How to Spruce Up Your Space with Wild Tile

Over the past few years, there’s been a new trend emerging in the world of tile. Today, you can find so-called “wild tiles” in homes of every style. From traditional and contemporary, to farmhouse chic and mid-century modern, installing tiles with bold designs makes a big statement. Learn where and how to use wild tile in your home.  


Subway tiles in bright and bold colors add a touch of vibrancy to a space. Colorful tile especially compliments white kitchens and bathrooms.

Bold tiles can quickly overwhelm any room – especially the kitchen. That’s why the wild tile trend has mostly been contained to the kitchen backsplash. When putting in an attention-grabbing backsplash, there are a few tips to keep in mind. The general rule of thumb is to pick bold colors in a traditional shape. Or, choose an abstract shape in a neutral color. Stay away from picking tiles with both a bold color and shape, as it can make the kitchen backsplash look busy.

Consider choosing subway tiles in a bright, unexpected color. They should complement your cabinetry while adding visual intrigue. You might also use neutral-color tiles of varying shapes to create an abstract pattern.


The bathroom is one of the most popular rooms to spice up with wild tile. As a result, there are plenty of fun ways to enliven your space with bold patterns and colors. Use your personal preferences when deciding between tiles.  

One way to incorporate wild tile is with an accent wall. For instance, use the wall behind your vanity to add bold tiles and serve as a work of art. Another method is to incorporate two types of tile – one that’s more traditional and one that’s wild. Mixing and matching these two styles creates a statement without overwhelming the room. 

If you’re not into bold colors or patterns, consider creating a monochromatic look where your cabinets match your tile. This adds drama to the space without overpowering it. Fan of the rustic style? You can even choose tile that resembles reclaimed wood for a warm appearance.

Laundry Room

Tile in the laundry room? Yes, please. Using bold tiles in the laundry room can bring a fresh, light and airy feel to the space. Here, you can choose to add bold tiles to the walls. Opt for square tiles in a traditional pattern to really draw the eye in. Doing so will also create that highly-sought-after vintage vibe. If you prefer neutral tiles on the wall – or even just neutral-color paint – you can spruce up the room with fun floor tiles. For this small space, make sure to choose larger tiles with larger patterns. They’ll make the laundry room feel much bigger.

From classic damask to modern herringbone, there’s a wild tile for every type of homeowner. If you’re considering adding bold tiles to your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, pay a visit to Friel Lumber. We offer a wide range of building materials, making us your one-stop shop for home remodeling projects. Not to mention, we’ll gladly work with you and your contractor to discover the perfect wild tile for your space. Stop by today at 100 Friel Place in Queenstown, MD.  

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