Guest Post: Tile talk!

Oh, the infinite possibilities with tile! Interior designer Andrea Schumacher of Denver-based O Interior Design shares her favorite looks, from edgy crocodile-embossed tile to luscious, traditional terracotta.

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There are so many unique and beautiful ways to use tile, not to mention all of the amazing new tiles that are being introduced every day! At O Interior Design, we love traditional tiles, but we also love some of the up-and-coming trends that we’re seeing. Some of our favorites are faux-animal-skin tile and textured fabric-like surfaces. If you find yourself in Denver, head to Bistro One to check out the crocodile-embossed backsplash we chose for the bar. Here are some other stunning installationsâ¦

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We are seeing this amazing porcelain wood floor tile everywhere. It has the authentic look of beautiful wood flooring, but requires far less maintenanceâand is much more sustainable. There are some other great benefits to this product too: It has a low water absorption (unlike real wood, which can warp) and because it’s porcelain, when it’s exposed to sun it can actually absorb heat throughout the day, acting as a floor-warming system throughout winter nights. Plus, with the herringbone pattern, what’s not to love?

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Want a custom look for your tile floor? Mixing different shapes and sizes of tile to create a ârugâ appearance will give you just that. Or you can have your tile installer cut tiles to custom sizes for an even more unique design. Check out these interesting floor patterns which create a beautiful focal point for the room.[[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”82132″,”attributes”:{“class”:”media-image aligncenter size-full wp-image-2224″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”style”:””,”width”:”560″,”height”:”237″,”title”:”scaled_e1322787151″,”alt”:””}}]]For a fancy look, check out these fabulous terracotta tiles. Although they’re on the pricier end, we canât get enough of them! They are sure to make a statement in any room in your house!

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