One of the most challenging design dilemmas that I've come across is how to "properly" transition tile flooring to other surfaces. It's something that I am currently obsessing over as we design the Costa house (the tile I picked for the kitchen is most definitely not going to work- too yellow!) and I'm finding that right now the tile I'm drawn to the most just so happens to have an odd shape which makes things a little more difficult. (This fish scale tile is my current front runner in white or blue).
In the past you would just cut odd shaped tile, leaving a straight edge, or you would simply add a threshold to make for a seamless transition. Now, people are leaving the natural edge of the tile showing and I have to say I am very, very in to it. Unless you are using a tile with a natural straight edge, cutting the tile seems like such a missed opportunity to make a real impact design wise. By leaving the natural edge you can get so much drama and for those difficult areas like around bathtubs, kitchen islands, and entries this solves so many problems. I'm thinking that if I go with the tile I like in the kitchen, I could run it three quarters up the wall and then leave the natural edge. It wouldn't be too dramatic from a distance but when you get up close you could really see the detail. I love the quiet nod to the ocean and it would be so distinctive... ahhhhhh decisions, decisions!
For those of you who are unsure about this look, here are a few inspiration images from people who decidedly got it right. I'm loving how individual all these looks are to the space that they are in which is giving me hope. If there is one word I am looking for to describe the Costa house it is unique and I think this is definitely one way to get that feeling! Xx