It would be hard to keep from smiling in this cheery kitchen, and the crisp green color is only one of the reasons. There's also the fact that cleanup is always easy when so many surfaces are covered with ceramic tile. Regular use of a sealant keeps the grout stain-resistant, too.
The warm colors in this kitchen reflect the sunshine of the Mediterranean, the hills rising above the sea and its famous resort beaches. All you need is wine and cheese. Photo courtesy of Ceramic Tiles of Italy
This breakfast bar will keep its good looks for years to come, thanks to the tiled front and top. The shades of brown give the kitchen a sense of both earthiness and sophistication, while the easy-to-clean tile helps protect the front of the bar from muddy feet swinging from the stools. Photo courtesy of Ceramic Tiles of Italy
European Country Cheer
This kitchen has both a retro feel and country warmth. The clean, clear colors keep the space bright, while the cherry-design accent tiles echo patterns found on vintage tablecloths. Photo courtesy of Ceramic Tiles of Italy
Bold, Blue and Textural
The hexagonal glass tiles on this countertop provide a jolt of color as well as rich texture. Such a bright color might be overwhelming if it's used in an entire kitchen, but it makes a terrific accent on a single surface.
Muted Colors With Lots of Flair
Usually found in bright colors or stark black and white, this harlequin pattern in gray and yellow still makes quite a statement while retaining classic elegance. The tile-setter used gray grout to further soften the look of both the backsplash and the solid gray countertop.
Drama in Black and White
Although black and white are the only two colors used in this mosaic backsplash, no one can call it boring or predictable. The small size of the tiles permits detailed patterns to suit even the most fanciful design, making this wall both practical and dramatic. Photo courtesy of Ceramic Tiles of Italy
Multi-Toned and Crisp
Even though the colors of these tiles are closely related, they provide a strong pattern that visually widens the walls in this bathroom and echoes the colors of the outdoors. The use of small mosaic tile instead of larger ones adds texture to the walls, keeping the colors from overwhelming the space. Photo courtesy of Ceramic Tiles of Italy
Calming, Spa-Like Bath
The solid soft-blue tiles on these walls create a serene mood, while the yellow in the accent tile provides a punch of sunshine to the otherwise cool-toned bathroom. The use of square tile throughout the space sets off the spare design of the vanity and sink, and the neutral tone of the floor provides a foundation for the colorful walls. Photo courtesy of Ceramic Tiles of Italy