Mixing and matching is key when you’re designing your space – everything from the texture of your window treatments to the pattern of the rug on your floor comes into play. More often we’re seeing the trend of mixing tile materials and finishes catch on and we love it! Mixing up tile finishes creates a high-low contrast surface and adds visual interest to any space. The polished pieces catch the light creating a subtle glimmer, while the textured pieces break it up for a little extra oomph. For all of you fashionistas out there, it’s just like layering on texture and pattern when putting together your favorite look for a night out. This exciting trend is translating into more and more multi-finish decorative mosaics and wall tile. To boot, style- savvy homeowners and interior designers are creating their own tile mixology and one-of-a-kind looks by pairing together their favorite polished and honed tiles. Combining materials and finishes can be tricky, but a successful mix fashions gorgeous designs that are stylish and completely unique to you. Stand out from your neighbor – let us show you how.
Mixing elements in a room, such as color and texture, is more impactful than you may think. When you start planning your kitchen or bath, every detail from the flooring to the hardware and all the way up to the ceiling has a finish that will contribute to the overall design scheme. Make sure to consider the finish of your back-splash and wall tile!
We’re seeing the new trend of applying unique surface details to decorative mosaics, as well as blending these textures for high-style looks. Balance busy patterns. Use small statement tiles, such as mosaics, to create a feature on a back-splash or another small area rather than across an entire room. Combine them with large-scale plain tiles and you’ll avoid a design that makes your eyes go funny. One of the most important tips for mixing tile well is to create balance by combining small- and large-scale patterns.
Mix & Match
Homeowners and interior designers are embracing the mixed finish trend and creating their own dynamite looks. You too can give your space unexpected flavor by combining materials with high and low sheen. If you are taking a neutral approach, choosing a gloss and matte in similar tones is clean and sophisticated. You can do this in a randomized pattern or in stripes. Bring your own mix and create truly unique (and enviable) looks. Tiles are all different. They can be shaped however you need them, and they can make an outstanding masterpiece in your bathroom or kitchen. If you’re going for monochromatic look, you don’t have to mix up the tiles too much. Instead, stick with the same color but do alternate shapes. Try large square tiles for the floor with rectangular subway tiles on the walls. Stay away from all the busy patterns and play with the scale of your tiles to create an interesting design. You can still get a luxe looking bathroom without all the frills. For something more pronounced, choose two shade of the same color. It’s easier than you think, here’s how:
How to Create Your Own Tile Mixology
- To get started, simply choose your favorite polished tile.
- Next, select the same color (or even a complementary color) in a honed finish.
- Pair the polished and honed tile together to create your own Mixology!
Designer Tip – Get creative and lay them out in fun patterns like checkerboard, herringbone, or chevron.
One of our favorite designs pairs Athens White 12×24 honed finish with Athens White 4×12 polished finish tiles for a killer combo! Imagine this glam look on an accent wall in your living room or on your bathroom floor… The textural mix helps create slip resistance making this design both stunning and practical. When you create your own mix, the design possibilities are endless – and totally customizable.
Forget the Rules
Our final tip is to get creative when designing your space – think of tile being used in unconventional ways. Wake up your walls with tile that may have traditionally gone on the floor… Wouldn’t wood looking porcelain tile planks make for an extraordinary shower wall? Don’t be afraid to mix different styles and finishes like the decorating pros.