Our Top 10 Tips for Mixing Patterned Tiles

Do you like contrast in a room? We do too and there are several factors to consider when mixing patterned tiles. Tile size, shape, color, and finish are all aspects we took into consideration when coming up with 10 ways to successfully mix patterned tiles.

1. Balance busy patterns: Don’t tile the entire room; rather use small statement tiles to create a pattern on a backsplash or another focused area. Also, pair small statement tiles with large format tiles so as not to over-complicate the design. Pairing patterned tiles with plain tiles is also a smart way to balance your design.

2. Play with scale: An important tip for mixing tile patterns is to create balance by mixing tile sizes. For example, you could use small penny tile on the tub wall, medium-sized tile around the sink or backsplash, and large, uniform tile for the floor. Or, consider pairing a bold tile pattern for the backsplash or behind the sink basin with a uniform-shaped tile everywhere else.

3. Incorporate stone as a neutral: If you’re using patterned tile, consider a natural stone for the floor. Natural stone can soften the graphic pattern of the tile and add another element of pattern that doesn’t compete.

4. Mix matte and glossy finishes: When using busy tile patterns, consider using matte and glossy finishes. Each finish further accentuates the pattern.

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5. Vary shape, not color: For a mixed-tile look, think about varying three different-shaped tiles that are all in the same color. Using a grout color that is darker than the patterned tiles can also help showcase the tile. Conversely, if you want to tone down a mixed tile pattern, keep the tile and grout color the same.

6. Mixing patterns, not color: Mixing tile patterns that share the same color tones adds variety without overwhelming the room. A unified color palette will keep the room from looking busy.

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7. Be fearless: On the other hand, if you’re daring, go bold! Consider a bright, colorful tile on the wall or backsplash, complimented by a graphic black-and-white floor. Or, use vertical subway tile on the wall with round or hexagon penny tile on the floor. We recommend sticking to just two or three different colors per room.

8. Contain your pattern on the floor: Use white tile on the walls with a bold tile pattern on the floor. The white walls keep the room looking clean while the patterned floor tiles do all of the talking.

9. Introduce black and white: Classic, fun black and white tiles never go out of style.

10. Plan your entire color story: If you’re working with a multi-colored patterned tile, pick a color from the tile’s design and use that color for other materials in the room. That way, the eye follows a cohesive pattern.

As you can see, your kitchen or bath can become much more dynamic by mixing patterned tiles in the right ways. If mixing tile patterns seems overwhelming for your next project, we are here to help. Contact us for a free in-store or in-home consultation; we look forward to helping you explore your tile choices.