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Color Spotlight: Looking For A Warm White Tile? Meet Tusk

By Blair Hagensen

Color Spotlight: Looking For A Warm White Tile? Meet Tusk

Off-white never looked so on point. Tusk, our warm white glaze, is one of our most popular shades out of our entire catalog of 100+ glaze colors with a softening effect that suits any design style from classic to contemporary. On the ivory side of white, this glossy yet subdued glaze instantly warms up a room and is especially great in spaces that you don’t want to appear cold such as showers or bathroom walls.

Tusk Tile

Tile Shown: Tusk

Off-white tile will always be a classic. Tusk has an understated beauty on its own, but also elegantly pairs with color. Whether your palette is warm and muted or bold and bright, Tusk is up to the task of complementing it. Plus, it’s an excellent white to pair with other natural materials–it looks inviting and warm next to wood, gorgeous with gold hardware, and unbelievably dreamy with marble.

Luxe walk-in shower clad with warm white tile, marble, and brass hardware

Tile Shown: 2x6 in Tusk // Design: Emily Lauren Interior // Image: Madeline Harper

With its low color variation, Tusk provides a uniform look whether you’re using it for full coverage or as an accent. And if you need help figuring out size, quantity, trim, and all the other interior design decisions that come with tile–we’ve got you covered with free design assistance. From sampling to photorealistic renderings, our tile experts are here to bring your vision to life.

Tusk in the Kitchen

This off-white shade is incredibly popular in kitchens, which makes sense–the kitchen is the heart of the home, and what shade is more welcoming than a soothing warm white?

White tile backsplashes are prized for their versatility, and Tusk is no exception. Paired with sage green cabinets and charcoal countertops, Tusk positively glows in the Modern Craftsman-style kitchen below.

Sage green kitchen cabinets, charcoal grey countertops, and warm white tile backsplash

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Tusk // Design + Image: Grace Lee-Lim

Take this classic shade in a modern direction with checkerboard. Tusk's inviting hue beautifully complements our Dolomite glaze in this California-cool patterned kitchen. Not too bright but no less eye-catching, this organic-inspired color pair feels just right.

Bright kitchen with taupe and ivory checkerboard tile countertop and backsplash

Tile Shown: 3x3 in Tusk and Dolomite // Design: Autumn Hachey, TWENTY-TWO TWELVE, Stay Here // Image: Michelle Johnson

Minimalists love Tusk for its quiet beauty and simplicity. This stunning space took classic subway tile in Tusk and installed it vertically in a symmetrical straight set pattern, instantly evoking calm.

Minimalist kitchen with warm white subway tile backsplash

Tile Shown: 3x6 in Tusk // Design: Alessia Zanchi Loffredo, Redesign Home // Image: Ryan McDonald

Tusk can also be used to enhance rustic textures, especially when you choose a fun shape. An off-white backsplash of Mini Star & Cross Tile anchors this coffee bar’s wood accents, stained glass windows, and bohemian feel.

Coffee and tea bar with ivory star and cross tile backsplash, mixed wood bar, and stained glass above the tile

Tile Shown: Mini Star & Cross in Tusk // Design: Margaret Austin // Image: Sara and Rich Combs

Want to go classic–but with a twist? The kitchenette below demonstrates an unexpected and eye-catching application of Tusk with an attractive mix of patterns and a single stripe of peachy pink that stands out amidst the ivory.

Kitchenette featuring a tile backsplash with mixed pattern of white tile and one stripe of pink tile

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Tusk and Tumbleweed // Design: Colossus // Image: Stephanie Russo

If you’re a lover of Midcentury Modern, Tusk expertly fits into a mid-mod palette. Lean into midcentury vibes even more by choosing our Small Diamond Tile in the optically alluring Escher pattern, like the kitchen below.

Midcentury kitchen with walnut-colored cabinets and white diamond tile backsplash

Tile Shown: Small Diamond in Tusk // Design + Image: Kelly Haga

For a guaranteed way to make your kitchen dreamy, play up the ivory undertones in Tusk by combining it with a warm, soothing color or two. The modern farmhouse kitchen below is filled with inviting hues, including a backsplash of stacked Tusk, that infuses the room with a sense of peace.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with creamy colored cabinets, ivory subway tile backsplash, and wood-topped island with blue-green accent

Tile Shown: 3x6 in Tusk // Design: Alicia Davenport // Image: Besea Photography

We love how the bright kitchen below used Tusk in a classic herringbone pattern framed by tonal grout. The result is an elegantly understated backsplash that complements and doesn’t detract from the other design elements in this stunning space.

Light and bright kitchen with white herringbone tile backsplash

Tile Shown: 2x6 in Tusk // Design: Cathie Hong Interiors // Image: Christy Quiambao

In case you’re wondering if Tusk can be paired with bright yellow, the kitchen below proves that the answer is a resounding yes. The sunny base cabinets draw the eye in, but the backsplash of Braided Picket Tile in Tusk makes this space extra special.

Kitchen backsplash of white braided picket tile above bright sunny yellow cabinets

Tile Shown: Picket in Tusk // Design: Hatch Works Austin // Image: Robert Gomez Photography // Installer: Nuckels Tile

Love an all-white kitchen, but still want something a little unique? Take notes from the sleek space below by using a specialty-shaped tile, in this case H-shaped Chaine Homme, and matching it to the colors of your cabinets with Tusk.

Petite white kitchen with H-shaped white tile backsplash

Tile Shown: Chaine Homme in Tusk // Design: Mokume Design Studio // Image: Christopher Stark

Using a sophisticated neutral like Tusk on a specialty-shaped tile allows the shape to shine. The backsplash below shows off scalloped Ogee Drop tile laid in a lively Moroccan pattern, while the ivory hue of Tusk brings the curvaceous lines into the foreground.

Kitchen backsplash with white ogee drop tile in a moroccan pattern

Tile Shown: Ogee Drop in Tusk // Design: The Cabinetry // Image: Tara L. Callow

Warm white tile makes any space feel familiar and inviting--even if that space is an RV. The creatives behind The Modern Caravan used our Tusk tile to make their beloved vintage Airstream feel right at home on the road.

Airstream kitchen with mosaic white tile backsplash

Tile Shown: 1x6 in Tusk // Design: The Modern Caravan // Image: Kate Oliver

Tusk in the Bathroom

A surefire way to turn up the warmth, Tusk is a beautiful addition to any bathroom surface from showers to backsplashes and everything in between.

Or–forego the decision-making and simply include Tusk on every surface, like the new traditional bathroom below. The shower surround, tile wainscot, shower pan, and floor all benefit from the warmth of Tusk, with a handpainted floor detail thrown in for good measure.

New traditional bathroom with off-white tiled shower, tile wainscot, and tile floor

Tile Shown: 3x6 in Tusk, 6x6 in Tusk, 2x2 in Tusk, 4x4 in Shetland Wool, Seville in Neutral Motif // Design: K.Squared Design // Image: Sierra Ann Photography

If this backsplash doesn’t make you sigh with contentment, we don’t know what will. Stacked 2x6 Tile in Tusk provides order and symmetry topped off with gold-finished fixtures for a splash of luxe.

Bathroom double vanity with oval gold-rimmed mirrors with a white stacked tile backsplash

Tile Shown: 2x6 in Tusk, 3x9 in Tempest // Design: Everyday Interior Design // Image: Kelli Kroneberger Photography

Tusk’s warm undertones pair beautifully with pink and red, a fact that designer Claire Thomas took full advantage of with this one-of-a-kind floral motif that gives “watering the flowers” a whole new meaning.

Retro-inspired shower with pink, white, and red tile floral motif

Tile Shown: 4” Hexagon in Tusk, Dawn, Vintage Leather // Design + Image: Claire Thomas

Remember how we said Tusk is absolutely dreamy with marble? Here’s another stunning example, with Tusk subway tile in a classic offset pattern complemented by marble accents.

Luxe walk-in shower with gold accents, white tile shower surround, and marble accents

Tile Shown: 3x6 in Tusk, 3x6 in Salton Sea // Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel // Image: Raquel Langworthy Photography

Long and sleek, 2x8 Tusk tile creates a modern effect in a stacked pattern along this bathroom’s walls that echoes the floating bathroom vanity and mirrors, as the ivory hue infuses the space with a bright and airy feel.

Floating bathroom vanity with white stacked tile wall

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Tusk, 6” Hexagon in Gypsum // Design: Caitlin Flemming // Image: Jacqueline Pilar

We love the subtle pattern the two off-white tile sizes create in this serene bathroom. Floor-to-ceiling tile also makes the space appear taller, while earth tones and organic elements help unify the soothing aesthetic.

Soothing shower with glass door, white tile surround, and built-in shower niche

Tile Shown: 3x6 in Tusk, 3x3 in Tusk // Design + Image: Claire Thomas

Tusk’s subtle glossy sheen brightens and expands this contemporary space. The warm white tile glows in the modern shower next to a contrasting black hexagon tile floor–small tiles are also great for adding extra traction and a water-resistant surface to moisture-prone areas.

Black and white bathroom with white tile walls and black hexagon tile floor

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Tusk, 3” Hexagon in Basalt, 6x6 in Basalt // Design: Mark Davis Design // Image: Luis Costadone

Even the boldest patterns are softened by Tusk’s warm white shade. This star-crossed bathroom blends a Mini Star & Cross Tusk backsplash with a fun and sophisticated hand-painted tile floor for an eclectic mix of accents.

Eclectic bathroom with ivory star and cross tile backsplash and teal starburst handpainted tile floor

Tile Shown: Mini Star & Cross in Tusk, Starburst in Peacock Motif // Design: In Honor of Design // Image: Rustic White Photography

For a more traditional look, consider square tile in an offset pattern. This gorgeous clawfoot tub is surrounded by a warm wall of 4x4 Tusk tile accented by whimsical gold wallpaper to create a luxe soaking spot.

Clawfoot tub surrounded by white square tile surround and whimsical gold wallpaper accent

Tile Shown: 4x4 in Tusk, 4” Hexagon in Tusk // Design: Claire Thomas

Is Tusk the right white for you? Bring home free samples to preview it in your space. If you’re not sure where to start, fill out this simple form and our friendly tile experts will be in touch to assist with sample selection, renderings, design advice, and more–all for free.

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