Entry ways give all who enter an idea of things yet to come. If designed correctly, this room will be welcoming, gracious and beautiful. What better way to introduce your style than with a tile mosaic which you had a hand in designing?
Since Medieval days tile has been used to create incredible works of art. During the early days, tile was only used in churches, public buildings and homes of the wealthy; the cost was extremely high due to the processes and materials tilers used to make tiles lasting and colorful. Early tiles were used specifically for flooring.
Influence from Middle Eastern countries led way to more sophisticated designs and new processes were created such as tin glazing instead of the less versatile lead glazing. Floor tiles were used to create elaborate patterns or mosaics. Islamic countries brought their art and architecture first to Spain. This led the way to the birth of Spanish tiles which in turn spread quickly across Europe inspiring the Italians and French to create their own signature tiles.
The 19th century would see the advancement of machinery for making tiles and the demand for handmade tiles wane. Many processes and materials later, the 20th century welcomed tile as we know it. Today modern glazed, or ceramic tiles, are used around the globe in countless ways from the kitchen backsplash to the foyer floor or entryway.
I love to work with my clients when designing a tile mosaic for their entry. Letting them take part in the design phase makes the mosaic all the more meaningful for them when they are later enjoying it on a daily basis.
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This entry tile mosaic created in 1890 has been restored to its original beauty. Tiles of black, white and dark red make for an intricate geometric design. The same patterns is reflected on the ceiling which is part of the original design as well.
Phoebe Howard (via)
This black and white twist on the chevron pattern makes for a very vibrant and energetic welcome in the long slender entry above.
House and Garden (via)
A luxurious marble tile entry mosaic is all about the squares. The pattern is mimicked on the back of the bench and the round mirror adds contrast.
Moroccan tiles in charcoal gray and white make an intricate infinity pattern in the bold and bright entry.