The properties of tiles have long been appreciated by interior designs, often used to clad walls and floors in wet and humid areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Practical and aesthetically pleasing different styles can be combined and mixed in these spaces for additional decorative effect. Tile matching can help coordinate and integrate the overall result and we have listed below five tips for helping to achieve a successful combination.
1. Colour and pattern
A splash back featuring mixed coloured kitchen wall tiles can provide a statement panel over a work surface. Geometric tiles and block colours can be combined for maximum effect. Normally designers work in a palette of complimentary shades which is based on the chromatic scale. Always factor in the grouting however which can be any colour but works best with the predominant shade of the chosen colour scheme. To achieve the best results create a mood board with samples till just the right colours and finishes are found. Equally for the bathroom geometry and block colour can be balanced for distinct areas; above the wash hand basin, the shower cubicle or the surrounding walls to dado height.
2. Scale and combining different size tiles
The same shape tiles but of different scales and colour when combined can also have a powerful effect. For example bathroom mixed mosaic tiles in hexagonal or rectangular format on walls when combined with a larger similar shape floor tile can create a coherent and practical result. Mixed tiles in the kitchen should also take into account function, for cleaning purposes larger or medium size tiles for the floor are an easier option to maintain.
3. Mixing and matching materials
There are numerous materials available in tile format nowadays; ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass and cement. By carefully combining two or more, such as glass and stone mosaic tiles mixed the qualities of each can be contrasted and highlighted with greater intensity. Glass tiles on walls near a light source will change with the light while stone mosaic absorbs the light. To create practical and attractive flooring the combination of wood effect ceramic tiles with stone look tiles is both elegant and practical in a kitchen.
4. Matte and gloss
For every tile there is a choice of finish, matte or gloss for ceramics, hammered or polished (amongst many other options) for marble and stone. These finishes can also be combined and contrasted to stamp a bathroom or a kitchen with a unique identity.
5. Plain and pattern
To provide visual interest within a large surface of homogenous tiling in a kitchen or bathroom a panel or restricted area of geometric pattern or indeed three dimensional tiling can radically change the overall effect.