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A shower decked out with Il Monile's scalloped Byzantina Shapes in sea glaze (starting at $119 per square foot)
When Deborah Osburn began her career as a tile designer back in the '80s, the trends (or lack thereof) were pretty snoozy. Square white or almond-hued accent panels were the status quo around these parts.
Cut to present day and take a look at Clé, Osburn's year-old website and online store dedicated to gorgeous tiling. There you can find Ruan Hoffmann?s whimsical creations (check out his vivid new hand-lithographed line), Il Monile?s scallop-shaped metallic ceramics and authentic Moroccan tiles, as well as gorgeous creations from Osburn's own prolific collections.
Since Osburn is quite the tile aficionado, we asked her to share the latest trends she?s noticed around the Bay Area. She informed us that glazed brick is the new subway tile (ideal for the kitchen or bathroom) and metallic porcelain tiles are one of the best deals in town. The look mimics oxidized copper, but without the usual costly maintenance issues that come with actual metal as it ages.
Consider covering larger surfaces (not just backsplashes) such as range hoods, tub skirts, kitchen islands--even entire walls and rooms like this. And carry an interior pattern out to an exterior space (say, onto a terrace or garden wall).
The takeaway? Don?t be timid with tile. As Osburn recently said to a client, ?Cover the whole wall, lady!?
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