Tackle Your Tile Planning with This Guide

Getting that first seed of inspiration for a home renovation project is fun and exciting. If you know you want to use tile, that’s one big decision down — and you’re not alone in your choice. Tile is popular for a room refresh because the endless combinations of textures, colors and patterns can fully transform a space.

Deciding what kind of tile to use, where you want to use it and what your finished space will look like requires some planning. If you need help figuring out where to start, follow this tile planning guide.

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Riad Tile wants to help make your dream design a reality, one tile at a time. Examples of tile layouts and tile designs can help you decide what you do and don’t want in your space. Our 

Riad Tile blog offers photos and information on tile trends, design ideas, installation tips, and more.

For instance, handcrafted Moroccan Zellige tile is versatile and works well throughout your home for kitchen and bathroom walls, backsplashes, fireplaces and more. You can see design projects that feature Zellige in our post “4 Colorful Ways Customers Used Zellige Tile to Amp Up Their Interior.”  


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Or, check out “3 Creative Ways to Use Our Maya Cement Tile.” Our customer @thewaxspace created a gorgeous counter focal point with this tile.

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Search Online and Social Media

A simple Google search for “bathroom tile ideas” or “kitchen tile renovation examples” returns thousands of results. If you click on “images” under the search bar, you’ll see various tile photos.

Social media is also a powerful tile planning tool. You can find tile ideas and inspiration on Riad Tile’s Instagram account, Pinterest, interior design Facebook pages and YouTube videos.


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Above is an example of @kristiekoningdesign using our Sea Green Zellige tile for kitchen backsplash.


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If you’re leaning toward a Mid-Century Modern look, here’s a stunning bathroom makeover from @halastudiodallas featuring Riad’s hexagonal Nola Pink cement tile.


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Riad Tile’s new Calacatta Gold Marble tile looks luxurious in just about any room in your home

The Instagram video above shows different Calacatta Gold sizes and patterns.

It’s easy to spend hours surfing the web for tile ideas. Eventually, the perfect tile layout and design might present itself. If nothing totally grabs you, consider creating your own custom design.

Tile Design Sketches, Software, and Apps

If you’re artistic, you can create a custom look with your own tile design sketches. Tile planning software and apps also give you a sense of what tile types, sizes, colors and patterns will look like on a wall, floor or as backsplash.

The Houzz View in My Room 3D tool now enables you to virtually drop tile into your space via your smartphone to see what it looks like. It also calculates the amount of tile you’ll need for your project. You can download the app from the iPhone and iPad app store or Android device store.

Precision Tile Pro from Laurel Creek Software is another option. Professional designers and DIYers alike can use this digital tool to design wall and floor layouts with custom grout and tile colors and patterns. You can also make instant changes and adjustments to render different designs. This is fantastic when you want to play around with and test tile colors, shapes, patterns and layouts.

Maticad Tile Calculator, Floor Covering, Design Appy and Primer AR Home Design are more virtual tile layout app options.

Order Tile Samples

Tile comes in many varieties, including ceramic, porcelain, cement, marble, Zellige, and Terrazzo. Ordering tile samples to touch, feel and hold up in your dream space is always a good idea. Tiles can look different online — and if you’re using Zellige tile, no two tiles will ever look the same.

You can order up to four sample tiles per style at Riad Tile. Comparing colors, patterns and shapes firsthand helps you narrow down the tiles you do and don’t like — and it’s also fun!

Hire a Pro Designer or Ask a Tile Expert

If you’ve explored many tile options and are still trying to figure out what to do, hire an interior design pro or ask a tile expert for suggestions and guidance. You can ask family members, friends, and colleagues for local interior design recommendations or do a Google search for “interior designers near me.”

Riad Tile is always here to lend some expert tile planning advice. Contact us by phone at 972-914-9600 or email us at HELLO@RIADTILE.COM if you have any questions.