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There’s no rule that says ceiling tiles are only allowed to dance on the ceiling. “My client loved masculine industrial style, but at the same time, he wanted his bedroom to feel really comfy,” says interior designer Nina Magon. Working within a fairly small budget, the designer had the big idea of creating a unique headboard wall using inexpensive ceiling tiles.
Scale was an important consideration in the bedroom. By using 24-inch by 24-inch tiles, Magon was able to create a wall that wasn’t too busy. She used six different tiles with patterns of varying scales.
She purchased unfinished tin tiles from The American Tin Ceiling Company. (They run about $7 to $10 each.) From there, she had a painter finish each tile. The tiles are affixed to the wall with tin tile glue.
A symmetrical arrangement of furniture kept the focus on the accent wall yet prevented it from overwhelming the room. Magon balanced out the tin with lots of soft textures on the bed, a shag area rug and calm light gray paint on the other walls. Brass tables add a warm metal to the mix. The designer dubbed the style “industrial comfort.”
Each matching tile received the same faux paint treatment in its own color. There are six paint colors for the six tile patterns, finished with a blackening antique effect. “The antique finish kept it from looking too cold and modern,” Magon says.
Beyond the appropriate 24-inch by 24-inch scale of the tiles, several factors made the wall dynamic and interesting without looking too busy:
1) Limiting the palette to six colors and painting each matching pattern the same way.
2) Using different scales of tile patterns (6-inch pattern repeats, 12-inch pattern repeats and the wreath design, which takes up the entire 24 by 24 inches).
3) Composing the tiles on a simple square grid pattern.
4) Carefully composing the different colors and scales.
Natural light from the balcony doors and the window bounces off the textured wall.
“It was really easy to do, it was inexpensive, and the homeowner and I both loved the final look,” Magon says. “I would love to do it again, but that would take away from my client’s experience of having a unique original design, so I won’t.”
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