I’m a fan of peel and stick tiles. We have an unfinished edge just under our bar area and I peeled and stuck some really cool marble-looking tiles there, so now if you sit on the couch, you can’t see the ugliness. Gordon liked it so much, he suggested we do more as a backsplash. So I was browsing the peel and stick tiles while on the phone with Blue Cross Blue Shield (we moved so we need a new pcp, and they have managed to assign us a pcp who didn’t take new patients 5 times so far.) Most of the tile looked okay, and then I came across this.
What is this? Where would you possibly apply these? Any room that could reasonably be used as book storage would not have tile in it. Also there is no variation in the tile itself. When you go to the link, check out some other pictures.
I am at a loss.
A really gaudy bathroom
Tiger Lily says
Yes, the bathroom…. that is often thought of as the auxiliary “reading room.”
Don’t know but I like it
I have a feeling those tiles will end up in the clearance section.
I completely agree!
And that might be too good for them.
trailing wife says
Oh my goodness, yes! But oddly enough, my parents had that gorgeous midcentury modern chair seen in the second photo at the link in their dining room. My sister has them now.
Who wouldn’t want a repeating row of the same 7 books?
Anne Schultz says
Someone who doesn’t read, so there would not notice that there only seven books.
Or someone trying to get the different covers of the same books. Isnt harry potter 7 books…..
Roxanne Wynne Davenport says
Well, there’s book STORAGE and then there’s book READING. My father has been heard to opine that he did his best reading while on the throne, and believe me, he’s no monarch.
There were times when owning 7 books would have been considered quite a sign of prosperity, haha…
Uh, I echo your confusion. I’m not sure WHY anyone would want to use them, but I guess to each their own. Maybe it’s because I have too many real books.
Nita Hope says
Uh….wait. These are real? This makes no sense to me.
too look super well read to a near sighted/bad sighted person? OH or for a scary haunted library house.
Patricia Schlorke says
That would get boring very quickly on a wall even in the bathroom. I can see it for an accent but not much else. People would think you had only 7 books. 😀
I’m sure this company will be very puzzled by the spike in its web analytics from the horde clicking the link. Hope they don’t draw the wrong conclusion and stock more of this lovely tile!
Kelly B L says
Hahaha…your comment made me laugh out loud while in the docs office. I totally agree!
Rita Webb says
Totally agree! Hopefully, their analytics guru compares clicks to purchases.
Sara T says
Are those even in English?
As Lynn said- this is definitely going to the clearance section!
One row of these certainly wouldn’t be my choice but I have seen MUCH worse accent tiles.
How big are these tiles? 12×12 or tiny? You’re right, I have no other words…
At first I couldn’t figure out what you meant by tile. I was looking behind the books or along the front of the shelves and didn’t see any of the tiles. I went to the site and still didn’t get it, until I scrolled down and saw the example of several tiles in a row, to which my response was ick. Why would you want tiles of books when you can get actual books?
And it doesn’t have to be books — I put all my Blu-rays and DVDs into some binders to clear up space. I think I got 60 per binder, so I cleared up mega bookshelf space. I did black for my movies and I think I got maroon for my music CDs. Haven’t taken care of them yet. Instead of those tiles, I’d do a single shelf across the wall and put these binders up instead. Or actual books, if you’ve got hardcovers; you take the covers off and the binding is usually pretty nice.
Amanda H says
No, just no. That is sacrilege…
Natasha Johnson says
Umm I kinda like them but have no idea where anybody would actually put them. My first thought was this is how the Beast made his library look full
Chuckling outloud. Thanks.
So, a real suggestion … maybe someone wants to make the area under a peninsula type bar extension look like a built-in bookcase?
Ugh. I don’t know.
Umm … and they’re FOAM tiles. I honestly can’t think of a good place to put something like that.
I don’t know where you would put them. I have seen fake books used for decoration purposes but that has always seemed super tacky to me. Especially when you can get used books so easy.
trailing wife says
The problem isn’t *getting* books, it’s finding room in the house for the latest acquisitions. There was a time when we had to buy at least one bookcase each year. Thank goodness for Kindle, et al!
Kelly Jacobs says
Whoever is trying to sell these stupid looking tiles is now facing “ripper cushions” because of:
LOL totally love ripper cushions. We are all going to be using that for a long time!!!
Rita Webb says
hahaha, “ripper cushions.” great use of a quote from the recent installment. 🙂
Put it on a floor, it would really mess with someone. Can you imagine trying to walk on it? Vertigo, man.
Theory 1: Those tiles are for people that want to cultivate the appearance of being well-read without understanding any of the substance.
Theory 2: The age of the electronic book has taken some portion of the home decorating market so far away from paper books that these tiles look reasonable.
I mostly read electronic books these days, but no, I wouldn’t use these.
Look at the picture once, and it shows up endlessly in web page advertising. Sigh.
Kelly M says
Wow. Just… wow. Whyyyy?
Have you seen where they’re selling tied-together old books as $79 decor? ??? I’ll tie together my own books for free, thanks. https://www.houzz.com/product/48874796-the-modern-earthtone-color-decorative-books-traditional-books
Joy Powell says
OMG, and they have them in various colors? So you can get tied books or tile books???
Kelly M. says
Crazy, right? You have to wonder what demographic they’re targeting here…
And they actually have reviews… ?
Liz V says
‘Wow, they really really like those 7 books, enough to buy them over and over and over and ove……”
Talk about impractical.
I’m so stunned by the tile I can’t even see the link…
I think tiles are fun.
Joy Powell says
*Small space decor; These wonderful foam tiles can be used to create a custom built-in look. Elevate your small space to a fabulous reading nook! No dusting required and always where you left them.*
Maybe librarians would find these hilarious as a prank. You’d never have to worry about the books getting returned. That all I have for that! It is just weird. And $35 for them, you would have to cut a couple of them and then piece them so it would at least look a little random.
Laura B - OH says
They would work in a play set perhaps? I can see it being used in the “library” of a high school play – although I think that they would be too expensive for the typical play budget…
Maybe as embellishments or even a binder covering? Anyone remember using brown paper bags as book covers?
If they weren’t so expensive I would say maybe use them as bookshelf backing in the library. Either that or a single line along the top of a room for a different kind of accent.
Maybe for the restroom at a public library decorated by someone who should never have been given that job? Staff breakroom at said library? But it says foam, and that does not inspire much faith in the tiles’ durability or ability to stay clean…
Yeah I’m thinking these probably won’t move very well. You’re not alone in this at all Ilona.
Lauryn M says
Just wrong. And the sales of tied, color coordinated old books noted by @KellyM? Wow. I guess it was only a matter of time. When I think of the boxes and boxes of older books carefully wrapped and packed in my attic….because I ran out of shelf space and can’t bear to part with them. Now I can give them as housewarming decorating gifts! LoL
A friend who once worked in Texas for several years, told me that the saddest sight he saw there was inside the club rooms at a gold club, where he said there were literlly tens of metres of shelves of books. He said that when he went to select one, it was a cardboard facsimile and so was each one he tested after that. :/
Soory, that should have read golf club.
Dammit, it’s late here in Australia. I should just give up trying to spell at this time of night.
There is a coffee shop in Dublin (Ireland) that has these sticky things on a door so that it blends into the surrounding bookshelves. It looks amazing – you can’t see where the door is from afar. So mysterious 🙂
I’m not sure about those particular tiles, but I’ve seen a similar idea used very effectively to disguise an ugly cupboard. eg. where the water heater lives.
Jean Morgan says
Well, not my cup of tea, I have the real deal, no need of these tiles.
Jean Morgan says
Looking to do the above with peel & stick tiles:)
Joy Powell says
I like the Star fall and the Glass flower idea for a set of stairs. But I don’t know about doing a book one.
At first I thought that each book spine was a tile, so you could mix and match, and I thought that was SO COOL. And then I realized that no, the whole thing is one tile. Wtf?
Much prefer real books ? so years ago hubby converted one of the bedrooms into a library with lots of lovely shelves. Trouble is I have so many books ? some are hiding in a very full cupboard. Even after a recent book culling of over 1,000 books!
I love my kindles but still can’t resist the look and feel of a real book.
So, no room for “tile books” in my library, except if they featured Ilona Andrews titles…perhaps in a frame…that would be the only way they’d get in there!
I am going to leave politics out of this. That is all.
Wow. Um…so your glass-walled office can look impressive to the people across the street?
What I’m impressed with is that with everything you’ve had happening recently, you’re finding energy and time to tile all the spaces and still feed the BDH. Go you!!
Kate Davenport says
I come from a family that insulates with books. And I once broke up with someone because the first time he had me over to his place I realized that there were only five books in his entire house (pre-internet) and that was just too weird for me. So, in a future world, where I live in a tiny home and have moved my entire library to digital format. I MIGHT use these so that my tiny house didn’t look so odd without books. But I would definitely colorize and individualize them, and write in my favorite titles and authors on the spines.
I like them. I would use them as a back-splash for above the stove. But I can get geeky about book themed things…
Or maybe as accent tiling for a bookstore bathroom, or a coffee shop?
Old books without the worry of mildew, heck you could put them anywhere (but why?) I thought the “dizzy” tile would totally drive an OCD person crazy though 😉 ha!
Ms. Kim says
I like how the book tile looks. Here in Florida you really shouldn’t have real books like that. It is so humid here, after a few years books are really the worse for wear. That’s why I have my kindle. I’ve kept a few (just a dozen or so) that I read over and over. So to have something that would give me the look but not deteriorate would be nice. I just gave a sigh of comfort when I saw the picture of that tile.
Jennifer G says
Reminds me of the scene in the movie “Auntie Mame” when the clueless girlfriend says, “I just love books! They’re so decorative!” and you immediately know – that relationship isn’t going to last.
One whole wall of my bedroom is bookshelves. With real books! When we moved from our house on the rez to our present home even though we downsized by donating books to the local library, we still moved sixty boxes of books. I am a bookaholic; the idea of buying books by the yard on the other hand is totally ridiculous. Thank the creator for my nook I have almost 900 books in it. Those tiles don’t make sense In any way .
I like them. If my next home has anything like a sunroom, or breakfast nook, I’d have a window with the best cushions and use these somewhere in that space. *dreaming of curling up with the entire Kate and Curran universe of books with tea and crackers on a rainy day, in my nook! Rereading the series*
Well, I have to agree in part, they don’t seem to be very practical, but as a Librarian I’m like, wow! Cool! Where can I stick these suckers…
They are all the same. They need to have some variety, like three or four tiles, each with the lighter colored books in different places, or some other variations.
The way the room in the one picture is set up, I’m wondering whether they used them instead of a chair rail or wainscoting. If they are foam, and the chair was pushed back, they might cushion and protect the wall.
Omg don’t use those book tiles. It is like buying a lot of books to impersonate a serious reader. My opinion is yuck!
Okay that was kind of harsh for me. I really dont like those book tiles. Reminds me of some horror stories and design horrors. But if they are done right, and you do like them, they could be nice.
Nancy C. says
I kinda like them. I would not use them as floor tile, though. Maybe like a fun wallpaper runner for a small room.
Wow. I looked at the link and that is, to me anyway, super tacky. I’m sorry if anyone likes it, I don’t mean to be insulting. JMO.
Well, I’ve read some article about a cafe which had a wall decorated with books. And by decorated I mean some hay-brained designer had got a significant amount of books, ordered all of them cut like 2 centimetres from the spine and glued to the wall. With these tiles, they will get a similar effect, but it would save the books and even be easier to clean…
If those tiles had any variation they might be tempting
I found where they actually use those tiles! For a sleep over at a library.
I’m super fond of this stone peel and stick veneer I use as a backsplash. Doesn’t show splotches & surprisingly durable. By Aspect.