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Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

I've been thinking a lot lately about wallpaper that looks like tile or marble. It's been a trend for awhile but often things resonate much later than when the trend hits. Trends aren't always coming at the right moment for me. I often need to let them rest for a bit, observe how they are being used, and then I decide for myself if something trending has legs to stand for a bit longer than a season or two. I want to be more intentional in my shopping decisions and less driven by trend or emotion. wallpapertiles

Let's discuss faux tile wallpaper first... Have you ever thought to use it on stairs, in the kitchen or bath, or perhaps in another room in your home? If not, why? If so, do you have some good resources to share in the comments section of this post? I'm going to share some of mine below in case you would like to try this idea at home.

About the application and use for faux tile, Graham + Brown says, "Tile wallpapers are mainly used in kitchens and bathrooms, as an easy alternative to ceramic tiles. If you have a small room with lots of corners and windows then ceramic tiles can be difficult to apply. Our tiled wallpapers are easy to apply and many provide a splash resistant surface suitable for kitchen and bathroom conditions."

Great option for renters! Honestly though, I'm more keen on the faux tile wallpaper that looks like old Portuguese tile work or something else uniquely European, like floor tiles you may see in or , patterned and definitely not overly modern or clean. Like typical white square tile found in so many rentals.

I also imagine decorative European-inspired tile used on stairs () or perhaps sparingly on a bathroom wall or kitchen backsplash. It would be nice to use it to mimic some of these rooms - the examples below are showing the real deal, ceramic tile, BUT you can imagine using wallpaper tile in the same way, can't you?





Now, let's look at some good examples of faux marble wallpaper. This is extremely interesting because I've never imagined marble on MY walls except for a bit in a kitchen or bath. But even then, I envision a backsplash or marble underfoot. Yet, seeing it in these examples causes me to think more broadly about this application... It's actually quite interesting to behold.





What do you think about this look, faux marble on walls?


Of course, the real deal is always the preference but when renting or on a budget, it's not always possible so you have to find creative ways to still have what you want, just tweaked a bit... And c'mon, how many of us want to invest in real marble from floor to ceiling? It's fun to have creative options.

In my next post today, I want to introduce you to some gorgeous wallpapers from Milan, you will gasp.



PS You may also love this post about other I found in the past.

(Tile photography:  fireplace/, , ,  kitchen)

Marbled Wood Flooring By Snedker Studio

I came across some magical wood flooring (and decorative wood for walls too!) last week and still days later, I can't stop thinking about it. This is always a sign that I have to share with all of you! I feel like I could write a glorious intro but the photos so beautifully speak for themselves that I'm not sure I could do better in words. All I can say is that this is wood and these floors and walls make me so deliriously happy. Snedker_05

Designed by Pernille Snedker Hansen of , these surfaces definitely satisfy my love of interesting floors which is why I adore decorative tile so much. She is both an artist and designer who loves to explore color and patterns and is fascinated by the traditional craft of marbling, a technique she has brought to her wooden surface designs. Her work reminds me a lot of (floating ink) marbling, a Japanese technique that was practiced in the 12th century long before it landed in western cultures.


In 2012, Pernille won the Wallpaper Design Award and currently exhibits her work in conjunction with the Danish Crafts Council. Beginning today, she is also exhibiting in Copenhagen as part of at , so go and check that out if you can.


When it comes to surfaces, I love the tile work that I've seen during my travels to North Africa, Turkey and Mexico. Even cities like Lisbon and Berlin have some of the best tiles; and old German tile from the turn of the century is gorgeous. But seeing decorative wooden floors is quite another thing, and it's inspiring because wood is so warm and has a different feel underfoot. It's also not as common to see patterned wood, is it? I've seen some that has had stencils applied to it, or given different washed treatments, but marbled? That's a whole new level of innovation and craftsmanship.






"The floor is the largest wooden surface in Scandinavian homes. Marbelous Wood reinterprets this classic domestic feature with vibrating colours across its surface. In Marbelous Wood – Refraction, both the form of the parquet floor and the applied pattern are inspired by the refraction of light through a prism, a graduating colour scale from one colour to the next. Its highly organic yet graphic patterning creates an optical experience as your feet move across the floor. The transparent marbling pattern merges with the wood, entering into a dialogue with the inherent ornamentation of wood. Marbelous Wood tells a story about time. Each print captures a unique frozen moment within the process. Produced one drop of colour after another, ring by ring, the pattern is constructed on the water surface. The final result is a reflection of the annual rings of wood."

I enjoyed watching from 2013 showing her process and hearing her comment on what's involved in making these floors (she speaks Danish but their are English subtitles). It's both fascinating and fills you with loads of respect for the thought and work involved. The video was made by in connection with the exhibition MINDCRAFT13.

I'm so happy that I stumbled upon this flooring, it really made me smile and feel super inspired! Hope it did the same for you. And thank you dear Pernille for working with me to run this story on cattledogs. And all the best with your new baby, Pernille. And remember dear readers, if you plan to be in Copenhagen for , definitely seek out the exhibition and look for Pernille and tell her hello for me. ;)

(Photographs with permission from Snedker Studio)