3 Ingenious Uses for Peel-and-Stick Tiles

Put DIY on your to-do list. These re-positionable tiles have loads of project potential.

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Are you a renter who wants to bump up the style of your apartment without making permanent changes, or a homeowner that isn’t DIY savvy? Would you believe you can customize your home fearlessly, even when it comes to seemingly tricky updates like tile?

If the idea of messing with grout makes you want to hide in a corner, consider trendy peel-and-stick tiles, like SmartTiles, as an option for classing up your home in multiple ways with minimal commitment and effort.

You can find SmartTiles through a variety of retailers, and they’re available in many color options and styles. These tiles are re-positionable and forgiving while you are installing them, but are also very secure once you get them in place and press down firmly.

They’re a great option for renters or non-tilers because they’re a snap to install, and easy to remove without damaging your walls.

All you’ll need for installing peel-and-stick tiles is a cutting mat, an X-Acto knife, and a ruler. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. (SmartTiles offers handy video tutorials and a pdf instruction booklet.) All you do is measure, cut, peel, and stick. It’s that simple!

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Try using peel-and-stick tiles in these three ingenious ways to make your home classier in a single afternoon.

Make your fireplace a focal point

Builder-grade fireplaces in older homes can be unattractive. They’re often covered in unsightly, outdated tiles, or are even just surrounded with bare painted walls.

Make your fireplace the focal point of your living room in just minutes by adding peel-and-stick tiles to your fireplace surround. They’ll stick to any painted or previously tiled surface. Just make sure not to place them on any areas that will get really hot, as these tiles aren’t graded for intense temperatures.

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Bump up your backsplash game

If you have an ugly backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom, it can really drag your style down. But with peel-and-stick tiles, you can give your kitchen a complete makeover without ever touching a bucket of grout or a tile saw.

Simply cut the peel-and-stick tiles to fit around outlets, and press to stick. Your space will have a whole new look without the astronomical costs that normally come with a kitchen or bathroom reno.

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Make furniture feel custom

You can even make your furniture appear custom and expensive with peel-and-stick tiles. Try filling in cabinet panels or lining the edge of a coffee table for an instantly posh look. Wrap boring boxy table legs or even cover a picture frame with peel-and-stick tiles to show off your favorite snap.

The sky’s the limit for using these versatile tiles to customize your furniture and home decor pieces.

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So if you’re looking for a quick and easy (and temporary) way to embellish your home, check out peel-and-stick tiles. You can update your space in mere minutes — without all the hassle.

Posted by Erica Sooter on Zillow

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Blending In: How to Bring Tile and Stone Into a Room

Mixing materials such as limestone, granite, marble and patterned tiles creates a rich array of textures.

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A quick visual scan of most kitchens and bathrooms will revel a variety of material cues. Elements such as stainless steel appliances, crystal glassware, copper pots, hardwood floors and brushed nickel faucets all blend to create the overall look of a space. Bringing tile, stone and mixed material surfacing into a room helps tie it all together to create the ultimate in eclectic decor.

Mixed mosaic collections

Check out some of the new mosaic collections. Manufacturers have responded to the blend trend by playing the role of master mixer. A wide variety of mesh-mounted mosaics combine the glamour of glass, stone, metal and even cut crystal.

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Unify with color

The goal in interior design is to create interest and harmony. No one material should compete with another for attention. Use color to unify design elements.

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Whether you’re combining glass, ceramic, Corian or concrete, all of these products come in a vast array of colors. By selecting similar colors, you’ll create a seamless look.

Choose a theme

A recent trend in tile this year is architectural and archaeological references. Everything from Moroccan motifs to Portuguese prints to Chinese chinoiserie can be found in tile form.

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Like the old Italian cooking adage, “What grows together, goes together,” the same holds true for historical highlights. If you select materials that relate to the same genre, you’ll be able to blend successfully.

Pair timeless classics with modern originals

Marble is making a big comeback. But instead of using it head to toe, designers are playing on the colors and textures of this natural stone to pair it with modern elements like glass and metal. Accessorize with a freeform stone sink or a sleek faucet and you’ll have the perfect mix of modern and classic.

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Complement varied textures

Design with depth. Look at the layers that compose your space. Rooms like kitchens and baths are very tactile. You touch the faucets, wipe down the countertops and walk barefoot on the floor. If everything were polished to the perfect shine there wouldn’t be much interest.

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But when you blend in textures like tumbled stone, weathered metal or wood grain tile you not only create a cohesive look, but also a space that longs to be lived in and touched.

This article was published by Anna Marie Fanelli on Zillow Blog.