6 Ways Tile Can Maximize Your Visual Space
Embarking on a new remodel can be a challenge when you don’t feel like you have a lot of space in which to maneuver. But never fear! At Susan Jablon, we can help you create visual space without knocking down walls. Here are 6 ways that using tile can maximize your visual space!   1.    Tile Orientation Creating the illusion of vertical movement can make a space seem larger than it is, and there are a few ways you can use mosaic tile to achieve this effect. For a relatively small installation, like a kitchen backsplash, try using subway tile flipped vertically. If you have enough ceiling height but a narrow width, using long subway tiles horizontally can “stretch” a space from side to side. If your goals involve a larger installation that may cover an entire wall or portion of a room, using stripes or panels of tile in the same direction can create vertical or horizontal movement on a larger scale. 2. Using Tiles as an Accent Believe it or not, you can use dark or saturated colors to increase visual space! You just have to be selective. Installing colorful tiles in a recessed space, like the niche in a shower, can make the recessed area appear further away. You can use this same method with a mosaic kitchen backsplash if the area around the backsplash is comprised of lighter colors. You can also apply an accent wall of tile in an adjoining room or hallway next to the room that you want to feel bigger. In this case, the door or other entryway into the adjoining room or hallway is the “frame” for the recessed space you’re creating with the tiles. 3. Using Tiles to Reflect Light A dark area can feel smaller than it really is, and adding light can make a big difference in how a room feels. You don’t have to stop at installing new light fixtures (although that can certainly help); mosaic tiles come in many styles that reflect light, resulting in a space that is brighter and feels bigger. At Susan Jablon Mosaics, our stock includes iridescent tiles, glossy tiles, glitter glass tiles, mirror tiles, metallic tiles, and dichroic tiles--all of which can have a stunning impact on the perception of your space! Does this mean you should avoid matte frosted tiles at all cost? Not necessarily. A frosted tile has an opaque, mysterious look that can be more calming than a glossy or reflective tile. Using frosted tiles and sea glass tiles selectively in light colors is one way to open up a space while retaining a soothing atmosphere. 4. Light-Colored Tiles This is a tip that many people are familiar with when it comes to increasing visual space: use light colors! Mosaic tiles can retain a more interesting texture and effect than a coat of paint. Plus, you can mix other tiles for flashes of color or iridescence that can be hard to pull off with a paint brush! In this stunning kitchen, the mix of frosted and glossy white linear glass tiles give this single color design an interesting multi-dimensional look. 5. Tiles that Match Your Color Palette This kitchen backsplash installation uses a combination of the tips mentioned above. These three-dimensional milk glass tiles curve outwards and reflect the light, and have a cool blue-tinted white that blends in perfectly with the glossy white and gray colors of the kitchen’s palette. Keeping your color choices “constrained” can help make a space feel put-together and intentional. Keeping your design simple can keep visual clutter from making your kitchen or other room feel smaller than you’d like. 6. Floors and Ceilings! As with accents, using tiles on your floor or ceiling can make that part of the room appear to “recede,” so your space feels bigger! Dark colors can work for this as well, but this ceiling installation uses reflective iridescent mother of pearl tiles that take advantage of the nearby natural light source.
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