Going to kick out some words for you that may or may not mean anything but in the world of design they do. Stacked bond, diagonal, herringbone, basketweave, windmill, pinwheel, stretcher bond, cobblestone, english cross bond, subway, running bond. And here are a few more . . . ceramic, encaustic cement, porcelain and porcelain mosaic.
It's all about tile. Pattern and type. I don't claim to be an expert by any means, but I do love a good detail in a kitchen and/or bath project and more importantly, I love to do a little something different as oppose to the everyday normal. Now, that is not to say I don't still love the classic, timeless white cabinet & marble counter / backsplash per se making a huge re-appearance in the 90's then again in 2015 and still going strong in 2018. New builds are offering the white kitchen with marble backsplash and a quartz marble-like counter top, a much more up-to-date look. I too, have painted my fair share of client's kitchens from wood to white over the past few years, and it's a huge transformation.
But as of late I am in love with the cement tiles, and a mixture of white and wood cabinets, maybe because I have seen enough white kitchens. Why cement tile ? It's the natural patina and random imperfections that I love. No one does it better than Cle Tile. Take a look at a few of my favorites.
I am presenting a whole house remodel this morning that includes a new kitchen and the most fabulous "morning room" complete with curved bar. This mid-century modern, Plaza Midwood home is the king daddy version of my little Brevard place with vaulted ceilings and sky high windows, I cannot wait to get it rolling !!!
I want tall white walls with neutrals and a big pop of color here and there, starting with the kitchen back splash. A cement tile with a dose of dark teal.
Across the room - a way cool curved bar with another cement tile backsplash
And down the hall, a floor to ceiling, behind the sink tile, pulling the colors across the hall. Fingers crossed they like it all.
I'll show you the rest of this plan . . . stay tuned !
So, no one explains cement and natural patina better than one of my favorite cement tile go to - Cle, and the source for all these beauties above (and below) to take a read . . .
Porcelain (& Pigment)
The artist collection offered at Cle are amazing. Truly one of a kind. Take a peek at Deborah Osburn's offereings - two of my favorites Tides and Dip in the Watermark Collection. These are porcelain with pigment, all hand crafted. Is it a surprise she's an avid surfer ?!! Perfect for most all applications
Are you kidding with these gorgeous custom tiles by Timorous Beasties for Cle !! Part of the Artist's collection, printed by hand on 12 x 12 honed limestone. Now these are a work of art as well. I first was introduced to his work at the IFCC show .. maybe 2015? Loved his fabrics and wall papers and now I'm seeing this gorgeous tile. Love, love, love.