Patterned kitchen tiles and bathroom tiles are making a comeback. While previously, many people couldn’t wait to get rid of checkerboard black and white patterned tiles in rooms throughout the house, now these and other patterns are in demand. But, it’s good to remember that fitting these tile patterns into a house’s decor takes some finesse. To ensure that your tile job doesn’t wind up looking too busy, keep these tips in mind:
With some bold tile pattern styles, a small dose is enough to add a dramatic effect that is not overwhelming. Stair risers are the perfect place to showcase bold Spanish tile, tiny mosaic tile or other types for a unique pop of color or texture. The best part is that, with the small area to be covered, there are a wealth of choices that won’t break the bank.
When looking at tile, consider the purpose of the room where it’ll be installed. Some delicate patterned tile, for instance, is great for low-impact surfaces, but won’t stand up to the rigors of a busy kitchen. In spaces like that, explore durable patterned porcelain tiles instead.
If you fall in love with a tile with a complex, vivid pattern, never fear. You can incorporate it into any room with a few tricks. First, think about your color palette. About 60% of the room should incorporate a dominant color, with 30% of space going to a secondary color, and 10% to a third accent color. Find tile that incorporates all of those colors, then echo the look on other surfaces. Also, you can use the complex and dramatic tile in a small area, then surround it with tile with a simpler, complementary pattern.
Fallen in love with a gorgeous patterned tile for your bathroom? Think beyond a tile floor when considering how to best showcase a pattern. Patterned tile can also make a dramatic focal point in tubs and showers. It’s a great way to add drama to a room. This way you aren’t hiding your gorgeous new tile under bathroom rugs or bath mats.
Working patterned tile into your home design can be intimidating. But, once you start experimenting, you’ll find that you have a lot more creative freedom than you think. By being creative with your tile choices but observing a few design rules, you can add a flare to your spaces that is all your own.
Standard Tile has been a premier source for high quality tile for five generations. Come visit one of our showrooms today to find the perfect patterned tile for your next home improvement project.