Mission Tile West

Tile is Like…

4 surprising and inspiring tile similes

Tile is Like…Tile is an incredibly versatile material that lends itself to just about any design plan. It’s hard to capture the excitement of working with quality designer tile in words, but these 4 similes about tile make a fair approximation!

Tile is Like…

…Paint made of light

Field tile (solid color tiles used to create a “field” of color) provides an excellent way to bring color to virtually any room. When used as wall tile, field tile is kind of like painting a wall, only better. The glossy, reflective nature of tile—and especially the translucent shimmer of glass tile—interacts with light to make the color come alive in a way a can of paint never could. Tile comes in virtually every shade of the rainbow so you can create whatever mood you want from soothing to psychedelic.

Tile is Like…

…Jewelry for your home

When used as an accent, tile can put the finishing touches on an interior design the same way jewelry puts the finishing touches on an outfit. Decorative tile in particular is great for adding color, texture, and interest to a space. You might use decorative tile to create a focal point in a large expanse of neutral wall or floor tile or make your entire kitchen backsplash out of decorative tile to dress up the room. Some types of tile make the comparison to jewelry seem downright literal—they come in metallic finishes or unique shapes like diamonds, octagons and hexagons that mimic the look of cut gems.

Tile is Like…

…A time machine

If you’re going for a vintage look in your home, you can’t go wrong with tile. At Mission Tile West, we make our own lines of period-perfect designer tiles that can instantly transport you back in time to the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or 60s. These “Mission Revival” lines are authentic all the way through, from the tile body to the watercolor-like glaze that was standard on tile from earlier decades. Our tiles also come in period-appropriate shapes and sizes, including small hexagonal floor tiles ideal for vintage floors and all the different shapes of tile liners needed to put the finishing touches on your design.

Tile is Like…

…Fresh-baked cookies

This last simile might sound pretty odd, but it does describe the experience of getting custom tiles pretty darn accurately. Whether you’re buying hand-made tiles or custom tile runs made at the Mission Tile West factory, you’re getting a totally unique product that comes out of the kilns just for you, promising the same sort of artisanal delight as a fresh-baked cookie.