Design Your Own Art Tile
For truly one-of-a-kind tiles, many companies will create custom pieces on request
For truly one-of-a-kind tiles, many companies will create custom pieces on request. Here are tips for getting started:
Gather together references of the designs and colors you like. Companies will work from photographs, sketches, scraps of wall-covering, even a teapot lid.
If you don't have a pattern in mind but want something historically accurate, ask if the company has an archive of traditional motifs for you to choose from.
Schedule enough lead time. Generally, it takes four to six weeks to create any handmade tile, custom or not.
Get samples. If you're having a custom mural created, ask for a life-size sketch that you can tape up to the wall and live with for a while. For custom colors, get a variety of samples in the color family to see how they look at different times of the day before making your final decision.