Patchwork Tiles: 11 Mix-and-Match Ideas by

Issue 31 · Patterns and Prints · August 4, 2014

Patchwork Tiles: 11 Mix-and-Match Ideas

Issue 31 · Patterns and Prints · August 4, 2014

If the idea of white subway tile seems a tad predictable, patchwork tiles take the material to a whole new level with mix-and-match patterns and colors. Europeans have long mixed tile patterns, and now the ability to use inkjet technology on porcelain tiles allows for more detailed patterns and designs. Read on for ideas and sourcing.

Purpura Colorful Tiled Kitchen Backsplash | Remodelista

Above: A backsplash made of handmade cement mosaic tile from Purpura.

Made a Mano Patchwork Tiled Backsplash | Remodelista

Above: A kitchen backsplash of Made a Mano tiles from Copenhagen; shown here, their Novecento line of lava stone tiles.

Made a Mano Patchwork Tiled Backsplash | Remodelista

Above: A backsplash created from Made a Mano tiles in a blue palette.

Purpura Colorful Tiled Kitchen Floors | Remodelista

Above: A colorful floor configuration in a kitchen; you can source similar tiles from Exquisite Surfaces. Photograph via Indulgy.

  Mismatched Tiles Dutch Kitchen/Remodelista

Above: Colorful patchwork tiles in a Dutch kitchen. Photograph via Eenig Wonen

Black and white tiles kitchen: Remodelista

Above: Black-and-white mix-and-match tiles provides contrast in an otherwise all-white kitchen. Clé offer a collection of Moroccan Handmade Encaustic TIles in black, white, and gray patterns. Photograph via Mechant Design.

Made a Mano tiles: Remodelista

Above: Mix-and-match kept simple: Horizontal tiles from Made a Mano form a striped backsplash.

Tegels Keuken Patroon Mismatched Tile/Remodelista

Above: A blue and white backsplash from Odyssey's Blue Tapestry Collection.

Tiled Floors at Maritim Barcelona | Remodelista

Above: The blue-tiled floor of the restaurant Maritim Barcelona features a mix of patterns. Granada Tile, in Los Angeles, offers a selection of graphic blue-and-white cement designs in their Echo Tile collection.

Pattern Tiled Floors in the Home of Paola Navone | Remodelista

Above: A villa in Umbria designed by Paola Navone features a mix of her own Moroccan tiles for Carocim. Photograph by Wichmann & Bendtsen for Dwell.

Azulej- Patchwork tiles: Remodelista

Above: Milan-based Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola mixes patterns, forms, and shapes in her Azulej Tiles collection for Mutina. Photograph via Azure Magazine.

Thinking of ways to introduce tile at home? Have a look at all of our Tile posts, including 10 Unexpected Uses for Tile. Love the look of patchwork? Check out DIY: 10 Patchwork Curtains Made from Vintage Linens.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 22, 2013, as part of our Color Therapy week.

And don't forget: Voting ends Saturday, August 8, for the 2014 Considered Design Awards! You can vote once a day for the finalists on Gardenista and Remodelista. We're announcing the winners on August 9. 

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