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10 Tile Lessons from Chic Cafes


Oh how destinations inspire me, I dream of being in a new and unique place or browsing online. I love dining establishments that use tile in a dramatic way, I pin all the ideas for future renovations and bookmark them to refer back to when renovating a kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor space.

I got lost online again researching some beautiful tile installations from boutique cafes and resort restaurants around the world. Below I’ve highlighted ten enticing designs that might inspire you too, with images paired with my brief takeaways.

1. Install earth tone tiles floor to ceiling behind rustic open shelving.

Four Seasons Mexico taqueria

2. Make a statement on your patio with colorful patterned tiles.

Hotel Tiki Tiki

3. Create a bold colorful pattern with basic geometric tiles.

Lost Palm, Lexington Kentucky

4. Choose a cheerful color instead of a neutral tile for your bar or peninsula.

Little Palm Bar, Charleston

5. Create a focal point inside an arched niche with an eye-catching pattern.

Sand interior

6. Combine two contrasting colors to create a unique border and stripe motif.

Motel Molly

7. Make an impression with a dramatic wall covered in dimensional tile.

Menorca is experimental

8. Add rectangle and square tiles of the same color and install them in a varied vertical stack formation.

Pine Nut Cafe, Salt House

9. Add earth tone jelly tiles to one wall in a wainscot style, displaying art above.

Una Mas, New South Wales

10. Go bold with a medley of colorful diamond-shaped tiles in a custom mosaic.

Strawberry Moon, Miami, Florida

When I travel I am inspired by creative tile installations, especially when bars or restaurants take risks, it adds to the atmosphere and enhances the experience!

You may also like these destination design articles from the archives:

Riads of Morocco/Napa and Sonoma

Tulum and the Maya Riviera / Amalfi Coast



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