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When you are in the middle of replacing your bathroom tile or trying to refinish your flooring, your number one goal might be creating a beautiful area. Unfortunately, if you forget about safety, you might end up sitting in a doctor's office or hospital instead of getting in there and helping out. Equipment like tile saws, drill presses, and adhesives might not seem that intimidating, but construction work includes some inherent dangers. I want you to understand how to work on your home safely and effectively, which is why I made this blog. Read here to learn how you can make our worksite a little more family-friendly.

Working On Your Home Safely

Inspire Your Next Tile Project With These Five Exciting Ideas

by Jessica Mccoy

When most people think of tiles, they think of ceramic tiles in geometric shapes, but traditional ceramic tiles only represent the tip of the tile iceberg. Tiles feature countless types, materials, shapes and design possibilities. If you are thinking about adding tile to your home but want something a little bit different than the norm, take a look at these inspiring ideas. They will help you imagine what is possible in the world of tile:

1. Mother-of-Pearl Tile

Commonly used in artwork, mother-of-pearl tile can be integrated into your home as well. So named because they are coated with the inner layer of shiny material found in an oyster shell, mother-of-pearl tiles feature the distinctive white, golden and creamy colors associated with pearls, but you can also get mother-of-pearl tiles in dark shades of brown and blue.

Whether you are tiling a bathroom, a kitchen backsplash or a formal foyer, mother-of-pearl tiles are great to consider. However, these tiles tend to be more delicate than most tiles, and for that reason, you should hire a tile specialist or contractor to install them rather than just a handyman.

2. Tile Imitating Other Materials

If mother-of-pearl or any other popular tile materials don't appeal to you, do not worry. You can find tile that imitates almost any material ranging from wood to brick to marble. Imitation tile attracts homeowners for several reasons, including its affordability and its versatility.

If you are pining for marble but cannot afford it, simply head to the tile store and pick up some imitation marble tile. Similarly, if you want a wood floor in your bathroom or kitchen but don't want to risk water damage, you can use imitation wood tile.

Even in cases where you want a floor that looks like reclaimed barn wood but don't want to scour the country for actual barn wood or deal with possible splinters, you can find tile that imitates reclaimed wood.

3. Tile Mosaics

In other cases, rather than creating beauty with tile that imitates another material, tile artists work to create beauty through mosaics. Using any tile that appeals to you, you can create anything from a wall sized piece of art to an exciting arrangement of tiles on your bathroom floor.

You could even tile the entire wall in the bathroom above your sinks and vanity. You could use the tiles to make fun shapes like hearts or fish, and you could even make novelty mirrors using mirrored tiles.

4. Interlocking Tiles

Whether you are using imitation wood tile or small ceramic tiles to make a mosaic, in most cases, you can clearly see the boundaries between each tile. However, clear-cut boundaries between each tile is not a given. In some cases, you can get interlocking tiles with unique designs.

For example, if you want to create the look of a stone or pebble floor, there are interlocking tiles that make your floor look almost seamlessly like the bottom of a river bed. Talk with a tile salesperson about these types of tiles and how to integrate them into your home.

5. Carpet Tiles

Finally, it is important to note that not all tiles need to be hard surfaces. If you like, you can also get tile carpeting. Tile carpet offers several advantages. You can easily create area rugs by piecing together pieces of carpet tile, and you can also create unique designs across an entire room using carpet tiles.

Secondly, if a piece of your tile carpet becomes damaged or stained, you can easily replace it without having to redo the entire room – that is an advantage that you just won't find with wall-to-wall carpeting.

For more inspiring ideas, visit a local tile store.