/>Every few months I have the overwhelming urge to start painting again.
I pretty much draw everyday and am lucky enough for people to pay me to use my brain creatively, but there is something so different about creating something for no one but yourself. Everything changes the moment you are getting paid to do something.
Image from That Kind of Woman, a never ending source of amazing images.
but it sure is lovely the way the light reflects off the tiles! Renovations and freelancing. Together, they can run a blog dry!
As Katie said, we’ve got some serious before and afters on the way. Subway tiles included.
For me, they were a
given: they made my space feel cleaner, cozier AND more sophisticated; but the more I got out there and started looking for inspiration and ideas, the more I saw subway tiles EVERYWHERE. Differing sizes, colors, grout colors and patterns. First off, I got mine for free… the favor of a friend who had extras lying around… in differing whites :). Also, my space is large for New York—spesh on my budget—but still quite a little guy so dark grout seemed too risky an option. That left me with little to decide, and I was honestly quite happy because of it. I gathered a couple of images I felt gave me the most insight into how the sizes, grout and location changed the impact and feel of the tiles.
Lots of stuff going on here with the exposed shelving, dining table so close to the kitchen and vertical wood contrasting the horizontal tiling, but the slightly darker grout works for me. I think it’s the generally white canvas with teensy pops of color all around that really makes it feel so balanced.
Left: Holy Subway Tiles! Tall wall, dark grout and it works soooooo amazingly. Those natural wood pieces across the bottom give my eye something to rest on and follow while my tactile needs are more than satisfied with all the uneven grout and natural objects in the room. Right: Are you kidding me??? Whoever thought to do this is genius and nowIwanttogoswimminginanocean. Brilliant. The white grout here is perfect. All throughout looking at these images I was realizing the white grout really allows for color-blocking in a room while adding a shiny sheen. This is the perfect usage of said realization.
Ok. More to come. But I srsly have to stop looking at subway tiles on the internet, and instead scrub the ones in my bathroom.
Shout out to Design Attractor, from which I’ve obtained a couple of these images. I just found her blog and simply cannot get enough.