Not everyone wants a lot of drama when it comes to tiled floorings. However, everyone wants to keep the design and patterns interesting and the tiles looking in good condition. Sometimes one cannot seem to figure out the fine line between the simple and the boring or dull tile designs.
This articles aims at providing ideas for escaping the boredom of simple tile layouts through cleanliness, color harmony, and tips for defining spaces.
Design strategies and tips for the clean and for the illusion of clean tiles
An unclean decorated home is just like a peasant dressed up in royal clothes. It would simply lack the grace to carry a look. So, the following tip is for the people who do not have much time to devote to cleaning of the tiled settings of their homes.
Prefer prints and simulated textures to plain colors
The plain tiles show even the slightest of the dust. If one likes plain tiles, then he/she should opt for a simulated grainy texture instead of stark plain texture for the ease of cleaning. Keep in mind that the solid colors (like black or white etc.) show more dust than any other color.
The prints and the simulated textures have the ability to camouflage the dust particles. Remember, while the simulated texture camouflages dust, the actually textured tiles tend to gather them. They are very hard to clean. Resultantly, they do not look good if not cleaned thoroughly and regularly.
Design strategies and tips for achieving color harmony in tile layouts
The next important factor for tile layout is the color harmony. The tiles are available in a plethora of colors. It is but natural that different people can choose entirely different colors to express their taste and to define their spaces. Usually the colors are not bad or tacky; the lack of balance and harmony imparts the ‘tacky’ or ‘blah’ feel to a space. Use the following tips for the color harmony in your tile layouts.
When the pattern is bold, the colors should be subdued and vice versa
Tiles with both loud color and bold pattern are just like a document with all capital letters. The tile layout will start ‘screaming’ if both the pattern and the color of the tiles are loud.
Go for conventional colors when the cut is not conventional
There are some unstated conventional colors and shapes of the tiles. While the unconventional colors and shapes of the tiles seem beautiful, usually the combination of the conventional and the unconventional appeals to the eyes. For example, the hexagonal tiles will look the best in the earth toned colors instead of the jewel toned hues.
The color of tiles and the grout should not be clashing
Some people find choosing the color of the grout, the trickiest part of laying tiles. Personally, for a more décor friendly look, I would want to skip the grout part altogether. (Some types of tiles do not need grout. They are set tightly beside each other.) However when skipping the grout is not possible, choose a color of the grout that is least likely to show dust, and is nearest to the color of the tiles to be set.
Design strategies and tips for defining spaces by using tiles
Another way to use tiles simply yet exquisitely is to define spaces by the use of tiles. Different spaces can be defined by using four different configurations of the tiles.
Defining spaces when all the tiles are identical
When all the tiles are identical, there are two ways to define spaces. First, the identical tiles can be used to unite two spaces like kitchen countertops and the dining floor or the patio and the swimming pool. Second, the identical tiles can be used to differentiate between two spaces by using them in two different manners. For example, the same type of tiles can be set in straight horizontal lines indoors and diagonally outdoors.
Defining spaces when the tiles are in the same color but different shapes
I like this configuration the most to differentiate between spaces in a home. This is because the same color makes it very easy to coordinate the overall décor theme of the home and the different shapes add depth and a lot of visual interest. This configuration is also the best for defining entryways and the pathways.
Defining spaces when the tiles are in the same shape but different colors
From décor point of view, I consider this situation the trickiest (especially when the colors are from different regions of the color wheel). However, the home owners with kids can use this configuration to divide a kids’ room into several different regions or to define a play area for kids in the patio or in the living room in their favorite color of tiles.
Defining spaces when the tiles are in the same color and shape but different finishes/textures
Tiles with different type of finishes can be used to distinguish the exterior and the interior floors effectively (with the glossy ones indoors and the rustic ones outdoors). This configuration can also be used for separating the pathways from the sitting areas.
Personal observation, experience, and insight
Personal knowledge acquired from different remodeling handbooks