GREAT TIPS FOR MATCHING AND MIXING TILE STYLES
If you are a tile fan, you probably feel that the more tile the better. Although you can use tiles to cover virtually every surface even in heated floors, there are a number of things you need to consider more so when combining and mixing tiles of different patterns, sizes and shapes. Considering the use of tiles on a large area requires a larger investment, you need to get samples and experiment with tiles that work. The following tips will help you get off on the right foot when using tiles.
HARMONIZE THE BUSY PATTERNS
You can use tiles to create small statements. For example, you can use oblong mosaics to achieve a feature on the backsplash in the bathroom or other small sections instead of just using them in the whole room. Combing the tiles with large-scale plain tiles will help prevent a style that appears odd.
PAIR THE PATTERNED WITH THE PLAIN
A mistake you need to avoid when using tiles in any setting including floor heating is that of using patterned tiles on a single surface. This could be the wall or floor. You can get great effects by using hexagonal tiles on the floor and large-scale oblong tiles on the walls. This will help create light amplifying polished backgrounds.
PLAY AROUND WITH SCALE
Combing the small and large scale patterns is an ingenious way to achieve balance when using tiles. A professional will help you combine various types of tiles successfully. For example, you can use small hexagonal mosaics on walls and bath, then use standard hex tiles on the surrounding of the basin and finish with big oblong tiles on your floors. This will help create a harmonious whole with the monochrome palette.
STONE SHOULD BE TREATED AS NEUTRAL
To modify your distinct grout lines and create a cohesive style, you should consider pairing them with natural gray stone. This will add remarkable visual interest. You will end up with a neutral arrangement that does not compete.
COMBINING MATTE FINISHES
If your bathroom has tactile appeal, you should consider using 2 different types of the matte tile and then break up the large areas using other surface. The alternative surface could be exposed brick or plain painted walls. This is a great idea to consider when using tiles on the floor heating systems.
JUXTAPOSE GLOSSY AND MATTE
You can combine busy patterns and equal size tiles provided you go with one shiny style and one matte. This combination will work perfectly with soft encaustic finishes of monochrome floor tiles.
ALTERNATE THE SHAPE AND NOT THE COLOR
You can take 2 tile designs of the same solid color but of varying shapes and allow grout lines to form patterns. For a more distinct effect, you should pick divergent shades such as dark gray gout paired with white subway tiles.
The options of using tiles on your warm floors are endless. You can choose to be consistent with the patterns or limit the color palette. The choice is yours. If you are ever stuck, don’t hesitate to seek expert help from your tiles’ supplier.