Penny for Your Thoughts: 4 Uses of Penny Tile in Your Home

Penny for Your Thoughts: 4 Uses of Penny Tile in Your Home

Image: Eve Wilson on Duchy and Co.

It’s easy to overlook the hardworking, everyday aspects of interior design. Household finishes like wood, elements like concrete, and embellishments like tile have a tendency to fade into the background, while flashier kinds of décor stand out. Part of my mission as an interior evangelist is to celebrate these types of standard materials—after all, they tend to do the lion’s share of keeping our living spaces livable, am I right? With that in mind, today we’re looking at the subtle beauty and workaday wonder that is penny tile (or penny round tile, if you prefer.)

Backsplash Beauty

Penny for Your Thoughts: 4 Uses of Penny Tile in Your Home

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While my preference for countertops is solid-surface materials – cleaning countertop tile grout is something I don’t wish on my worst enemy. While subway tile backsplashes are arguably a sexier choice, penny tile as the kitchen backsplash is always going to be a winner in my book. The simplicity and uniformity of pattern provides a tranquil (yet visually appealing) backdrop; the timeless quality of the design allows it to work in just about any décor style.

Go Glam

Penny for Your Thoughts: 4 Uses of Penny Tile in Your Home

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Using copper metallic penny tile as a shower flooring and to line the niche above the toilet helps to bring a shimmering glamour to this bathroom. This dressed-up version of a classic proves its remarkable versatility – something I always look for in design and décor.

Black on Black

Penny for Your Thoughts: 4 Uses of Penny Tile in Your Home

For subtlety, this bathroom uses matte black penny tile with a matching grout for both the floor and wall. It’s a masterful use of the material, and one that mixes a bit of the industrial in with this clean contemporary style.

Floored

Penny for Your Thoughts: 4 Uses of Penny Tile in Your Home

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This is one of my favorite uses of penny tile – as entryway flooring. The design extends it into an open closet (an ersatz mudroom) and is an idea worth stealing.

How would you use penny round tile in your home?

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Dave Hime
Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.