Home Decorator's Tile Bible: A Complete Guide to Using and Choosing Tiles

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A comprehensive handbook for maximizing the decorative and practical power of tiles.

Endlessly versatile and available in a huge range of materials and finishes, tiles are an increasingly popular choice for home decorators. This handy book is a comprehensive guide to the types of tiles that are available, from ceramic and glass to terracotta, slate, marble and metal.

In The Home Decorator's Tile Bible, Morwenna Brett includes the history of ...

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Overview

A comprehensive handbook for maximizing the decorative and practical power of tiles.

Endlessly versatile and available in a huge range of materials and finishes, tiles are an increasingly popular choice for home decorators. This handy book is a comprehensive guide to the types of tiles that are available, from ceramic and glass to terracotta, slate, marble and metal.

In The Home Decorator's Tile Bible, Morwenna Brett includes the history of tiles, explains how they are manufactured, and discusses associated products such as adhesives and grouts.

The main section of the book is the tile directory, which includes over 800 beautifully photographed tile samples representing a vast range of colors, patterns, textures, finishes, shapes, sizes and applications. Readers can turn to the color scheme that interests them and then view a selection of tiles in a wide range of materials. Each tile is described according to:

  • Type
  • Cost
  • Application (indoor, outdoor, wall, floor, bathroom, kitchen, patio, fireplace, swimming pool)
  • Slip and scratch resistance.

Also included is a detailed color wheel and additional information on trims and accessories, making this a definitive guide for homeowners and professionals. The lie-flat concealed wirobinding makes it easy to use whether on the job, at the design table, browsing in a store or home center, or just relaxing in an easy chair.

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Editorial Reviews

Ottawa Sun
London-based interior designer Morwena Brett offers five tips for determining which tiles are suitable for your intended use.
— CTW Features
Log Home Design
Fear not -- [Brett] has some tips for incorporating succesful tile design in a log home.
— Donna Peak
Times Union (Albany NY)
The book offers step-by-step instructions explaining how to achieve your desired results.
— Martha Phifer
The Calgary Herald
From floors, walls and ceilings to your front walkway, there are tiles and layout options to suit every taste.
— Peter Wilson, Canwest
The Globe and Mail
Brett covers everything from terra cotta and porcelain to metallics and glass to marble and leather.
— Cecily Ross
Baltimore Sun
Solid advice.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
With more than 800 photos detailing the versatility of tiles -- they come in a variety of materials, colors, patterns and finishes -- the book offers step-by-step instructions.
blogs.denverpost.com
Brett encourages readers to create design focal points with tile. "Once you start looking," she says, "the choice is dazzling."
— Elena Jefferson
Chicago Tribune
With more than 800 photos detailing the versatility of tiles...the book offers step-by-step instructions explaining how to achieve the desired results.
— Martha Phifer
Grand Magazine (Kitchener ON)
Comprehensive and delightful, [the book] will convince readers and designers alike to reconsider tiles' practical and decorative purposes.... Readers will enjoy the breadth of colours, styles and textures in more than 800 photos at their fingertips.... Design mavens will enjoy the aesthetic pointers and environmentally sound advice, while those just discovering the possibilities of tiles will benefit from guidance on everything from budgeting and patterns to concept development.
Ottawa Sun - CTW Features
Follow sound advice when choosing floor, wall and decorative tiles -- choosing based on just color or size can lead to extra work and extra headaches. London-based interior designer Morwena Brett offers five tips for determining which tiles are suitable for your intended use.
Times Union (Albany NY) - Martha Phifer
With more than 800 photos detailing the versatility of tiles...the book offers step-by-step instructions explaining how to achieve the desired results.
blogs.denverpost.com - Elena Jefferson
Morweena Prett encourages readers to create design focal points with tile. "Once you start looking," she says, "the choice is dazzling." Her step-by-step book is thematically organized by color and outlines patterns, types of tile, aesthetic inspiration, finishes, accents and more.
Log Home Design - Donna Peak
Fear not -- [Brett] has some tips for incorporating succesful tile design in a log home.
The Daily News, Kamloops; Times-Colonist; Vancouve - Peter Wilson
Brett covers just about every area of tile use and design... From floors, walls and ceilings to your front walkway, there are tiles and layout options to suit every taste. Looking for that original pattern and texture to match your own unique personality? Just flip through this book.
The Globe and Mail - Cecily Ross
Brett covers everything from terra cotta and porcelain to metallics and glass to marble and leather, discussing the advantage and disadvantages of each as well as the finishes and the relative cost.... Who knows, maybe [the book] will inspire you to finally take up a trowel and tackle that backsplash yourself.
Library Journal

Former interior designer Brett has compiled a handbook that will give both amateurs and experienced designers the knowledge needed to select and skillfully use tile in home interiors. The book gives an overview of patterns created with tile, the use of tile in various rooms, and the types of tile available, e.g., ceramic, cork, and metallic, but its real strength is its presenting hundreds of color photographs showing the variety of tile grouped by color with examples of use. Care tips, a list of suppliers, and well-illustrated instructions round out the information. Recommended for public libraries.
—Gayle A. Williamson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554073641
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/23/2008
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Morwenna Brett ran an interior design firm in London, which led to a career in writing and broadcasting. She has also worked for product manufacturers and as a consultant on style and color trends.

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