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Hive Wall Accents: Considerations and Design Ideas

May 3, 2018

There are few things that bring more depth and interest to an interior design than a three dimensional tile.. This is particularly true when these materials are used as an accent wall to help call attention to an area in a room, create a focal point, or become a backdrop to other pieces of the room’s design.

One material that accomplishes all of this with ease is the Hive tiles from Realstone Systems. This revolutionary stone product is made from a blend of marble dust, travertine dust, and resin cut into dimensional hexagons with a texture of natural wood, hatch or chiseled pattern. These unique wall tiles alternate between concave and convex and are installed together to create a 3D effect in the room which is sure to gather everyone’s attention.

Size of the Accent Wall

When using a unique three dimensional material like the Hive tiles in your home, placement is an important consideration. The uniquely-shaped tiles are meant to be joined together to create a repeating pattern that fools the eye into creating visual depth and space on the wall.

This type of design can be used anywhere in the home, but it makes the most sense when used in an area large enough to appreciate the spatial pattern it creates. For example, a full accent wall behind the couch in the living room or on a floor to ceiling fireplace will allow the pattern to achieve its full effect, while a small accent behind a sink may not get the same results.

Edging the Material

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Like many wall coverings, the Hive tiles  can be cut to fit the edges of the placement, but they don’t have to be. The edges of the tiles can be left exposed, because unlike many ceramic materials, Hive tiles have pigmentation all the way through.

For this reason, the material can give you a wider range of effects for a wall. One example would be to create an abstract shape on the wall using the tiles, letting the edges be freeform, rather than squared off.

If desired, however, the material could be edged in pencil trim tile or chair rail  in a variety of materials, including wood, stone, or glass to create a picture frame that calls further attention to the unique design. This type of arrangement works best if you are surrounding the area around the Hive tiles with another material and want to set the pattern apart more clearly.


Arranging the Tiles

When placed beside one another in one direction, the Hive tiles form the shape of a box. Set in another direction, they seem to step back into the wall like a shelf. While you can simply repeat the same arrangement or pattern over the entire surface to create a design, it’s also possible to occasionally mix the pattern up to get even more interesting results.

Design Ideas

The things you can do with Hive tiles are nearly endless when you consider the many areas in the home the accents can be placed on. These three design ideas can give you a view of what may be possible.

1. Fireplace Surround

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This Hive fireplace surround in Barnwood shows off the type of three-dimensional design that’s possible when the tiles are all arranged in the same direction. When the pattern repeats this way, it almost jumps off the wall to create a very dynamic look in the room.

2. Freeform Design

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This Hive accent wall in Etched Cream creates a very different type of look. Rather than filling the entire wall, the tiles take on a freeform shape, with the pattern changing slightly throughout the placement. This creates a visual push and pull that can be nearly hypnotic to view. The free form arrangement is interesting enough to be used in place of a piece of art

3. Shower Surround

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Sometimes accent walls don’t have to be in the center of a room. This shower surround uses Hive Driftwood to create a serene and relaxing atmosphere in the bathroom. Paired with other stone and wood tiles, the repeating pattern creates a softly undulating design across the bathroom walls that is sure to lure people in closer. Due to their stone dust and resin composition the Hive tiles are non porous and can easily be used in a shower installation  with no additional maintenance, unlike natural wood.

Create the Perfect Accent Wall

Hive accent wall tiles are the perfect addition to any space that needs both a focal point and a little more dimension to be complete. Consider adding them to any room of your home to get the design boost you’re looking for.