Our Guide On How To Mix and Match Tiles in Your Space
Choosing the right tiles is an important decision in every project we do. Tiles are an essential in high traffic areas such as entryways, bathrooms and kitchens. Mixing and matching different tiles can give your space depth and character. There are so many tile options out there that the options and combinations are truly endless! We'll be sharing with you a few different types of tiles that we often use in projects. Read on for tips and inspiration on how to choose and mix tiles in your home!
Marble Subway Tiles
Is there anything more elegant than marble tiles?! Marble tiles come in a wide range of different size, colours and veining so you are bound to find one you really like. This timeless material is light reflecting so when installed in your space, it can make it seem more bright and spacious than it actually is. Marble tile is a great option to use as your backsplash in a kitchen. It makes your kitchen seem bigger and if pairing it with a marble countertop, it flows effortlessly together. Marble is naturally a very porous material, so definitely give it the care and maintenance it needs once in a while to keep it looking like new.
Spanish tiles are definitely one of the most popular tiles this year! We are seeing it being used mostly in bathrooms, laundry rooms and entries. "Spanish tiles" is a term used generally for ceramic tiles with traditional Spanish or Mexican design. Spanish tiles are known for their bright colours, intricate design and fun personality! They really can liven up and give character to your space.
This space uses a monochromatic take on Spanish Tiles and even though the tiles don't give the space any colour, the organic pattern alone just brings life into the space! Ceramic tiles are durable so the tiles are even extended into the shower. A smaller scale white subway tile is paired with it on the shower wall because the floor is already so busy. This makes the floor the focal point of the space.
Source: Ali Budd Interiors
These blue Spanish tiles are just amazing in this shower niche! Pairing different Spanish tile patterns together work in this shower because it's only used in a small portion of the space - it looks like a framed art piece built right into your wall! Again, using a neutral white subway tile with Spanish tiles is ideal in a bathroom because you don't want to visually overload your space.
Geometric tiles are a classic element to add your space. These shapes range from a more traditional look to more modern shapes . Now that geometric tiles are making a come back, manufacturers are really starting to come out with a wide range of different geometric shapes to choose from in different materials. Geometric tiles can come in different sorts of materials such as ceramic, natural stone or clay.
Penny tiles have been around for quite a while, but it's coming back into style! It first came into use in the early 1900's, but this modern marble take on it sure doesn't look dated. This transitional take on geometric tile makes sure your space isn't overly trendy.
This bathroom mixes different types of tiles so well - it really creates a layered, sophisticated feel! Marble subway tile is used to line the side of the bathtub, creating a luxurious custom feel. The main tile choice is the classic grey marble basketweave in the centre of the room, framed by medium scale white ceramic square tiles.
Hexagon tiles are surely one of the more popular geometric tiles that are coming back into style. Hex tiles have been used since the 19th century in mostly bathrooms. You can use hex tiles in your bathroom floor or wall. Hex tiles come in different scales, so when mixing tiles, make sure to match it with a smaller or bigger scale tile to create contrast.
You can take a more modern approach and go with solid white ceramic hex tiles and subway tiles with grey grout. This will give you a more graphic look.
Even using it as a backsplash is a good idea! Pairing it with a darker grout colour will make the geometry of the tiles pop.
Natural Stone Tiles
Using natural stone tiles is a way to ensure your space never goes out of style. This kitchen using French limestone as flooring brings character and warmth to the space. Natural stone materials like limestone looks luxurious, but does require some care as it will be prone to scratching. However, limestone is still more durable than vinyl or wooden floors in a kitchen.
This entry/laundry space looks amazing with natural stone tiles! Using natural stone in an entry brings the exterior inside in a subtle, tasteful way. The texture in the tile grounds the space and gives the space some visual interest.
Another way to get some depth and character in your flooring is to use a natural stone look ceramic or porcelain tile. This would ensure a fool-proof, no fuss alternative to natural stone. It's easy to clean and maintain and will last a long time!