20 Head-Turning Tile Rug Ideas for Your Home

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November 28, 2018

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Mix Marble + Wood

Tile rugs are not limited to spa bathrooms and chef’s kitchens, friends. Bring the same high-style details into your living space or hallway designs, by incorporating hardwood floors. This ultra-glamorous inlaid rug was created using a mix of matte oak floors and luxe, marble insets.

High-Shine Herringbone

Let herringbone lead the way! Create a (stylish!) sense of direction in your home with a herringbone tile rug. Not only does the beloved, broken zig-zag pattern add tons of texture to tile floors, but it creates points that literally usher guests through the entryway, inviting them into the rest of your home.

Ornate Mosaic

All it takes is a lift of a leg or a slash of cabernet to ruin your prized (pricey!) Persian rug. Create an ornate, tile mosaic in your tile floor for the same grand effect, without living in a state of perpetual stress over splashes and spills. This luxurious design is incredibly detailed, boasting swirling foliage and blooms galore.

Petite Persian

Bring interest to your master retreat with mosaic tile inlay, reminiscent of a petite Persian rug. Pro tip: refer to the accent hues used in your bedroom to determine what color tiles to use in your ornate, inlay design.

Highlight Your Assets

Striking and sophisticated - this spa bathroom is our number-one choice for taking a nice, long soak! The creamy Carrara marble floors feature a deco-inspired, dotted inlaid design that serves as a texture-rich path towards the stunning soaking tub. The dots are continued in the shower stall, creating a clean, cohesive final design.

Bold Borders

Feeling a little lost when it comes to all-things flooring? Let this sleek space be your guide. The luxe, lacquered kitchen lays on the drama with a chic, double-stripe border along the room and a bold, black compass rose inlaid in the center.

Create Intimacy

Pearly, herringbone tiles create a stunning surround for this soaking bathtub. A dark, gray subway tile creates a rug-like border around the perimeter of the room, making the spacious spa bath more intimate.

Showcase Your Style

First impressions are lasting impressions, so select your foyer tile design accordingly. Opt for a pattern, color or finish that speaks to your personal style, and reflects the interior design throughout your home. This timeless, mosaic tile marble floor greets guests with an air of grandeur and immediately sets the tone for glamour in the home.

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Custom Couture

Creativity is key to one-of-a-kind, killer design! How fun would this custom, Burberry-inspired tile be for your forever home’s dream closet? Think outside the box and pull prints and pattern inspiration from your all-time favorite fashion accessories to yield a truly customized tile rug design.

Geometric Runner

Bold, geometric black cubes create a permanent runner along the center of this striking, spa master bathroom. The inky tiles add cool contrast against the creamy white floor, create a cozy-factor in the otherwise, airy white space.

Similar Shades

Take notes from this lovely, latte-hued transitional master bathroom when creating an understated and elegant tile rug. Create this effect by selecting mosaic tiles that feature the same, or similar, shades featured in your main flooring. This soft approach ensures you won’t grow tired of the tile accent rug - plus, it eliminates the risk of dated or clashing colors.

Keep it Classic

Classic and captivating - black and white checkerboard tiles are always a divine idea. Use the timeless pattern to create a high-contrast tile inlay for handsome, hardwood floors or black tiling.

Low-Cost, High-Impact

A bright white and deep brown, Spanish tile inlay rug creates an unexpected, playful touch to this transitional entryway. Use similar painted tiles in your entryway for big style, on a small budget.

Whimsical Welcome

Talk about whimsical! Pearly hexagon tile melts into hardwood flooring for a fun, and totally unique alternative to a traditional doormat. Recreate for your foyer, or use this design to (finally!) show your used and abused back door some love.

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Texture-Rich Runner

Small mosaic tiles make a huge statement in this luxurious, gray and white master bathroom. Get the wow-factor and elongate your space by using tiny tiles to create a runner inlay along the center of your bathroom floor.

Mudroom Magic

A tile rug has the power to make even the most mundane space feel stylish and special, and mudrooms are no exception. Use retro, black and white tiles to fashion a bordered, vintage "rug" in your mudroom. We know you’ll love the results because not only is it adorable, but the inlay rug will withstand the inevitable beatings from snowy boots and muddy paws like a champ.

Diamonds are Design's Best Friend

Dramatic and luxurious designs call for equally dramatic and luxurious tile rugs, yes? This stunning, diamond motif fits the bill! The gorgeous black and white tiled rug is accented with inset, stainless steel dots to create a shimmering statement piece for this sleek spa bathroom.

Subtle Accent

Don’t overthink it. Create a striking tile rug in your kitchen or bathroom by adding a border of colored tiles along the perimeter of the room. Select airy, soft hues for a sophisticated and airy design, or opt for a bold black or bright red to turn heads.

Soaking Tub Spotlight

What better what to showcase a free-standing tub than by framing it with a stunning, tile rug mosaic? This gorgeous master bath incorporates chevron-pattern tiles to give a rug-like appearance beneath the sleek, spa soaking tub.

Cost-Effective + Cohesive Design

If you’re already installing new tile on your floor, adding a tile area rug won’t cost you any extra but will go a long way towards bringing you the stylish bathroom of your dreams. Keep your space feeling cohesive and clean by using the same tile mosaic for both the inlay rug, and your shower stall accents.

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