7 Inspirational Applications for Decorative Tile at Rancho Soleo Model Homes

Using decorative tile in unexpected areas of the home is one of our favorite growing interior design trends at Design Tec. Accent tiles that were once reserved for kitchen or bathroom backsplashes are now featured in every room of the home. In our recent model home installation at Rancho Soleo for TRI Pointe Homes in Temecula, we took advantage of this trend to add texture and pattern to a variety of unanticipated surfaces. Today we’re rounding up these images so you might find design inspiration for your own home!


1) Step by Step

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Rancho Soleo by TRI Pointe Homes – Cassis P1 Entryway. Photography: Tsutsumida Pictures

The geometric-patterned accent tile creatively used on the riser of the stairway at the entry of this model home immediately grabs the attention of guests as they arrive. In this modern Spanish style home with bright white walls, smooth wood floors, and dark ceiling beams, the tile’s unique pattern creates an updated twist on a Mediterranean style architectural element.


2) Bold and Neutral

A full backsplash that wraps around the kitchen at Cassis at Rancho Soleo in Temecula, California.

Rancho Soleo by TRI Pointes Homes – Cassis P1 Kitchen. Photography: Tsutsumida Pictures

A decorative, full backsplash that wraps around the length of the kitchen adds a dramatic focal point to a neutral kitchen. The bronze tone cabinet hardware and decorative pendants were selected to intentionally complement the color and texture of the backsplash. The tile chosen here echoes the tile in the entry in color and style of the home without being too close to a match.


3) Marble Spa Bath

The master bathroom at Rancho Soleo features different types of luxurious marble bath tile.

Rancho Soleo by TRI Pointe Homes – Cerro P2 Master Bathroom. Photography: Tsutsumida Pictures

This master bathroom is a soothing grey and white masterpiece. Calacatta marble tile used in different shapes and sizes is consistent on the floors, walls, and on the shower walls. We love the mosaic shower wall tile, as it gives interest and defines the space of the shower. Imagine creating a spa experience like this to enjoy every day!


4) Playing with Pattern

The community club room called Casa Cielo at Rancho Soleo by TRI Pointe Homes. Rec Center interior design by Design Tec Inc

Rancho Soleo by TRI Pointe Homes – Casa Cielo. Photography: Tsutsumida Pictures

Casa Cielo is the community clubhouse at Rancho Soleo where residents gather with family and friends to celebrate special occasions, watch sporting events, and take a dip in the pool. The patterned backsplash in the kitchen space seen here illustrates the fun spirit of entertaining with warm tones to create an inviting ambiance. You can see the Spanish influence of the architecture in this tile and in the overall theme of the space. This wall tile is the perfect conversation-starter.


5) Splash of Color

The kitchen island features a splash of ocean blue decorative tile that is as unexpected as it is beautiful.

Rancho Soleo by TRI Pointe Homes – Cava P1 Kitchen. Photography: Tsutsumida Pictures

The unexpected tile in this gorgeous modern kitchen screams, “Made you look!” Flipping the script on traditional design concepts inspired the turquoise hexagon mosaic to show up on the kitchen island of this model home, adding a bright pop of color and a coastal vibe. Kitchen islands are the focal point of an open concept kitchen, so we thought we’d dress this one up in style!


6) Floor Accents

We added some interest to the floor of this spacious master bathroom with a decorative tile by Dal Tile.

Rancho Soleo by TRI Pointes Homes – Cerro P5 Master Bathroom. Photography: Tsutsumida Pictures

This rather spacious master bathroom at Cerro at Rancho Soleo presented an opportunity to create a pattern in the bath floor, adding interest in an otherwise neutral space.


7) Wood-Look

The two-story loft wall features a ceramic wood-look tile by Dal Tile.

Rancho Soleo by TRI Pointe Homes – Cassis P2 Great Room. Photography: Tsutsumida Pictures

In this two-story Great Room, we created this epic accent wall with a gorgeous wood-look ceramic tile. This innovative alternative to real wood offers a much less expensive and effective end result, while still giving that modern rustic aesthetic we were going for in Temecula.

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