When there are other aspects of your home that you choose to highlight, plain tile is a perfect choice. A highlight may include a room, deco wall, or other architectural or artistic piece. Tile does not need to shout: its subtle presence is a perfect addition.
When Plain Tile is the Right Tile
Tile does not have to be a statement piece. In today’s hectic world, many people enjoy coming home to a clean, laid-back space. Minimalism is gaining popularity with many designers currently, and the “less is more” mentality has left impressions within a home’s design. Tile is an effortless way to obtain that characteristic. Clean patterns. Similar formats. Uniform color.
Maybe you have a statement wall that you would like as a room’s focal point, or a piece of art or ornate furniture. If there is one thing tile can do, its whisper. A plain, neutral color can bring a room together while allowing something else to stand out. There are plenty of stone and finishes available to create the perfect blend of subtle color. Gather ideas from sites such as Houzz (we’re on there too!)
Just because you are choosing a plain tile doesn’t mean the patterns have to be plain too. Tile shapes and patterns can allow a good balance between subtle and stylish. Herringbone, Chevron, Arabesque… the possibilities are endless. One thing to consider, patterns may not be as timeless as the classic tile shapes.
Tile is a great sidekick to the design of a room, even when it is not the focal point. It doesn’t hurt to have nice tile flooring AND a fun, funky, bright, or bold statement piece. Do your research, ask the professionals, and determine what look you’re most happy with. Show off that focal point, whatever it may be, with tile’s versatility.