Tile is sometimes the last thing people think about when it comes to designing a bath or kitchen. The glamourous big ticket items like the tubs, vanities, and faucets seem to get all the attention, while tile takes a backseat. And we get it; if you’re set on white subway tile, we won’t argue–hey, it’s a classic! But if you’re interested in something a little different, now is the perfect time to come see what else is out there, because tile companies continue to take things to the next level. Innovative materials, wondrous textures, elements straight from nature–tile is moving beyond the backsplash and is definitely becoming a focal point of many interiors.

Island Stone is one of our favorite brands of tile, especially when it comes to creating spaces that use natural elements. They were the first to introduce mesh-backed pebble tile, and continue to offer the highest quality pebble designs around. With a wide selection of stone cladding–including some crafted from the lava of Indonesian volcanoes–Island Stone’s collections are a veritable showcase of the exotic beauty of raw nature.

We also love their glass series, like the bold geometric Palms collection, or the Beach series with a natural tumbled finish that perfectly mimics sea glass. The stone Wave collection brings texture to the forefront with its three dimensional relief; the colors and variations of these wedge-shaped tiles are enhanced when they catch the light.

Check out some of our favorite Island Stone applications below!

Pebble Series







Cladding Series


Quartzitic Slate Rustic Pool



Glass Series





Mosaic Series


Closeup of the silver quartzite mosaic