Have you ever noticed the backs of the bar counters at some cool cafes and restaurants, or even the cash counters at some cool retail shops? Many use tile, they can withstand a lot of abuse, but can also be used to make a bold statement and really set the design mood of the establishment. Well I’m thinking of going bold for the back of the island at the Farmhaus. You might remember that I’m planning to go black on the cabinets. (You can check out my full mood board here.) But I also want to break up the sea of black with something a bit lighter. I could go with a light colored island, but instead I want to go with something with a greater wow factor like a cool, graphic tiled back. Something like these beauties:
I’ve seen this application used a lot in commercial design, but not so much in residential design. In commercial design you can totally understand why they would want a hard wearing surface like tile to not only inject style, but reinforce a surface that takes a daily beating from customers. sitting at the bar. In a residential context you don’t have the same level of wear and tear, but adding a little extra wow factor never hurt, especially now that I’ve learned how to tile (see here for my first ever tiling job).
Now, to the not so easy task of picking a tile that will set the right tone. I quite like these options:
And so the quest begins. To be continued.