A few years ago I was lucky enough to talk with Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola at Cersaie, Italian's largest tile convention in Bologna. She was launching a new line of tiles for Mutina and suggested using them as a headboard behind a bed. I totally forgot about the concept until I saw the photo below running amok on Pinterest and realized it was not a bad idea after all. It got me looking for other unexpected uses of tile. Here's a roundup.

tiled headboard

Above: A tiled wall serves as a headboard in this Italian house via Dezeen.

Paola Navone

Above: A loft designed by Paola Navone with her own hexagonal tile design that sits atop the wooden floor like a carpet. Photograph by Wichmann + Bendtsen via Dwell.

Above: A coffee table clad in Delft tiles in a Brazilian apartment by Ar Arquitetos.

TIled table

Above: The dining room of Portuguese hotel Casa do Conto features modern steel tables inlaid with traditional Portuguese tile.

Tiled mantelpeice

Above: Inax woven tiles that extend to the ceiling on a mantelpiece in a Melbourne apartment. Photograph by Sharyn Cairns for Home Life.

Made a Mano  

Above: A built-in stucco bench with a tiled seat from Made a Mano.

Tiled Kitchen Shelf Niche Remodelista

Above: A tiled shelving niche via La Maison de Anna G.

Popham Tiles

Above: A wall of Popham Tiles doubles as a headboard.

wood and tile floorl

Above: A tiled French bathroom floor that seamlessly integrates with the adjoining wood floor marking the transition from the wet bathroom area to dry floor. Photograph via April and May.

Navajo collection

Above: A bench and wall tiled in Navajo pattern by UK designer Neisha Crosland for De Ferranti.

Kismet tile

Above: A patio seating area made from hexagonal shapes from Kismet Tile.

See our post on Patchwork Tiles for more inspiration.


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