How to Combine Tile Styles for the Best Look
Get familiar with the fundamentals of mixing and matching colors, shapes and finishes for a gorgeous arrangement of tiles.
Since incorporating tiles into large spaces requires a pretty hefty investment, be sure to get samples and test how tiles work together before moving forward with your project. Here are some other things to consider:
Balance Busy Patterns
Small statement tiles are great for creating a special feature on a backsplash or other small space, rather than being used on an entire room. To avoid a design that overwhelms the eye, consider pairing them with large-scale plain tiles. Limit patterned tiles to a single surface — either a feature wall or the floor.
Experiment With Scale
A crucial tip for successfully mixing tile is to combine small- and large-scale patterns to create balance. For example, through a monochrome color palette, a cohesive and harmonious look can be achieved with as many as three different tile types: hexagonal mosaics on the walls and bath, medium hex tiles on the basin surround, and large rectangular tiles on the floor.
Mix Matte Finishes
If you’d like a bathroom with tactile interest, consider picking out two different types of matte tile for the walls and floor, and choosing a third alternate surface to break up any large stretches of wall, like brick or basic painted walls.
Contrast Matte and Glossy
You can get away with mixing busy patterns and tiles of similar sizes by simply picking one shiny style and one matte. For example, using high-gloss subway tiles on the vanity wall in a bathroom and matte finish hexagon tiles on the floor.
Alter Shape, Not Color
This simple tile combination will work in any space. Pick out two tile designs that are different shapes, but the same color. The grout lines will create the pattern. For example, use greige hexagon floor tiles in a bathroom to complement large-format rectangular shower tiles in the same hue.
Keep Pattern Consistent
Another strategy is to mix tiles of different sizes and colors, but of the same shape. The shape is what will give the design harmony. An example would be to choose oblong tiles in two different hues, one for the floor and one for the shower. The colors will work to separate the surfaces, while installing the tiles in the same brick pattern will create cohesiveness.
Restrict the Color Palette
For a bathroom with many surfaces, limiting the color palette is a way to reduce any competition between patterns. With just one or two colors throughout, multiple patterns can feel stylish and cohesive rather than chaotic.