Tile is one of the most versatile materials designers can work with—and it can also be among the most vibrant. Take a look at these inspiring spaces that were designed by the best interior designers using colorful tile design! Just looking at these projects cheers you up!
Mercado Little Spain by Juli Capella
Mercado Little Spain is the sprawling culinary tribute to tapas king and celebrity chef José Andrés and it consists of three full-service restaurants, 15 dining and retail kiosks, and two dedicated modern interior design bars. Just as with the food, the interior—bursting with artwork, custom murals, materials, and furnishings—presents a taste of Spain to a New York audience – some bar design ideas for you!
Voyages by Alain Ducasse
In the Morpheus hotel in Macau, a curving corridor to the north leads to Voyages by Alain Ducasse, its entrance anchored by a massive circular bar of heavily veined marble with a glittering armada of backlit bottles arrayed on stainless-steel shelves. In the dining room, a wall-size panel in tangerine displays an installation of 100 tiles printed with delightfully playful food drawings by French illustrator Léa Maupetit, interspersed with brief recipes and notes handwritten on the tiles by Ducasse – for inspiring bar design ideas!
Commissary by Jorge Pardo
When Headington Companies, fresh off the success of Forty Five Ten and the Joule Hotel, asked Jorge Pardo to do something with a drab brown brick-and-concrete building in downtown Dallas, he wanted to take his time. “I took a color inventory of the center of the city,” he says. “It’s kind of gray, so I thought it would be interesting to have something that reflects the sky and is a break with the architecture.” He then found ceramic tiles made in Guadalajara that could withstand the Texas climate. The result is Commissary, a five-story market and espresso bar covered, inside and out, in a vibrant combination of more than 27,000 blue and white tiles.
Shanghai Eatery Icha Chateau by Edward Tan and Foo Chit Kyan
When deciding on a name for the firm they were founding in 2014, designers Edward Tan, now 31, and Foo Chit Kyan, 40, went with Spacemen. They are always thinking about space, after all. But the futuristic reference also links to the firm’s aesthetic: bold and experiential, particularly apparent in the studio’s hospitality projects. One such is Icha Chateau, a Western fusion restaurant and teahouse in Shanghai.
Modern Residence by Kingston Lafferty Design
To create the interiors for the largest of several conversions at landmarked country estate Bolton Hall near Dublin—the two-story, 3,000-square-foot Coach House—real estate developer Homeland hired Kingston Lafferty Design, a Dublin firm founded by Róisín Lafferty, who had previously worked on one of the development’s townhouses. Lafferty brought her love of tile to the project. “People think of it as cold and hard, for bathrooms and kitchens only,” she says. “But I like it in living and dining spaces and even in bedrooms.” In fact, she’s used it in various forms all over the house, from solid and decorative Moroccan tiles made in the traditional way to contemporary geometrics that recall the groundbreaking ceramics of Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti.
Apartment by MuseLAB
A young couple about to start a family had also just bought an apartment in Mumbai’s seaside Worli neighborhood—when the past came flooding back in the form of memories of a childhood apartment full of Art Deco objects and terrazzo tiles. The couple called their friends at MuseLAB with the idea of bringing the past into their present, 1,250-square-foot home. Tile from Bharat Flooring, says MuseLAB principal Huzefa Rangwala, “was our central element.”
French Apartment by Nous Studio
Skilled local artisans were recruited to form a cohesive construction team—and design plan that emphasized tile pattern. Lengths of molding crisscross the ceiling of the asymmetrical, pentagonal living room to define subtle triangles. Much splashier are the powder room’s feature wall, a trompe l’oeil cube composition incorporating mirror.
Madison Marquette’s headquarters by Perkins + Will
Real-estate developer Madison Marquette’s new headquarters at the Wharf in Washington, D.C., designed by Perkins + Will, purposefully blurs the traditional lines between living, work, and leisure. Most of the 17,800-square-foot workplace operates on the show-don’t-tell principle, borrowing odd angles for phone rooms, embedding device chargers in terrazzo counters, and combining textures and finishes such as bright blue tiles in the kitchen, befitting a luxury hotel.
Perry Lane Hotel by AvroKO
From a distance, it looks like it’s been there for a century. But in reality, the Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah, Georgia, is a new ground-up structure. Its interiors, however, conjure a bygone era, yet still feel fresh and modern – just take a look at those colorful floor tiles! That’s the work of AvroKO principals Greg Bradshaw, Adam Farmerie, William Harris, and Kristina O’Neal, who immersed themselves in Savannah, even invented a muse to guide the project, their first in the Hostess City. How about these bar design ideas for your project?
Now take a look at these inspiring bathroom design ideas that focus on different kind of tile patterns!
Harmonious shades of green
Create a subtle geometric effect on your bathroom wall by paring jade-green tiles with pale blue.
Navy and white motif
Navy and white is a classic color pairing that makes a statement, while still harmonizing with neutral colors.
Soft, warm pastels
These pale tiles, in shades of pink and blue, pick up the mellow, relaxed mood in this sauna-equipped bathroom.
Vivid multi-colored graphics
Perfect for any art enthusiast, a quirky paint splatter wall meets classic striped tiles for the ultimate pattern clash.
Ocean Ombre Accent Wall
This blue-green shower shimmer tile is the perfect dose of understated glamour.
Yellow floor mosaic
Bold bathroom floors are not for the design shy, but they are definitely worth the risk.
Blue retro cubism
Go retro with this Cubist-inspired cement tile design.
Red and burnt orange stripes
Color-block with fiery tones for a fun yet sophisticated bathroom design ideas.
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