Modifying Tile Materials

Reference Number: KB-00583
Last Modified: July 15, 2020

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite


I would like to create a tiled bathroom area. How can I modify tile materials and only apply them to certain sections of a wall or room? 

Bathroom with subway different tile materials


Existing materials can be copied and modified, then applied to individual walls, entire rooms, or specific surfaces.

To make a copy of the tile material

  1. Select View> Library Browser  and locate the tile material that you would like to modify.

  2. Right-click on the text that is specified as the Material's name and choose the Copy option.

    Copy material

    In this example, we are using materials found in a manufacturer catalog from DalTile®. You can download the DalTile® manufacturer catalog from the 3D Library.

  3. Move your cursor over the User Catalog folder and right-click to select the Paste option in the contextual menu.

    Paste material in User Catalog

    With the material copied to your User Catalog, you'll be able to modify it.

To modify the tile material

  1. Right-click on the material in your User Catalog folder and select Open Object.

    Open Object on copied material

  2. On the General panel of the Define Material dialog that displays:

    Define Material - Home Designer Suite

    Note: The display of the above dialog may vary slightly between the different product versions of Home Designer.

    • Enter a Name for this material to identify the changes you make. In this example, we've changed the scale to 10" x 10" and the angle to 45°.

    • The Scale can be modified to your liking. In this example, we set the X and Y Scale to 10".

    • The Rotate Angle can be modified to your liking. In this example, we've rotated the texture 45°.

    • Adjust any of the general options under Options to change how bright, shiny, transparent, and emissive the texture is.

  3. In Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro, you'll also have control over the pattern of the material. On the Pattern panel:

    Define Material - Home Designer Architectural

    • The Name of the material can be modified here, just like the Texture panel in the previous step.

    • The Material and Line Color options can be modified by left-clicking the adjacent color boxes.

    • The Pattern Type can be changed through the drop down menu, or by browsing your library through the Library button.

    • The Width and Height of the pattern can be modified to your liking. In this example, the pattern is 12 3/16" x 12 3/16"

    • The pattern can be adjusted to have a Horizontal and Vertical Offset as well as rotated to an Angle. In this example, we've left these values at 0.

  4. Select OK to confirm your changes.

Finally, repeat this process to create any other additional modified versions of the material that you may want to use in your design.

To apply the tile material

  1. In plan view, use the Select Objects  tool to select an object such as a wall, or a room.

    If there is not an actual wall where you want to change the flooring or walls, such as in a shower area, use a Room Divider wall to separate out the area in which you want to be able to apply the modified material.

  2. Click on the Open Object  edit button. 

  3. On the Materials panel of the Specification dialog that displays, select the Component that you would like to change, then click on the Select Material button.

    Apply material in Materials panel

    In this example, the room is opened to specification and the Walls component is selected.

  4. In the Select Material dialog that displays, navigate to the User Catalog folder, select your modified material, then click OK.

  5. Wall Coverings* allow for multiple materials to be applied to a wall segment or a whole room using the Wall Covering panel.

    *Applies to Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro Only. 

    Specify a Wall Covering

  6. Once you have finished updating your materials, click OK to close the dialog and apply the changes.

    In addition to Wall Coverings, the Backsplash tool can be used to apply a material to a portion or the entirety of a wall. See the Related Articles section below.