Is It Wallpaper? Is It Wood? 15 Reasons to Look Twice at Tile

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Ceramic tile, as one miffed Italian told me at tile trade show Cersaie in Bologna, is an underrated construction material in the U.S. We tend to reduce it to activities in the kitchen or bathroom. And that's too bad, since with a little attention to the details, tile can be darn green: As Building Green (PDF) tells us, "tile is an inherently low-toxic, water-proof, durable finish material for flooring, walls, and other applications."

One of the biggest trends at this fair, which I attended as the guest of Ceramic Tiles of Italy, was tile incognito, or tile that just didn't look like tile. Think that's wallpaper in this living room shot? Actually, it's the glass Austere from Trend Group.

Photo courtesy of Trend Group