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7 ways to use tiles

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Tiles can be used to decorate your home and make it more functional. They come in multiple colours and textures, delivering a range of looks. A popular D.I.Y. project, tiling is also a great way to protect surfaces like walls and floors from moisture and stains.

From building furniture to tiling a splashback, Bunnings Workshop members have shared many ways to use tiles in different parts of their homes.

Get inspired by the examples below and let us know if you have any questions.


1. Tile your splashback


Tiles are commonly used to protect walls in busy and moisture-rich areas like kitchens and laundries. Dina and Jake (@dinaandjake) included a stunning mosaic tiled splashback while updating their laundry.


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Experienced Workshop member Pete (@ProjectPete) shares step-by-step instructions on How to tile a splashback.


2. Tile your wall


Add a touch of style in your home by tiling your walls. Workshop member @Justlucky2k2 tiled their bathroom walls in a monochrome design, creating a striking look.


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Our collection of tiling projects for bathroom, kitchen and laundry contains more inspiring ideas.


3. Build furniture


Tiles are also great for building different types of furniture, like tables. Laura (@lauraahearn) built a mosaic plinth side table made out of smashed terrazzo tiles. 




You can also use tiles to add interest and character to existing furniture. Inspired by European wall patterns and designs, Mariana (@lifestylebymari) created this mosaic tile table by upcycling a discarded table. 


4. Tile your floor

Tiled floors are durable and easy to maintain. Leanne (@craftyhopper) used classic and textured white tiles on her bathroom floor in this budget makeover.



The Bunnings guide How to lay floor tiles is useful for anyone about to embark on a tiling project.


5. Tile an outdoor area


Tiles can help create an attractive and low-maintenance entry or outdoor area. Community member @LaCasaDIY opted to use light terrazzo tiles while giving their outdoor area a Mediterranean-inspired makeover, brightening up the space.


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 Don’t miss this step-by-step guide to tiling an outdoor area by Adam Woodhams (@Adam_W).


6. Make accessories 


You can make good use of leftover tiles by creating accessories like coasters and placemats. In this quick and easy project, Shannon (@shannonrennison) used sealant and paint to turn small white tiles into decorative coasters.




The Bunnings team has shared detailed instructions on How to create mosaic tiles for anyone looking to do something similar. 


7. Create a mosaic


Using tiles to create a mosaic can be an easy way to add character to your home. Julie (@Julieg9426)'s first-ever mosaic project led to an impressive finish.




Don't miss these handy tips on How to get started with mosaic projects.

Advice for your D.I.Y. tiling projects

New or refreshed tiles can make a big difference to your home.


The Bunnings team has shared several comprehensive guides that can help with your tiling project. These include How to prepare for tiling and How to seal grout.

Need more help with your tiling project?

The Bunnings Workshop community can assist with further inspiration and advice for installing or refreshing your tiles. Don’t hesitate to start a discussion and tell us what you would like to achieve. We’re here to help.


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