What’s on Your Playlist? Design Inspired by Music

Music is inspirational, therapeutic, motivational. It is the driving force behind many writers, athletes, and designers, just to start. Take for example Lin-Manuel Miranda, widely known for creating and starring in Hamilton.  Clearly, music is important to him – he even shared his own playlist for conquering writers block. Cool idea, right?

This got us thinking about our own playlists. What songs are we listening to now? What songs are inspiring our day-to-day, from getting ready in the morning to enjoying an endorphin boosting workout? And what’s more, how do we design the spaces around us to help complement our moods and boost our spirit?

Take a read below for 5 different ways we are letting our favorite music inspire our tile selections. We’ve included a matching playlist as well, just for fun.

Heart of the Home

Image courtesy of Sonoma Tilemakers. Product is Euphoria, flask shape, After Midnight glaze color. Don’t miss the tile peeking through the glass front upper cabinets!

A kitchen is a place for gathering. It is where you show your love through creating great food for others, experiment with new recipes, and let your creative side shine.

This kitchen makes us feel like we are in a little gem; something special. The glaze of the wall ceramic has such depth in part to how it’s made. The Raku glazing process literally sets the tile on fire, creating little pieces of art, each with their own identity. 

Not sure about you, but we like to sing as we are cooking — really belt out some tunes like it’s our last chance to do so – EVER. We felt like Lady Gaga fits the bill just perfectly for this glam kitchen, with a little bit of Tony Bennett thrown in to give it a jazzy spin. Check out their version of Cheek to Cheek, the first song on our playlist.


Close-up of After Midnight glaze color. Notice the swirls and colors in the tile. We think the blue island is a perfect complement to the slight blue hues that are emerging from the backsplash.  

A Space for Play

Spaces for children often lend themselves to fun, colorful designs with a lot of whimsy thrown in. Tile for these areas should not be an exception – in fact, we have some stunning tile that will become the star vs the supporting role. Either in glass or stone, the patterns and custom color options are youthful and dynamic, fit for any children’s area.  

And what music are we enjoying while evoking our inner child? Elizabeth Mitchell.  She has been recording children’s music for over 20 years. With her soothing voice and dashes of folk, her songs are a must for any parent’s playlist. The next song is Little Bird, Little Bird.

Images courtesy of New Ravenna. Products are from the Kiddo Collection – The glass tile mosaic is Otomi, the stone tile mosaic is Creature of the Night.

A Place to Recharge

Our bathroom. A place to escape and take a warm bath or a soothing shower. A place to decompress and recharge. Our diesel wall tile is a perfect complement to both porcelain and stone and can help create calm (install horizontal) or energy (install vertical) in the space. Place behind the vanity or freestanding tub to create a feature wall.

What’s also great about this textured ceramic tile? We stock it in 3 colors, so you are guaranteed to find one to fit your mood.

Product Image is Diesel Ribbed Oxide in Metal Rusty color.

While spending time in this space, we enjoy something instrumental with a modern twist. The band Eklipse, a German-based string quartet, is exactly what we need at a moment like this. Listen to their cover of Clocks, Coldplay’s hit song.  

Night Out

Tonight is date night. Your all dressed up and feeling great. You’re in the mood for dark, smoky colors, high contrasting metals, and some glam. This bathroom is all that and more. We are loving the hand-cut stone mosaic floor in a combination of honed Nero Maquina, honed Allure, and polished Dolomite.

Image courtesy of New Ravenna and House of Brinson. Product is the Euclid Mosaic. Want to know more about this space? Check out the House of Brinson blog

This image strikes us as a place we want to visit, yet we feel like we have been there before. It’s traditional with a twist, reminiscent of the past – a little like some of our own relationships. As for the music? Feminine and French, with some history itself. Carla Bruni is our choice. She has an interesting story, and her song Quelqu’un m’a dit is all about potential love.

Peace of Mind

Yoga is a time to stretch, tone up, reset your body and your mind. It’s a time to be alone, or with other like-minded yogis. As for the setting, it’s held in places of nature, or at least with natural elements in the environment.  

Our immediate response to tile in a yoga studio is of stone – a material derived from the earth, with all of its beauty and depth. But we took it up a notch and selected stone reminiscent of Bamboo stalks, adding even more visual interest with shadows, textures, and movement. This tile is interlocking and looks great installed horizontal, too.  

One of our favorite songs to soothe our senses and transport us to a place of peace is from Jesse Kalu. His song Storm was created with Native style flutes made of Bamboo from Sedona Arizona. Check it out the next time you are ready for an escape from the daily grind.

Image courtesy of Island Stone. Product is the Crescent Interlock in Sandstone Mint color.

So, what’s YOUR playlist of the moment?

What are you listening to now – to help you handle the daily commute, while at the gym, or while entertaining?  We would love to hear what inspires you.

Interested in any of the products shown above?  We welcome you to come visit us in any of our 5 showrooms.


Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to help advise on tile design. Visit one of our MD or VA tile showrooms for a free tile design consultation.

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