Really ugly tile jobs…is it me??

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cheryl clendenon

Owner and Lead Designer at In Detail Interiors
My name is Cheryl Kees Clendenon, a California transplant to Northwest Florida. Been in the interior design business for 14 years and learn something new every day! This blog is about the day to day running of a design business and the crazy clients, silly subs, vexing vendors and exasperating employees! Join us for the ride!

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I do not think this is going to be a long winded post. I will let the pictures tell the tale of yuck. And, here is the kicker: Most of these are new projects! I do not think they saw or cared about my post on “Just say no to tumbled marble! either.  As a designer, there is always a client who really loves something that is just not quite working. The key is to be able to give a client what they want yet work it so that the overall look is not compromised. Sometimes it is a material issue, sometimes a composition issue and often can be simply a bad installation. Because of this, we always try to insist on our own tile installers. Everyone is happy in the long run.
Do you have a picture of one of the worst tile jobs you have seen? Share it with me!

This might be captioned ” and then i went in the shower and threw up” I think it looks like a tile coffin and sized about the same too. The cathedral niches fit the theme. Death.

ok, so what is the thing sticking out in the middle?And off subject, but why is the inside of the hood white?? The accent here is gratitous..at best.

Is this for a life sized game of chess? or checkers? or am I missing something?

This looks to me like there was a sale at the local “tiles r us” store…..This really is a problem with composition. A serious problem. By themselves, some of these materials might have worked ok.  Maybe.

Do you think they ran out when they got to the shower floor?

Let’s put the wild horses back in the barn where they belong.

Ok, some might say this is not so bad….but they would not be any of the design folks I hang around. Did a big box retailer design this I wonder?  Whose idea was it to put the accent deco in the MIDDLE of the diagonal tle? It would not have saved this one but at least it could have been in between the diagonal set tile and the tile on the square. And can we send all these liner decos to somewhere far far away?

It is entirely possible that my love for gray could be over after seeing this.

oh my, oh my. Tell me some one did not really do this.

17 Comments to "Really ugly tile jobs…is it me??"

  1. Oh God! These “Michaelangelo” designed U-G-L-Y tile installations bring back memories of a total meltdown I had when a gorgeous kitchen showroom display I designed was totally trashed with a muckity-muck tile installation that took place between the owner of the showroom and the tile “artiste” installer. It was a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a whole lot of “F-U-G-L-Y”!

  2. Oh dear, seen too many like these. I hate to see the tile squished between the cabinets and the boring 3″ granite splash. Looks like an afterthought! Now the wild horses, maybe on my ranch, yes, but perhaps not in the shower!

  3. Are they not hysterical? I feel bad though when people purchase some things and no one advises them on the EXECUTION…it is not so much a product issue (although I would not design with any of these materials) but really how the jobs are executed. Ok, so if you want horses in your shower….go for it…but don’t try to sell the house to anyone else! Most people will not like it!

  4. There’s nothing worse than ugly tile!!

  5. Well, OK, tile. In a way I’m almost afraid to get into this one, because you guys have such sharp views on tile, but on the other hand…

    I love, love, love tile. I think it is the most glorious thing a body can do for a home. But what I especially like is the tile I have found in my many jaunts overseas (on the Internet, of course!). Some of my choices, I know, are not yours, but, that’s what makes the world go round. In the end, I’m not sure there really is an absolute right and wrong when it comes to design. There is, I hasten to say, an absolute when it comes to the installation of tile. A botched job is an absolute crime against nature, for which the penalty should be nothing less than flogging!

    Anyway, I have written some thirty or forty blogs on tile, but my absolute favorite, I think, was one I wrote in November. This is the URL for those who may be interested:

    http://cft411.com/2009/11/16/casapiu/

    Unfortunately, this is an Italian tile, but if there is any way of getting it to the USA, I mean to get it here when I remodel my bathroom. I would love to tear out that pathetic, tract-style shower/tub combination and replace it with a custom shower that incorporates these tiles, with a glass shower door in front of it.

  6. Nightmares, all of it. I think I find examples such as yours offensive because I love tile so much.

    Here’s the worst one I’ve ever seen: http://www.kitchenandresidentialdesign.com/2009/04/dont-do-this.html

  7. Yeah, that first photo looks like an ode to European catacombs.

  8. Ah…joseph…good looking stuff…strong details but nice! Those dang Italians really know how to work it! I do LOOOOVVVEE tile also and that is why is sort of sad to see poorly executed projects. For me, tumbled marble is way gone but I know some people still like it…ok, so that is fine… I get paid to design not to do the same thing everyone else does:) but, please you have to wonder how the execution got so WRONG in these pix!

  9. Oh my!! There needs to be an “f” in front of ugly. They are THAT bad. Wow… Seriously what IS that thing thing in the kitchen back splash above the stove?
    Maybe some of these people found some design tile on Craig’s List and this is what happens when there isn’t enough material to do the job, it becomes a tile disaster.

    WOW, seriously I am shocked…..LOVE your short but hilarious descriptions. Your sense of humor rocks.

  10. Thanks Laura! I think you are right though..people have got to quit being penny wise and pound foolish…some of these jobs cost some money. Keep it simple and let the materials speak for themselves!

  11. Hilarious, and so true. These mishaps are some of my own pet peeves! If I never see “Tuscan inspired” tumbled marble messes again it would be too soon. Thanks for sharing.

    • Gawd! Isn’t it the truth? In my area, it is still popular but I keep coming up with ideas as alternatives…the thing is….what does Tuscan (or French Country or whatever) mean to YOU? That is the hard part…the style is so nebulous. But, I am tired of the overdone look. My sister in law ( Nat are you reading this???) in Atlanta sent me pix of the tumbled marble with same border EVERYONE has …she wanted to put in her kitchen splash. I booked a flight the next day up to Atlanta……

  12. Hilarious!! Between your ugly tile install post and my death to glass blocks post, maybe we are developing a new website concept! We could title it Really?.com or putdownthediymanual.com

    • Oh geesh…I have to go read the death to glass blocks post right now! I just murdered two…and people ( and some designers!!) still recommend them!!! NOOOOOO. Ok, though…maybe we should have a new blog! I LOVE Really? esp from point of view of architect and designer in joint forces!! I bet Paul would join in….

  13. Hysterical! This reminds me a bit of the blog called moggitgirls–they make fun of ugly furniture. Have you seen it? It’s pretty funny.
    So, I think there’s definitely a place for a blog solely about bad tile jobs as well. Speaking of which, on my blog Tile Style, I recently wrote a post on “What not to do” which is not-so-great tile with a HORRIFIC installation. Makes your skin crawl. Check it out: http://letstalktile.blogspot.com/2010/04/what-not-to-do.html
    Might not be as bad as the ode-to-tombs shower you posted, but still… Sometimes subtly off is more disturbing than when the bad is in your face.

    • Zoe- Don’t you just wish you knew what was going through peoples minds when they do things like this?
      Thank you for visiting the blog!

  14. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this short article together. I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

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