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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Inspiration for Tile Designs


I am always a fan of the slightly out of the norm, and unexpected. That's why, when I design bathrooms, I am always looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. One place I look for inspiration is fabric designs. The way fabric is made (with weft and warp) makes it a great resource for creating patterns for tile.
In the children's bathroom above, I used Gingham fabric as my source, when you study the design it is actually pretty easy to recreate in tile. A bit more complicated, but just as interesting would be a plaid design, or if you are a bit less, ambitious, a stripe would be great too.
I think it would be cool to use the real fabric as the shower curtain, and then recreate the same design in tile....now that will impress your friends!

2 comments:

Anne Carter-Hargrove said...

What a great look - and what a cool idea to combine custom tiles with the actual fabric that inspired them.

A variation on your theme could be to use custom photo tiles with vintage family portraits (maybe like these:
http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/tileml.html)

I'm really enjoying all the ideas from your blog - thanks so much!

Anne Carter-Hargrove
www.cahootsportraits.com

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