Transform It with Tile
By Valerie Ryan
Published: 09/10/2009  Updated: 08/14/2019
Custom tile projects often include combinations of colors and textures, for instance, a pattern of mosaic tumblestone, slate or other natural stone with colored tiles.
Custom tile projects often include combinations of colors and textures, for instance, a pattern of mosaic tumblestone, slate or other natural stone with colored tiles.  Daltile Passaggio

Is there an area of your home that is crying out for a little TLC? A decorative tile project can be just the thing to dress up a small area, creating a focal point in the room.

Custom tiling creates a big impact in a very small space. Maybe you want a fancy backsplash in the kitchen or bath, or an accent wall behind your stove. Maybe you don't really know what you want yet; only that there's a blank spot that could use attention. With all the gorgeous tiles available today it isn't hard to find exactly the right one to make that blank spot shine.

The best place to start is with an expert in the field. Many tile suppliers have ­in-house designers ready to offer advice. Randall Lee's in Gearhart carries a wide selection of tile supplies and design ­expert Deborah Lee can help guide you in ­choosing the right style for your home. "Don't use rough textures as a stove wall backsplash - it's too hard to clean," said Lee. "We have gorgeous glass tiles that make a spectacular display," she added, "some glass tiles out now are iridescent, making them especially beautiful and ­different from ordinary opaque tiles."

Tile experts can also help with advice about installation techniques. Laura Swanson from Rosenberg Builder Supply in Tillamook stresses the importance of properly preparing for your project. ­"Surface preparation is very ­important. There must be a stable surface for ­placing the tiles." Choosing the right product is also very important with a tile project. "We are always updating our ­inventory," said Swanson, "so if you don't see ­something you want, we have resources for special ordering a wide variety of products."

Carpet One & Lighting Too in Newport can also help with design and ­installation on your tile project. Consultant Deborah Vanlandingham advises tile customers to be sure and consider how your very ­special, unique piece, used as a focal point, will ­interact with the rest of the room. ­According to Vanlandingham, custom tile projects often include ­combinations, such as mosaic tumblestone, slate, ­natural stone and a color, blending textures in small pieces to maximize visual impact. "If you have a wall," she said, "tile is ­do-able, with the right material and ­installation."

Once you have decided what you're going to do, enjoy the process then stand back and appreciate the originality and versatility of using tile to beautify your home.
Transform It with Tile