Tips and Tricks on Pairing Tiles
You don’t have to be an interior designer in order to find new tiles for your home and create a beautiful living space. Even if you think you are the least creative person in the world, there are some simple tips and tricks which can make the process easy. If you can dress yourself in the morning, you can definitely pair up some tiles which look good together and help to bring out your inner designer. The first law of creativity, is that there are no laws. So in the world of tiles that means don’t shy away from pairing up floor tiles with wall tiles. In the end, they’re all tiles.
Pay Attention to Scale.
The size of your space will determine whether you need to go big and bold, or small and subtle. It’s all about creating a balance, such as mixing a large scale pattern or shape with a small scale pattern or shape. If you’re working in a smaller space such as a bathroom, you may want to consider something which can make the space appear more open. For example, doing the floor-to-ceiling in subway tiles can make the room feel claustrophobic, but a mix of bold, bright floor tiles in a single color mixed with a much smaller pattern climbing the walls can completely transform a room and open it up.
Traditionally, it’s safer to place larger tiles on the floor with smaller designs on the wall. But don’t let that limit your creativity, some designers have flipped this tradition using small hexagons on the floor and larger plate tiles on the walls. Again, the size of your space will help you determine what feels right. While shopping around, don’t hesitate to ask if you can play around with tiles in store and see what looks good together.
Stick With One Style.
When in doubt, stick with one style, this is a trick which designers have been using for years. Quite popular in the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, I’m sure some of you will remember your childhood bathroom growing up which was floor to ceiling tile in the same colour, mixed with random textured or patterned tiles, or even a line of patterned tiles bisecting the wall somewhere. It it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Find a tile which suits the theme of your room and progress from there. This works best in bathrooms, mud rooms, or even laundry rooms. And remember, don’t feel obligated to do all the walls and the floor, choose the important areas which will benefit the most from tile placement such as next to the bathtub or shower, or in front of a door.
Embrace Earth Tones.
There has been a rising trend bringing earth tones back to kitchens and bathrooms. Warm tones can add a subtle transformation to kitchens, bathrooms, and even foyers when it comes to tiles. Whether you’re looking to create a spa inspired bathroom, or create a space which reminds you of that vacation in the south, having the floor neutral and choosing a pattern for the walls are limitless. This type of look is timeless and will last for years and years. It’s easy to bring add character to any space without it feeling overbearing.
Go Bold With Colour and Pattern.
If you’re a rule breaker than bright colours and bold patterns may be just your niche. This is the perfect way to spice up a space and bring some life into it. Whether you mix and match the colours of your favourite sports team or super hero, or you’re looking to create a dramatic masterpiece on the wall, with a little bit of clever placement your possibilities are endless. This works best when doing a floor or an accent wall. Going too wild may make a room claustrophobic, so be specific with which areas you choose to play with.