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Decorative Tile

Ever since I returned from my trip to Portugal, I have been obsessed with decorative tile.  There are so many amazing options that range in budget – prices run from $3 to $10 per square foot.  They can be used in a big way – like an entire floor or for smaller areas like a back-splash or a portion of a back-splash to make a statement.  They can also be used to highlight a single wall or create a small floor pattern.  If you live in a humid area, then tile is a great mildew resistant option, which is another reason that it is so perfect for high moisture areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Below are centuries old tiles that I photographed during my trip to Portugal:

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For inspiration, here are some examples of decorative tile patterns from http://www.ziatile.com:

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From left to right:

Geometric: Cordoba, Jacinto, Sevilla

Traditional: Saigon, Churchill, Toledo

Modern: Orbital, Nova, Volta