4 Tips for Using Tile Design in Your Home From a Sausalito Designer

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After designing thousands of tile and stone projects in her 27-year career, Alissandre Haas opened Tile Fever in her hometown of Sausalito in 2020, a boutique studio showcasing artisan tile and natural stone. “The larger tile companies continue to import mass-produced, machine-style tile in overly predictable colors and sizes,” Haas says. “But I see a new movement in demand for handmade artisan tile and natural stone with texture and body — this is where Tile Fever thrives.”

Here, Haas shares four top tile design trends and tips.

Embrace the Unexpected

Get creative with patterns, shapes and natural stone texture. “Materials with natural variation, texture and body are replacing the typical expected, “safe” porcelain tile,” Haas says.

Take Inspiration from Nature

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“We’re noticing clients are wanting to choose a color palette that matches our beautiful Marin landscape,” Haas says. “Green is trending this year. It makes us feel close to nature.”

Make a Statement on a Budget

When cost seems like an obstacle, find a creative design solution that still makes an impact. “If you find a tile you love that is out of your budget, find a way to use it in a smaller, more visible place in the room,” Haas says.

Use Tile in New Ways

Tile Fever

We usually think of using tile in bathrooms and kitchens, but there are so many other areas of the home where it provides an eye-catching accent. “The entry or mudroom area is a great place to add a pop of interest with a tile pattern like a checkerboard or with natural stone cut into a shape,” Haas explains.

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