Create Impact with Tile in Small Spaces

I recently took a tour of Natural Stone Design Gallery in Sacramento and was blown away with all their handcrafted tile options they have to make your spaces truly stunning. I’ve partnered with Natural Stone Design Gallery to showcase ideas on how you can create impact with tile in small spaces. Their beautiful showroom is located in Sacramento, CA and filled with exclusive handmade tile options including handmade ceramic tile, imported Italian marble tile, Mosaic tiles, cement tiles and much more.


When visiting Natural Stone Design Gallery, I would recommend making an appointment to meet with one of their onsite designers to discuss your project. Bring inspiration pictures and be ready to be blown away with all their tile options and colorways. Their designers will walk you through the design process helping you select the right tile for your space.


Natural Stone Design Gallery carries many exclusive brands, a few of my favorites tiles were from Sonoma Tilemakers, made in Sonoma, California. Their tiles are amazing and came in so many colors. I also loved the tile options from Walker Zanger.


Below is a small sampling of some of the tiles I love from Natural Stone Design Gallery, all the tiles shared come in various colorways.

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Tile Information // ONE Stellar Isla Stone Blue TWO 6Th Avenue Fog Glass 2 inch Hex THREE Stellar Boka Leaf Quicksilver FOUR Stellar Laurel Color Mist FIVE Stellar Chevy Lefi Stone Blue SIX Stellar Penthouse (Crackle Glaze) SEVEN 6th Avenue French Clay

In addition to tile, Natural Stone Design Gallery they also have a stone yard. Guys, I was in heaven! Lovely Marble Slabs for days in both polished and honed, Quartzite Slabs, Granite Slabs. They also have Quartz Counter top options. If you have a small project be sure and visit the stone yard for remnants priced at steep discounts.


Remnants pieces in the stone yard

This month Natural Stone Design Gallery is hosting a Tile Design & Trends CEU Workshops for Designers. The event is on October 17, 2018 and connects local designers with leading tile industry specialists, sharing future design trends for tile. For more information on the event and visit



I love how selecting the right tile in a small space can make a room come alive by adding color, pattern and the good drama. Small spaces make it budget friendly to splurge on handcrafted tile.

KITCHEN IDEAS // In kitchens, create a pretty focal point above your stove with a tile mosaic pattern back splash, or a tile pattern design above the stove. For me subway tile is a classic forever tile, using glazed crackle subway is a great way to add a timeless look in your kitchen and elevates the look of subway tile.

image via Driven by Decor and Pinterest (no direct link given)

BATHROOM IDEAS // Small bathrooms are a great for adding a big punch of style with tile. In a shower add a niche inset and use splurge on a pretty pattern tile. I also love the idea of adding a marble slab in a shower niche, talk about stunning!

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LAUNDRY ROOMS // Add a fun element with patterned tile flooring in a laundry room, or use wood-look tile laid in a chevron pattern on the floor.

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What are some of your favorite ideas to add impact in a small space with tile?

Modern Lighting Ideas for the Living Room

Now that my living room is pretty much done completed design-wise, I really want to update the lighting we have in our living room. As I mentioned earlier this week in My Living Room Tour, the light we’ve had has yellowed. The yellow light fixture just kills the whole vibe in my space!

I’m leaning towards something more sculptural, but haven't ruled out a pretty large drum shade because, hello I love them!

While I want something more sculptural, I don’t want harsh lighting. In our living room, we have several light sources, I’m a huge fan of lighting and know that it can totally make or break the look of the room.

We have recessed lighting, which I love using during the early evening hours, then as it gets later, in or living room, we turn on the center light fixture and lamps in our living room. I love evenly lit rooms, I’m not a fan of crazy shadows in my living room. Here’s a reminder or are currently lighting situation in my living room.


These pretty living room paired with modern lighting have me inspired!

image via  Studio McGee

image via Studio McGee

image via  My Domaine

image via My Domaine

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image via kate.lavie

I’ve put together a roundup of pretty modern lights that I’m considering for my living room. I kept in mind that i’m not a huge fan of crazy shadows and figure with a few of the lights below, I always update the bulb to frosted to cut down on the shadows.

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As you can see, no decisions have been made, I just know its time to update my lighting and I’m undecided! I need your help, which light fixture do you think will look good in my living room?

Keep in mind we have typical eight feet ceilings, so most the lighting would have to be close to the ceiling and be dimable! Which reminds, me we have all our overhead lighting on dimmers, if you don’t I would seriously consider updating your switches and adding dimmers!