Mix it up – combining tiles of different materials

Friday 5 June 2015, Written by Sarah Cole Tags: Wood Effect

If you're in the midst of planning a new project or renovation, the sheer choice of tiles could be quite overwhelming; where do you start? And how do you pick styles that work together?

Lots of homeowners feel confident mixing colours but less so when it comes to combining tiles of different materials. Whilst it may seem a little daunting at first, it's actually a great thing that there are so many materials to choose from as it means you can get the exact look that you're after within those all-important budgets.

Whilst many renovators stick to tiles of the same type or a small blend of colours, we want to make a case for mixing materials. If you take a look at the mood board at the top of this screen, you can see a gorgeous combination of glass, mirror, marble, ceramic, wood effect and limestone tiles in a very small space, but it undoubtedly works. This range of colour and texture has been selected because all of these tiles have similar tones which create a sense of unity and prevents it from feeling random. The variety in the grains and patinas adds depth which makes the overall feel one of luxury. Who wouldn't want that in their home?

Taking cues from this mood board, why not create your own and try experimenting with a range of materials? Rustic wood effect tiles with a realistic grain look fantastic next to sleek veined white marble. Tumbled or unfilled natural stone tiles provide the perfect foil to glamorous glass mirror tiles. Or add a plain porcelain or stone tile to a wall whilst using show-stopping patterned tiles on the floor.

Creating a mood board is an excellent jumping off point and a great way of seeing how your preferred tiles work together.

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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