Tiles are not just for the bathroom

Ceramic tile has held a hallowed place in bathroom renovations for
generations. Durable, easy to clean, and available in a wide range of colour,
format and design, tile just makes sense in a bath. But some enterprising designers
and homeowners are finding a new spot in the home where tile not only works
well, but can take centre stage – the master bedroom.

Homeowners are choosing to
incorporate ceramic tiles into master bedrooms for many of the same reasons the
material has been popular in bathrooms and kitchens:

Tile is more durable than other
materials, lasting up to four times longer than carpet or wood. Unlike wood, it
will never need refinishing, re-staining or sanding. It holds its lustre better
than vinyl, and requires no special chemical treatments, the way many natural
stone products do. Because of this easy maintenance and durability, consumers
can realize lower costs over the life of the product.

It’s naturally hypoallergenic and
releases no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere. It doesn’t
collect dust, dust mites, pet dander or other irritants and microbes.

Tile is readily available in a wide
range of colours, sizes, shapes and design themes. In fact, you can now find
ceramic tile that even mimics the look of other popular, more costly or less
durable materials like wood, glass or even metal.

To create a headboard

Fabric, wood or metal headboards
can make a powerful design statement, and solidify a bed’s stance as the
centrepiece of a room. Ceramic tile, now available in large formats and in
designs that mimic the look of other materials, is a sensible, cost-effective
and healthier alternative to some popular headboard materials. Creating a
fabric headboard, for example, can be a costly, time-consuming process, yet you
can get virtually the same look with ceramic tile made to look like fabric. And
this is fabric that won’t harbour germs and microbes.

General design touches

If you love the look of
wainscoting, wood panelling or bead board, but prefer a more durable, hypoallergenic
material, ceramic tile can offer the same look without the disadvantages of
wood decorator touches. Several manufacturers produce tiles that look like wood
design elements.

Extending the life of a paint job

Paint is one of the easiest things
to change in a room and can be one of the most difficult to clean and preserve.
One way to extend the life of a paint job is to tile walls to the level of the
chair rail – the portion of the walls that gets the most exposure to unsightly
dirt, dings and scuffs. While some paints may require special cleaning solvents
to remove dirt without damaging the finish, tile requires nothing more than hot
water and some elbow grease.

Creating cohesion between rooms

In master suites with large, open
floor plans, using tile in the bedroom portion of the suite can help create a
seamless transition between the sleeping and bathing areas. Or, it can help
create cohesion between indoor and outdoor spaces – tile is one of the few
interior design materials that can flow from inside to out.

Achieving a look

With added durability

You may love the look of hardwood,
but know that wood doesn’t hold up well in rooms where it’s exposed to a lot of
moisture on a daily basis – such as in a bathroom – or to a lot of wear and
tear, such as in a bedroom. While wood that’s exposed to water will eventually
warp and wear, ceramic tile designed to look like prized hardwoods will stand
up to moisture and water – even if the bathtub overflows. And ceramic tile that
looks like wood will never develop the “worn path” appearance of wood that
bears heavy foot traffic.

When it comes to interior design,
sometimes the unexpected makes perfect sense – such as finding creative ways to
use ceramic tile in the master bedroom.

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