March 7, 2023

Tile Design

White DOES NOT have to mean boring!

I'm Paula

A former Kindergarten teacher/part-time home flipper turned CEO – having traded my love for the classroom for my love of beautiful spaces!  

Now a surface specialist, design lover, and the founder of Iron River Surfaces – my combined passions for beautiful finishes and education merge together in our little blog as the team and I share helpful tips, design trends, inspirational ideas, and a little bit about ourselves along the way!  

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First off, full disclosure, WE LOVE COLOR here at Iron River Surfaces!  A quick tour of our gallery would swiftly demonstrate just how much we love incorporating vibrant, deeply hued tones into spaces!  However . . . . 

We also recognize there is a time and place for these beautiful shades, and introducing color into a more semi-permanent investment piece such as tile is not always everyone’s preference.  And there are so many reasons for maintaining a neutral color palette of white – first, it truly is a timeless look and an incredible backdrop for furnishings, fabrics, and accessories (there’s a reason art galleries have white painted walls!), and when considering future resale possibilities, a neutral color palette is sure to appeal to the masses.  But fear not – as our heading reads: white does NOT need to be boring!

Basic white often gets a bad wrap — but its timeless and fresh quality can pack a lot of design punch when incorporating some of these impactful details!

➔ Pair with a dark hued CONTRASTING tile.  This keeps the palette neutral while adding visual interest and allows the other elements within the space to pop.

➔ Lay a standard white rectangular tile in an interesting PATTERN — herringbone, basket weave, vertically offset etc!   Anything but boring!  And for increased drama, outline with a darker grout color.

➔ Consider selecting a white tile with a subtle artisan TEXTURE or FLUTING that will add dimension and visual interest without swaying away from a neutral palette.

➔ SHAPE — select one or mix and match a variety of white tile shapes of the same shade — hexagons, squares, pickets, penny rounds, diamonds — there are so many shape options!

Pair with pastels, highlight with wood, inlay with pattern or another material, play with shade variety and tone on tone patterns — the possibilities of a basic “white” tile are endless!

𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘰𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘯, 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘴 — 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘺𝘰𝘶!  

Have a beautiful day!

– Paula

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