Interior Wall Tile Ideas: Refining Beyond The Backsplash


Interior wall tile is often thought of as purely functional and for very specific uses. Check out these wall tile ideas that expand on the home decor possibilities.


Interior wall tile comes in countless colors and designs and is a great way to create interesting textures, lines, and colors in a variety of rooms. While it is highly functional, it’s also a beautiful material that can become a work of art. Today, wall tile can go beyond the kitchen and bathroom and become a stylish accent in nearly every room of the house.

A tile headboard

While most people think about using wood or fabric for their headboard, tile can make a stunning impression in the bedroom. From mosaic tiles to wall tiles, there are plenty of options to make your own unique headboard. One way you can use wall tiles to create a headboard is to affix them directly to the wall behind your bed.

You can also attach mosaic tiles to an existing headboard or a piece of plywood and make your own design. Cut a piece of brown craft paper to the exact size of the plywood. Use this paper to draw a design of your headboard. Lay the mosaic tiles on the paper and make any necessary cuts to the tiles. When you’re happy with the look, lay the paper drawing-side-down over your plywood and rub the backside with acetone. This will cause the lines on the paper to transfer onto the plywood.

Once the pattern is transferred, begin gluing down the tiles. After the glue has dried, grout the tiles, and then install your custom headboard.

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Tile fireplace surround

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A fireplace is a natural focal point of the room. Make your fireplace really stand out by framing it with wall tiles. There are two places where homeowners tend to tile around their fireplaces: the hearth and the surround. The fireplace surround is the area immediately around the firebox. The tile here is purely decorative and doesn’t serve a function. As such, you can choose just about any type of tile material you would like. However, between the weight of stacked logs or a fire poker accidentally falling down, the hearth needs thicker and more durable tiles.

No matter where you choose to install it, adding tile around the fireplace comes with the added benefit of increasing the value of your home. Plus, since tile doesn’t burn, it also provides a safe barrier between your fireplace and the rest of your house.


Travertine mosaic tile; not just for kitchens and bathrooms. Try it as an accent wall, or as wainscoting for that full-on look of Tuscany you admire.

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Tile in the Backyard

Glass tiles are ideal in the backyard because they’re great at withstanding the elements. They’re easy to clean, and it doesn’t take much scrubbing to get them looking like new. Everyone admires glass tile in a pool because its reflective qualities look great against water, but there are plenty of other ways to incorporate tile into your backyard.

The outdoor space is great for creative designs and colors that might seem overwhelming inside, so it’s the perfect place to try something different. Use glass tiles to decorate a fountain or water feature. If you have an outdoor kitchen, glass tiles at the bottom of your kitchen sink create a fun surprise. If you’re going for a rustic or earthy look in your backyard, use stone wall tile to adorn signs or benches.

A Tiled Accent Wall

If you have one wall in your house that seems too plain, make it stand out by creating a tiled accent wall. Not only will you get to enjoy the textural impact and beauty of a tiled wall, you’ll also have the added benefit of a feature that’s durable and easy to clean.

In the kitchen, you can get this look by taking your beautiful tile backsplash and extending it across the entire wall. Or, if you have a blank wall in the living room or dining room that doesn’t need a backsplash, you can get creative and use anything from subway tiles to stone tiles for a one-of-a-kind look.

Tile on the Ceiling

Beginning in the 1880s, homeowners used tin tiles as an affordable way to add some interest to their rooms. Not only were tin tiles meant to bring an aesthetic upgrade to the room by imitating high-end decorative plaster, they were also installed as a safety feature. At a time when heating, lighting, and cooking were done using an open flame, the fire protection that a tin ceiling offered was a major benefit.

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Today, using this type of tile tends to help visually lower the ceiling, which can make the room appear more inviting and intimate. Also, placing accent tiles within a border can add even more visual interest to your ceiling.

Wainscoting with tile

Traditional wainscoting consists of wooden paneling that lines the lower walls in your room for visual interest. However, you can get the same effect by using wall tiles to create your wainscoting. If you use the same tile for wainscoting in both your living room and dining room, it’s also a great way to tie the two rooms together.

Additionally, these tiles help draw the eye to waist level, so they make high ceilings appear a little lower and help make rooms feel cozier. To get the right height on your tile wainscoting, make sure it meets the height of your dining chairs in the dining room and the height of your couch in the living room. For a polished look, finish off your tile wainscoting with a row of trim or accent tiles.

Tile Chair Rail

A chair rail is a line of trim installed partway up the wall that serves two purposes. First, it’s designed to help visually divide the room. Second, in the dining room, it protects the wall from getting damaged from the back of a chair. While it’s usually made with wood trim, you can also use wall tile to create a beautiful chair rail that serves the same purpose.


From the bedroom to the living room, you can take interior wall tile beyond the backsplash and use it to create beautiful accents in your house that are not only functional, but visually striking as well.



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