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9 Ways That Tile Is The New Wallpaper

08/17/2015 04:57am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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While we're forever fans of lovely wallpaper, we've been noticing a new design trend that's got us reconsidering our four walls: tile.

This versatile material isn't just for the kitchen and bathroom--tile feels right at home in the living room, bedroom and outdoor spaces, too. See our ideas gallery, with tips on how to get the look in a wide-range of materials from cement to mirrors to wood.

Adorn Your Ceiling
A herringbone pattern across a sloping section of a ceiling helps demarcate the dining area/library from the rest of this loft space.

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Create A Fireplace Surround
Geometric patterns reminiscent of the great '70s designer David Hicks look dynamic on the hearth.

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Mix Patterns
Don't stop with a patterned wall--add even more visual interest to a room with a striped rug in coordinating hues.

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And Throw In A Tile Tabletop
Ever see those cool little Midcentury iron-and-tile tables in an antique store? Now Los Angeles-based Plain Air makes new ones to order in your choice of colors. They're suitable for use outdoors and in.

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Consider Unconventional Shapes
Today's tile isn't just the same old grid; these H-shaped tiles from the California-based Fireclay Tile make a great entryway focal point.

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Add Unexpected Texture
What's better than a dramatic, single-hue accent wall? One that's got a bit of sheen to it, like this black-clad ceramic covering by the Los Angeles-based Kismet Tile.

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Clad Walls In Puffiness
The shape of these decorative tiles is based on a ginkgo leaf, and they attach to your wall by Velcro. So you can redo the look of your TV room soundproofing at any time.

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Sleep On It
This groovy bed platform evokes the happy, quirky Memphis design movement of the '80s, which is having an interiors renaissance.

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Don't Think Permanent
Graphic plywood tiles such as these can be mounted using magnets, so they're easy to install and take with you when you move.

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