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In the world of tile patterns, there's always been super-uniform (e.g. stacked subway tile) and super-custom (e.g. a black-and-white line drawing on the floor), and not much else in between. But we're finally starting to see a middle ground for those of us who want something unique that doesn't require an art degree. You don't need to attend a bunch of DIY workshops or find a creatively inclined contractor, you just need to buy the right tiles—mix-and-match tiles.

The great thing about them is they're made for the exact purpose of creating a one-of-a-kind arrangement, so you don't have to worry that a certain configuration will look weird. You don't even have to come up with the layout on your own—the tiles can typically be seen in various real-life spaces on the companies' websites, and you can copy a design tile for tile if you want to. Of course, it all starts with the tiles themselves. Here are the collections we're loving right now:

Geotiles.

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Photo: Courtesy of Geotiles

Mutina.

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Puzzle tiles in Anglesey and Powder by Barber & Osgerby for Mutina.

Photo: Courtesy of Mutina

Popham Design.

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Photo: Courtesy of Popham Design

Mutina, available at Academy Tiles + Surfaces.

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Photo: Courtesy of Academy Tiles + Surfaces

Inga Sempé for Mutina.

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Photo: Courtesy of Inga Sempé

Next Generation Living Homes