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Colorful tile can liven a boring space

January 11, 2009|By SUSAN FORNOFF / San Francisco Chronicla

It's not that hard to install a tile backsplash, shower surround, countertop or floor yourself. Many a DIY book or Web site can explain how. That doesn't stop us from making mistakes, however. Here are a few ways to solve problems with tile, courtesy of GlassTileStore.com founder Eli Mechlovitz:

· Avoid large tiles in a small space; instead, consider mosaics (they create depth) and iridescents (they bounce light).

· Ride to the rescue of dark, windowless spaces with iridescent white tiles to create vibrancy.

· Update a traditional-feeling space that has a lot of wood with tile in browns and golds.

· Get wild and crazy to infuse a boring space with style; think about small rectangles, "jelly bean" tile and pebble-shaped tile.

· It's trendy to mix colors and also textiles, including glass, stone and mirror.

Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.scrippsnews.com.

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