It is said that people love having lots of choice but hate to choose,  This can ring especially true when shopping for tiles for your new build or reno.  It quickly becomes apparent that the options are seemingly endless. Thousands of colours, shapes, and sizes crowd showrooms, making the task of selecting your favourite overwhelming to say the least.

This overabundance of choice is why we rely on the “little black dress” of tiles – the hexagon.  Classic and elegant, the “hex ” tile is available in so many different sizes, colours and textures, it’s no wonder it is one of our favourites.

This week on the blog, we take a peek at some projects in which we used hex tile – sometimes in a very classic way and sometimes with an innovative twist.


Principal Designer Reena and Senior Designer Alanna check out the newly installed hex floor tile in the mudroom at the Maillot Show Home in the new Silverhorn neighbourhood in Calgary.  We chose to do a field floor of white oversized hexagon tiles with pops of gray tiles and black grout for contrast (as well as helping to hide stains).  To see more photos from this gorgeous home, search #MaillotShowHome on social media.


corea-sotropa-interior-design-hex-tile-image-3These shots are from the master bathroom of a home we designed in Sylvan Lake. We chose to tile the entire bathroom floor in beautiful carrara marble hexagon tiles to create a clean and classic look.  White tiles also really help to make a pedi pop!  To see more photos from this project search the hashtag #CSIDSylvanLake.


LOVE this laundry room floor!  We wanted to add a strong graphic of colour to this space and these cute hex tiles from Daltile proved to be just the thing we need.  This pattern is shown as an inset detail, with surrounding 2” gray square tiles.


This is the shower floor of a lovely and elegant master bathroom we designed.  We selected this particular marble hex tile for the variations in colour.  A small 1” hex tile was chosen so the pattern didn’t overwhelm the smaller space.  Even the shower drain is dramatic!  To see more photos from this project search the hashtag #CSIDHamptons on social media.


A shot of the installation  of the mosaic tile going in around the bar at Tommyfield Gastro Pub in Calgary.  We wanted to create a really strong black and white graphic, and hex tiles gave us the ability to zig-zag the pattern.  We’ll drink to that!


Look kind of familiar?  We loved this detail so much that we re-interpreted it for the laundry room at the new Maillot Show Home in Silverhorn.  This inset floor detail was used to give the laundry room some pop.  We think that creating bold or colourful graphic details in utility spaces can make even the dreary task of laundry a little more cheerful!


Great behind the scenes shot of a mudroom floor being installed.  The clients were up to a bold choice to liven up the mudroom, and we rose to the challenge!   We chose to create a diagonal strip through the space using alternating black and white 1” hexagon tiles. Stunning!

Styles and fads come and go in interior finishing, just as they do in fashion design.  But as these pictures prove –  you can never go wrong with a little black dress!

The Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for their sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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