in love with our handmade tiles in person. We would also love to hear what inspires you! Tell us more about your future project and get the ball rolling

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