6 ways to mix and match tiles like a pro

These tile trends are quickly making their way into many homes.

Tiles are durable, versatile, and typically the go-to for most homeowners looking for easy-to-maintain flooring. Common types in the market include ceramic or porcelain ones. However, tiles are no longer just for floors. They’re now making their way into every part of your home, such as your walls.

Apart from being low-maintenance, they can also be designed to create stunning graphics. Indeed, gone are the days where tiles are only used in just one style or colour to match the space. The mismatched-tile trend has been around for a while, inspired mostly by Moroccan aesthetics. However, for the uninitiated, these tips will have you putting together your own set of unique looks in no time.

Skip the monotone and go dual-toned

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Dual-toned mosaic tiles can be stunning. With it, you can easily achieve a gradient or ombre look. Play around with colour palettes to create a specific look, such as one that reminds you of the ocean and its waves, or a gorgeous orange sunset. The trick to creating dual-toned tiling designs is to think ahead of a specific scene you want to recreate, and then explore the colour palette that fits it.

Read more: 10 ways to add a pop of colour into your bedroom 

Get graphic

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From soft subtle hues to bold contrasting colours, it can be really easy to get graphic and carried away with patterned tiles. This trend is climbing up the list of many homeowners because there are no strict rules to hinder you – all you need is a burst of creativity. Mixing and matching patterned tiles can create quite a funky finish. There are endless options of motifs to choose from, while some tilemakers even offer customisation and printing. This means that you can even get your own design printed on them. 

Tiles for him and her

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You want tiled floors but your partner wants wooden ones. Here’s the perfect compromise: use both to create not just different colours but also a play on texture and style. You’ll end up with looks that are chic and contemporary, yet so simple. 

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Make it matte, mate

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Matte tiles are making their way into many spaces thanks to its minimalistic looks. It’s soft yet powerful without looking too overwhelming. Another benefit of matte tiles is that it doesn’t exhibit smudges and water stains as easily as glossy tiles. This makes them ideal for bathrooms, especially a high traffic one. Its low sheen makes it easier to maintain. When installing matte-finish tiles, ensure that there is enough of both natural and artificial lighting. These tiles are not known for reflecting light well, which means that it won’t do any benefit to an already dim room. 

Gloss it over

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Glossy tiles have a more dramatic effect in the bathroom, creating an elegant and highly-polished look and feel. They’re perfect for smaller bathrooms because they reflect light well, creating the perception of a larger space. 

Geometry is in

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One of the trends making waves this year in the world of tiles is mixing and matching the standard rectangular ones with a variety of other geometric shapes. One particular shape that’s growing in popularity is the hexagon. Try piecing together hexagonal tiles in several sizes, colours, and textures for a really unique design. 

Geometric tiles can also be used on walls or as a wall accent to create a bold statement juxtaposed against the rest of the bathroom. 

Written by Steph Nambiar

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