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 resistent option, which is another reason that it is perfect for high moisture areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Below are centuries old tiles that I photographed during my trip to Portugal:
For inspiration, here are some samples of decorative tile patterns from http://www.ziatile.com:
From left to right:
Geometric: Cordoba, Jacinto, Sevilla
Traditional: Saigon, Churchill, Toledo
Modern: Orbital, Nova, Volta