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How to Choose Ceramic Tile Using Basic Color Theory

Posted by Daltile Team on Feb 10, 2017 10:30:00 AM

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Stratford Place in Dorian Grey on the floor and tub surround

Have you ever wondered how designers put together the beautiful ceramic tile combinations you see in magazines, on websites, or on television? To really understand the fine art of choosing a color scheme, you may need to dust off that color wheel from art class and get reacquainted with it. This is a big part of how designers come up with beautiful color combinations. Here are some tips to help you choose a perfect ceramic tile color scheme.

Simple Complementary Color Combination

Two colors are complementary if they sit opposite each other on the color wheel. For instance, blue and orange, and red and green are complementary colors. However, there's an almost limitless array of shades and hues on a professional color wheel. For instance, instead of going with true red and green tiles for your bathroom floor, consider going with a softer mint green and coral for the same complementary effect.

Rectangle Color Combination

A rectangle color combination consists of four colors that are two sets of complementary pairs. For instance, a tile pattern using this color scheme could consist of blue, orange, red, and green. Designing with more colors is a little harder, but this look can provide an incredibly exciting and unusual look. This particular combo would add to an eclectic bathroom design, or it could add a serious pop of color to a kitchen if used on the backsplash.

Analogous Color Combination

The analogous color combination, which uses colors that are located beside each other on the color wheel, is a popular design approach today. These schemes are almost, but not quite, monochromatic. An example of this combination would be to use a dark and light shade of cream, such as two options from the Stratford Place ceramic tile collection. This look is neutral, but still interesting because it combines multiple hues.

Split-Complementary Color Combination

A split-complementary color combination is when you start with one base color and pair it with two adjacent colors. This method works best when the most dominant color is used as a base color, but don't be afraid to make your most dominant color somewhat muted and soft. Starlight ceramic tile makes a great base color for this example, with Latte and Buttercream as secondary colors. Starlight is on one side of the color wheel, and Latte and Buttercream sit side by side on the other. If choosing your own color scheme is too tough, consider going with a mosaic pattern that is already made up of the perfect color combination. The Heathland Sunset Blend ceramic floor and wall tile is an excellent example.

Ceramic tile is available in a truly vast array of beautiful shades and textures, and is the perfect medium to add to an exciting kitchen or bathroom. Don't be afraid to experiment with the color wheel, and try various color combinations and ceramic tiles. Use an online color wheel to guide you, and the Tile and Stone Visualizer to experiment with all the fantastic ceramic tile options. When you're ready to pick out your tile, head to your local Daltile retail dealer.

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