square ceramic tile from derby pottery called orient
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1. Focus

Always create a focal point around cooking areas, says Matt Giardina, principal designer, Front Row Kitchens, Inc. If you are going to splurge on more expensive tile, use it only above the stove and use more affordable tile in the rest of the kitchen. Or if you are using the same tile throughout the room, try a different color or pattern around cooking areas.

Orient, a 6-by-6-inch ceramic tile, would look sharp behind a range; pair it with less expensive tiles elsewhere in the kitchen. About $50 each; Derby Pottery and Tile
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