Ombre can be defined as the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. Martha Stewart describes it as, "the gentle progression of color in ombre as a transition from wakefulness to slumber." How lovely does that sound? You have likely seen this trend before in hair and fashion, so why not apply it to tile? You can use bright colors or soft neutrals, with a couple tones or several; working your way up from the darkest to the lightest shade you have chosen. You can opt to install in a classic offset, herringbone or straight set if you are going for a more defined "striped" look. Also, don't forget about our specialty shapes. Our Hexes, Kite, Ogee Drop, Paseo or Wave (to name a few) would all make for striking installations as well.
This eye-catching concept can be applied to nearly any of your spaces, from your fireplace hearth, to flooring to your kitchen backsplash. You can also use any of our 3 materials, Brick, Glass or Tile to get this look. Below we'll show you 3 ways you can add an ombre tile installation to your home:
1. Soft and Tonal:
By choosing softer tones and colors that flow smoothly from one to the next, you can get a gentle, ombre installation. The tiled accent wall below uses similar gray hues in herringbone pattern for a subtle ombre:
We love the concept below of pairing tile with digitally printed wood tiles, but you could also accomplish this idea by just using two colors of tile that are similar in tone.
Image: Simply Grove
The bathroom installation below illustrates a really nice progression of greens from floor to ceiling:
For a clean, tonal ombre like the one above, you could try:
You can also opt for a higher variation color and choose a white tile as its counterpart for a more simplified ombre:
2. Go Bold:
There is fun to be had with this trend. You can throw an unexpected color in the mix, go for an array of bold hues and you can also make your ombre less structured, like the example below. We love the unexpected progression from red, to peach to neutral and the way the have woven the lightest tone throughout to soften the brighter colors.
Here is a similar set up in a cooler palette on a kitchen floor:
Image: Design 8 Blog
We'd love to see the above in our Brick:
The darkly hued shower below showcases how even if you choose bolder colors, you can still have smooth tranisitions between colors. We really like the way they chose to move from color to color in this installation.
While you would never want your hair to have a stripe-y ombre look, with tile, it's a good thing! This is where you can make the color progressions more pronounced and the fade from dark to light a bit less subtle.
You can see how they have centered this installation with a rich hue and fanned out from light to dark from the middle:
Image: Apartment Therapy
Rather than segmented color blocking, you can choose several colors that slightly contrast, for a more bold, striped ombre.
We like the way the ombre fans out from the center in the installation below, creating a mirrored look:
Image: House of Turquoise
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