Keep a tile floor from trending towards boring by adding what designers call a “rug.” Not a real rug but a tile rug. We do this in kitchens, bathrooms, entrance halls or even an outdoor patio, any spot there is a large expanse of tile is a great opportunity for a tile rug.
First lets define the parts:
- Field Tile: the majority or plainer the of tile used on the floor starting with the exterior of the rug.
- Border Tile: smaller decorative or non-decorative tiles used to create a boarder. These can be mosaic, linear or shaped, in glass, ceramic, wood, metal, stone, cement or other tile materials.
- Rug Tile: highly patterned decorative floor tile or mosiacs used as the interior of a tile rug.
Types of tile rugs
Easiest – Edge Border
A border is simply creating an inset of border tile into regular field tile as an edge to mimic the shape of a rug. Borders can be as narrow as a couple of inches of tile or as wide as a foot, depending on the scale of the room. In most cases we are talking inches. A minimum of 3″ to a foot from the outer edge of the wall is good, provided you have at least two feet or more in the center. In this case the rug tile is also the field tile though it may vary in shape or alignment. Think of placement just like you would a regular throw rug or to highlight the shape of the room.
Simple to Highly Complex – Border With Design
This is the same boarder tile as above with the infill of the rug having a design using boarder tile interspersed with the same field tile as the main floor tile.
Moderate to Complex – Faux Rug
When creating a faux rug, the rug is made up of a contrasting super simple or distinctly patterned decorative rug tiles. You can fine certain decorative floor tiles which are even made to mimic the fringe on the edge of a real throw rug. A tiled faux rug can be as detailed as an oriental rug or as simple as using a patterned floor tile surrounded by a plain tile boarder inset into simple field tile.
Why Use A Tile Rug
- Visual interest to an other wise large boring floor
- Breaks up the monotony of using the same tile over and over
- Less expensive than using decorative tile on the whole floor.
Tile rugs are especially great if you’ve found a beautiful patterned tile you just love but doing the entire floor would be too much visually or from a cost perspective. A tile rug in the middle of a tile floor can make a stunning design statement.
Tile rugs can be easy or complex depending on the tile used. You can mix and match tile materials for stick with one material and vary the pattern and colors. Our friends at Avente Tile (yes they ship) are pros at creating stunning tile rugs with gorgeous patterned cement tiles, a few are shown above. Check out Avente Tile more more tile tips including how to create a tile rug design.
Next time you are planning a tile floor remember don’t throw a rug, tile one!