Spring 2021 One Room Challenge™ Reveal – Part 1

We’re thrilled to reveal the first four of eight total spaces that we sponsored during the Spring 2021 One Room Challenge™! From creating custom tile patterns to utilizing one-of-a-kind layouts, we are beyond inspired by the design expertise these featured designers showcased in just eight short weeks. Prepare to swoon over some spectacular before-and-afters, and make sure to keep an eye out for Part 2 of reveals coming soon!

Bari J Designs

We’re kicking things off with a bathroom transformation that has a major wow factor completed by Bari Ackerman of Bari J Designs. Dubbing it her Deco Dreams Primary Bathroom, Bari turned this everyday bathroom into a true work of art through intricate tile design, playful colors, and a balance of unique shapes.

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Before photo of Bari’s primary bathroom.

Can you believe this is the same space?! Complete with tiled arches, a fluted vanity, and Bari’s signature floral decor, this bathroom is a whimsical dream. Featuring our Imperial Ivory Matte Hex and Imperial Pink Gloss Hex, the artistic backsplash takes center stage and displays incredible craftsmanship.

I wanted this room to have somewhat of an art deco feel with the arches…This room is really all about the shapes and color.


Knowing she wanted the design to play off of shape, Bari chose the small hexagon tiles for the way they contrast the curves of the arches, mirrors, and lighting fixtures while still reading round overall.

While it would be easy to assume the pink arches are simply painted, it’s clear in the detail shot below just how precisely each of the pink and white hexagons were cut and installed in order to line up perfectly with one another.

To border the lower half of the bathroom walls, Bari chose our classic Imperial Ivory Matte subway tile – with a twist. Using unconventional grout lines–running thicker horizontally and thinner vertically–she was able to achieve added dimension and visual interest. We love the unique style!

For more subway tile tips and design ideas, visit our blog.

To follow along with more of Bari’s interior design work, visit her website!

Dressing Rooms Interiors Studio

After 14 years of living in her home, Ariene Bethea of Dressing Rooms Interiors Studio decided it was time for a full kitchen refresh, with the goal of creating a space that felt sleek, modern and clean. No surprise – she totally hit the mark!

Before photos of Ariene’s kitchen.

A classic for a reason, Ariene utilized a black and white color palette for her updated kitchen. To create striking contrast against the deep black cabinetry, she chose our crisp Herringbone Gloss White mosaic for her backsplash, turning it diagonally for a more contemporary look.

Learn all about designing with black and white tile on our blog!

It was important to balance the black cabinets with enough white elements, so I selected a herringbone mosaic from The Tile Shop. The clean, modern and simple design feels fresh, yet timeless.


To emphasize the dimension featured in the herringbone pattern, Ariene used a whisper gray gout color that also pulled out the beautiful grey hues in the quartz countertop.

Stunning brass details sprinkled throughout the space provide the perfect amount of warmth and glamour!

Visit Ariene’s website to keep up with all things Dressing Rooms Interiors Studio.

Racheal Jackson of Banyan Bridges

After leaving the kitchen area in her basement mostly untouched since moving into her house four years ago, Racheal Jackson of Banyan Bridges knew it was finally time for an update. She yearned for a space that felt warm, playful, and cozy – perfect for family and friends to gather in. We were thrilled to sponsor Racheal throughout this challenge and help bring her vision to life!

Before photo of Racheal’s basement kitchen.

Say hello to Racheal’s new basement kitchen! We absolutely adore the creativity displayed in this space, especially when it comes to the checkerboard backsplash.

Interestingly enough, Racheal’s original design called for an all-grey backsplash using our Riad Grey ceramic tile. After reviewing the space, however, she realized it needed more white elements incorporated for balance and brightness. Racheal came back to us with an updated design idea – to create a custom checkerboard layout using both Riad Grey and Riad White, which we were absolutely delighted about!

colorful kitchen and dining space with checkerboard tiled backsplash and green cabinets
Featuring: Riad Grey and Riad White. Design and photography by Banyan Bridges.

The Riad tiles feature beautiful texture and color variation from piece to piece, giving them an authentic handmade look. Explore our full selection of handmade-look tile on our website!

To play off of the grey and white tiles, Racheal painted the floor of her dining area with a similar checkerboard pattern in coordinating colors. It’s such a unique design element that really pulls the space together!

colorful kitchen with checkerboard tiled backsplash and wooden dining set
Featuring: Riad Grey and Riad White. Design and photography by Banyan Bridges.

I’m so deeply in love with this backsplash. It’s playful and adds so much life to a kitchen that could have felt a little too mature for my taste. This keeps the kitchen fresh and adds new life to the antique appliances and furniture in the space.


For a roundup of 10 customer backsplashes we love, head to our blog!

white and grey checkerboard tile backsplash with green cabinets
Featuring: Riad Grey and Riad White. Design and photography by Banyan Bridges.

Stay up to date with all of Racheal’s creative endeavors by visiting her website!

Susan Hill Interior Design

Since moving into a brand new home nine years ago, Susan Hill of Susan Hill Interior Design has worked to make it a place that feels like a true reflection of her and her family. When asking her daughters what space they’d prefer she redesigned for this season of One Room Challenge™, they both immediately agreed on the playroom. Once fitting for the girls’ childhood, the dated space was no longer functional for the now-teenagers. Susan knew this was the perfect opportunity to create a tech-friendly gaming room that was warm and relaxing for the entire family to spend time in.

pink kids playroom with gallery wall
Before photo of Susan’s Game Room.

The result? This fabulously fun gaming room, complete with a snack bar, LED lighting, and all the charging stations her kids could ever need for their electronics!

When it came to the room’s color palette, Susan incorporated a variety of monochromatic hues to create a soothing atmosphere, while grounding the space with charcoal grey accents.

Have you ever seen a cuter snack bar?!

One of the biggest items on her kids’ gaming room wishlist, this chic little snack nook is complete with a beverage fridge, floating shelves, and a playful backsplash featuring our Terrazo Bianco Macro porcelain tile.

Displaying a lively blend of black, pastel, and neutral hues, this terrazzo-look tile complements the space’s color scheme while adding just the right amount of movement and dimension.

Design by Susan Hill Interior Design. Photography by Dustin Peck Photography.

Follow more of Susan’s gorgeous design projects by visiting her website!

Be sure to keep an eye out for the final four reveals of the Spring 2021 One Room Challenge™ coming soon! If you’re itching for more design inspiration in the meantime, head over to our Customer Room Gallery or check out our Instagram to see our tile in real spaces.

Looking to start a new project but not sure where to begin? Schedule a Free Design Consultation with one of our tile experts to help answer any questions and simplify the process!

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