Decorating Tips

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

July 1, 2016

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.

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

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 Barcelona or Berlin, 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 (like this) 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?

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

FAUX TILE SOURCES

Graham + Brown

Zoffany Spark Wallpaper

Better Homes + Gardens shop

Burke Decor

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.

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

Faux Tile + Marble Wallpaper

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

SOURCES

Tapeten web shop

Ferm Living

Lime Lace

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.

xo

Holly

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

(Tile photography: My Domaine fireplace/Tessa Neustadt, Rug Knots, Design Milk, My Domain kitchen)






4 Comments

  • Reply francetaste July 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    You hit the nail on the head with renters, who can’t just put in tile where they want. In most cases (around a fireplace, in the kitchen), real tile is more practical.
    I was going to turn up my nose at faux marble, but the pictures are so pretty! I really like that accent wall at the bottom of the stairs. It isn’t plain but it isn’t a motif that will get old. These look really nice.

  • Reply iHanna July 2, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I have never considered this kind of wallpaper, but on photos it looks stunning! Although… I’m thinking that the photos are beautifully styled but in real life you’d just walk up to the wall and it would look kinda’ fake!? Maybe?

    Thanks for sharing these photos though, food for thought.

  • Reply Sofa & More July 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Marble wallpaper… I have never thought about that .. Brilhant idea

  • Reply Stephanie July 4, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Wallpaper has come such a long way throughout the years and these examples are the cherry on top. Love it! Ideas are brewing already.

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