Color, Shape, And Placement: The Top Unexpected Ways To Use Ceramic Tile Products

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How can you use ceramic tile products in unexpected ways? Whether you're starting from scratch, have a complete demo and reno planned, or just wanted to refresh your home, take a look at the out-of-the-box colors, shapes, combinations, and ways to use tile in your next interior design project.

Which Color Should You Choose?

A white or neutral ceramic is an easy option for many homeowners. These colors blend in with the background and match almost any decor palette. Even though whites and neutrals are popular picks, these aren't unexpected options. If you want to stand out and create a dramatic effect with plenty of visual appeal, consider a bold or dark type of tile. These could include:

  • Yellow. Sunshine yellow is an unexpected color that will make a statement. But this ultra-bright hue can overwhelm some spaces. Lighten your home's interior and choose barely-there yellow, mustard, or a yellow-green shade.

  • Gold. This form of yellow has a metallic or shiny edge that adds drama. Instead of a full floor or wall of gold tile, use this color option as a border or accent. 

  • Green. Emerald green creates a fresh, clean aesthetic. If you prefer a subdued approach, but don't want to stick with a neutral, sage and blue-greens have a nostalgic or vintage appeal.

  • Blue. From baby blues to navies, this color provides plenty of choices. 

You don't have to choose one ceramic color for your design project. Create unexpected combinations with opposing shades or try an almost-ombre effect with colors that goes from darker to lighter. 

Which Shape Should You Choose?

A traditional square or rectangle-shaped tile is something you would expect to see on a floor, on a shower wall, or in a backsplash. But this doesn't mean you need to select these basic geometric types of tile. 

Combine circles, ovals, triangles, octagons, and other shapes in your tile design for an out-of-the-ordinary look. If this isn't possible or you prefer to stick with one shape, consider the angle of placement. Traditional square ceramic tiles turned one-quarter of the way onto their sides can transform into diamonds. Likewise, rectangles placed at an angle can create a herringbone pattern effect.

What Other Ways Create An Unexpected Interior Aesthetic? 

Color and shape are primary ways to set your ceramic design apart from others. But these aren't your only ways to stray from the norm. Add tile to an accent wall in your living room, dining room, or even your bedroom. You can also tile vertical parts of your stairs, add ceramic products instead of wooden baseboards, and create ceiling molding with tile.