Precious metals and stones aren’t new in and of themselves, but their potential is being rediscovered. “The use of these inlays is a way to add embellishment and craftsmanship into spaces without sacrificing a contemporary, more streamlined aesthetic,” says Zakarya. Meitus suggests clients use a dramatic or intricate gold mosaic, often more costly, in a smaller way—say for a small bathroom, or on a single wall in the shower, or even as a backsplash. But what to do with the remainder of the room? “Fill in the rest with more affordable neutral surfaces like simple ceramic, porcelain, or glass tiles,” suggests Meitus. Zakarya agrees: “These tiles have many applications whether for creating a jewel box effect in a powder room or on foyer floors for a glittering entrance,” says Zakarya. They’re surprisingly understated and chic.
This muted metallic and marble combination is understated yet glamorous.
Marbled and brushed brass “Jeanne” tile, $180/square foot