01 of 07
Gracias Madre in West Hollywood
Tile is taking on a new identity in the world of design. Beyond being relegated to subway tiles in the bathroom, or basic designs for a kitchen backsplash, architects and designers are no longer treating tile as an accent. Instead, it is the ultimate statement piece. The new trend is particularly apparent in the world of restaurant design. From small coffee houses to large bars, tile is being used to add a unique architectural detail to a space. Here are seven of our favorite restaurants where... tile is having a wow moment! Oh yeah, and if you're wondering about how you can bring this new design trend into your own home, we've got you covered.
At Gracias Madre located in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, black and white tile has been used to create a stunning statement at the bar. Your eye is immediately drawn to the organic pattern the tile. And with tile in a large restaurant like this one, bigger is always better. The large scale looks great in this open and airy California restaurant. The same type of effect can be achieved at a kitchen bar. Cement tile from places like Granada Tile is sure to do the trick.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
Parson's Chicken & Fish in Chicago
Tile can be used to set the aesthetic of a space. With the ability to add both color and pattern, it can be a powerful architectural detail. At Parson's Chicken & Fish, located in Chicago, a red and white pinwheel tile helps set the scene. We can already tell that the bar is the place to be at this cool chicken and fish joint.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
03 of 07
Horn Please in Melbourne, Australia
Blue and white tile has been used to add the perfect color splash at Horn Please in Melbourne, Australia. The Aussie restaurant enjoys being daring with color. We're fans of the row of hot pink tolix stools that have been used to finish the bar scene. The blue and white tiles may be in a contemporary style, but they've been made to feel fresh and modern, framed by a dark, walnut bar. Keep a lookout for blue and white tile like this at places like Bella Tile, where they have a host of... hard to find and discontinued patterns.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
04 of 07
The Hat Madrid Hotel
At The Hat Madrid Hotel in Spain, a black and white geometric pattern adds flavor to the bar. This chic hostel is filled to the brim with stylish elements, and the tiled bar sets the stage. The unique diamond-shaped repeat is eye-catching. And honestly, what doesn't look good in black and white. We love the geometric style as it feels so modern. Similar patterns can be found at The Tile Bar, where a host of cool patterns in black and white can be used to create your own modern bar at home.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Saint Frank Coffee in San Francisco
Restaurant design has shown us that tile can make quite a splash in a space. And while colorful tile is great, sometimes it's nice to go back to the basics. At Saint Frank Coffee in San Francisco, the entire coffee bar is covered in some pretty sweet hexagonal tiles. The repeat of one pattern in a single shade keeps things looking sleek and fresh. Hexagon tile like this can be found at Heath Ceramics, one of the premier tile destinations out of the west coast. Their Classic Field Collection o...ffers crisp modern shapes, like the hexagon.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
06 of 07
Top Paddock Cafe in Richmond
Talk about taking subway tile to a new level! The Top Paddock Cafe in Richmond has done just that. The bar looks great in crisp, white subway tile. And we absolutely love the idea of breaking up the pattern with the addition of a strip of brass. It's a nice way to take things behind the typical subway style design. Check out Heath Ceramics for cool and collected subway just like this, to make your very own tile dreams come true.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
07 of 07
Style Bakery in Japan
The greatest tiled restaurants don't hold back. They go all in. The Style Bakery in Japan does just that, taking subway tile to the max in this super cool bakery. It's definitely an inspiring installation for those who want to jump on the tile bandwagon feet first.