The prison-gray tiles that cover our apartment’s bathroom are the bane of my existence. More than our slanted floors or oddly cut-up rooms, those tiles torture me on a daily basis (they make every color look depressing). If we owned our apartment, I would have ripped them out long ago, but we’re renting, so as nutty as I am about house things, it’s not worth the hassle. But a girl can still dream, right? Today I thought I’d share my favorite go-to resources for amazing tiles. Over the past six years I’ve been helping readers pick out tiles for their kitchens, bathrooms and floors (and it’s been so fun to live vicariously through them) so these are tiles and companies they’ve trusted, and confirmed, are worth the investment. There are great new tile studios starting all the time, so if you have a favorite (or know of a new one) please feel free to share it in the comments section below. Happy tiling! xo, grace
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- Popham Tiles: My favorite tiles on the market. Hands down. Their lantern and zigzag patterns are like art for your floors and walls. That’s their work in the image above.
- Ann Sacks: Ann Sacks penny tile is one of my favorite tile styles around. You can make amazing patterns with it, or just enjoy its cheerful round shape. Ann Sacks’ colorful collaboration with designer Angela Adams is a favorite, as well.
- Habitus Architectural Finishes: Habitus makes an amazing line of cork mosaic tiles (made from the refuse produced by cork bottle stopper factories) that are available in natural cork colors or a wide range of custom colors.
- Heath Ceramics: Heath’s collection of handmade tiles is perfection. Their rich, earthy-colored glazes are stunning and I love their “Dimensional” collection tiles with raised patterns. Be sure to check out their Overstock and “Seconds” collections for discounts and their collaboration with Dwell for new patterns.
- Filmore Clark: Filmore Clark’s tiles are so detailed they remind me of wallpaper. If you’re looking for elegant patterns and artisan quality, these tiles are perfect.
- Subway Tile: Okay, so this is more of a tile type than a tile brand, but I can’t get enough of it. I can’t tell you how many emails I get each week that ask “What do you call this tile? I love it and want to use it in my kitchen.” The answer is always “subway tile.” And several places have great subway tile: Subway Tile, Home Depot, Modwalls and The Tile Shop (I love their Carrara Marble subway tile).
- ModCraft: These handmade tiles have a warm glow. I love the mix of glazes they use and their arts-and-crafts meets midcentury-modern feel.
- Home Depot: Just about everyone has a Home Depot in their area and they carry a nice range of affordable styles like penny tile and subway tile. The color options can be a bit limited, but if you’re looking to save money this is a great option.
- Edgewater: I love their water-cut patterned tiles, which are a nice way to bring pattern into a room without going overboard.
- Bisazza: Hello, tile heaven! I think of Bisazza tiles as the supermodels of the tile world. Fancy, high-design and pricey. But if you’re looking to create a show-stopper tile arrangement, Bisazza is your company.
- Artistic Tile: These tiles always feel fancy-pants to me, but they have some really stunning colors and patterns available. They can be pretty pricey, but if you’re looking to invest in a real statement piece, these tiles could be just the ticket. Check out “Chateau,” it’s my favorite ladylike pattern.
- Waterworks: Waterworks has a great collection of classic tiles, but I love their “Vintage” collection the most. Their slightly crackled finishes look perfectly aged.
- Modwalls: Modwalls’ glass tiles come in a nice range of modern patterns. Their collaboration with Paula at Henry Road is beautiful.
- Saint Tropez Stone: Talk about patterns! Their Moorish tiles are too gorgeous for words. If you’re looking for something exotic and colorful, they’ve got you covered.
- Build It Green: If you’re in NYC, Build It Green is a great resource for affordable new and salvaged tiles.