5 Tips for Tiling with Colour

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Colour is an integral part of interior design. Colour can be used to make rooms appear larger or smaller, change the mood or atmosphere of a space, and enhance the effect of your chosen interior design style. Tiling with colour is an effective way to inject colour into a space, and can be used to complement or contrast your chosen colour palette.

In our June blog post, we give you 5 tips for tiling with colour:

Colour Palette

Our first tip for tiling with colour is to make a decision on your colour palette. A valuable tool for understanding which colours complement and contrast each other is the colour wheel, which usually shows primary, secondary and tertiary colours. One side of a colour wheel shows warm colours such as red, yellow and orange, while the other shows cool colours such as green, blue and purple, and pairs complementary and analogous colours. Colour wheels can be expanded to include multiple shades and hues of each colour, which is useful for narrowing down a specific shade, or if you wish to have a monochromatic colour scheme. Deciding on your colour palette early will make the selection of your tiles an easier and more efficient process.

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Our second tip for tiling with colour is to educate yourself on the psychology of colour. Particular colours are proven to have physical and psychological effects on our bodies, able to change moods, evoke memories and provoke different reactions. For example, the colour white is associated with calmness and clarity, while red can stimulate our appetites, and blue and green sharpen our focus and productivity. White is therefore often used in bathrooms and living spaces, red in kitchens, and blue and green in studies and bedrooms. Before choosing your coloured tiles, you should consider the function of the space that you are tiling, as well as the mood or atmosphere that you wish to achieve in that space.


Another element to take into account when tiling with colour is lighting. The amount of natural light that enters a particular space will have an effect on the colour of the room, and contributes to its atmosphere. Accent and mood lighting can also serve to emphasise the colours of the room or space, such as a feature wall. A bathroom decorated in a light colour palette which receives plenty of natural light will have a different effect than a kitchen styled in a dark colour palette with mood lighting. The combination of lighting and colour can alter the style and overall mood of your home, so it is important to take all light sources into account during the styling process.

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Similar to lighting, the importance of the size of the space you intend to tile cannot be underestimated. Tiles can be used to make a room appear larger or smaller, depending on the design and colour used. Large floor tiles can make a space appear larger, while diagonally placed tiles can make a room seem wider. Using a light colour palette of tiles and paint can also give the illusion of more space, as we tend to notice sudden changes in colour rather than subtle changes in shade. A tiled feature wall in a warm colour can make a room seem smaller and cozier, while patterned tiles give rooms flow and add interest to a particular space. Tiles play an integral role in determining the size of a space, so make sure that you consider what your choice of tile will add to your overall room design.


Our final tip for tiling with colour is to match your choice of tile with your chosen interior design style. Particular colour palettes are associated with different styles; for example, coastal is associated with blue, yellow and coral shades, while Scandinavian utilises natural and earthy tones such as brown, grey, black and green. Your choice of tile can either be more neutral to fit the existing colour palette of the style, or be used as a bold contrast, such as a patterned floor, bright splashback or feature wall. To learn more about popular interior designs, see our blog post on How to Achieve 5 Popular Styles. Particular types of tiles also suit different styles, with concrete-look tiles able to used in industrial and contemporary designs, while scallop tiles would suit a coastal style.

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