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Design Trends: 4 Ways to Mix Gloss and Matte Tile

By Kali

Design Trends: 4 Ways to Mix Gloss and Matte Tile

Mixing matte and gloss finishes can be a beautiful yet subtle way to add texture to your spaces. The softness of a matte, combined with the light-reflecting shine of a gloss, can supply an additional point of interest to any installation.

This look can be achieved with our ceramic, brick or glass tile and works well for any application, from your fireplace surround to your kitchen backsplash to your bathroom floor. You can control the ratio of how much gloss to matte you prefer, whether it is a pronounced difference or a light spattering.

shower niche with glass tile

Tile Shown: Barn Swallow Matte 3x9, Barn Swallow Gloss 3x6 // Design: Andrea Dabene // Image: Alex Strohl

Below are four of our favorite ways to combine matte and gloss finishes.

1. Bright Whites

If you are working with whites; the slight contrast between the textures is understated and modern. This is a great way to spice up a classic white subway or all-white specialty shape installation.

white backsplash with a mix of gloss and matte tiles

Tile Shown: Calcite, White Wash & Frost 3x3 Sheeted // Design: Joy Street Design // Image: Sen Creative

2. Neutrals

If you are taking a neutral approach, choosing a gloss and matte in similar tones is clean and sophisticated. You can do this in a randomized pattern, as shown below, or with a more uniform arrangement like stripes or checks.

office kitchen backsplash with matte and gloss tile

Tile Shown: Tusk & Halite 2x4 Sheeted // Design & Image: Project M Plus

For a similar look to the installation above, try two of our warmer neutrals, Gardenia and Ivory.

3. Go with Gradients

If you are you concerned about installing a matte finish for your kitchen backsplash because you fear a more difficult cleaning process (especially near your stovetop), fear not! It is actually as painless to clean as its glossy counterpart.

However, if you are still worried, there is always the option of doing a gradient–starting with gloss at the bottom and working upwards into matte—sort of like a soft ombre if you will.

ombre tile backsplash

Tile Shown: Milky Way, Tuolumne Meadows, Sorbet & Mandarin 3x3 Sheeted // Aker Interiors // Image: Jess Isaac Photography

4. Make a Statement

Go bold! If you love this sort of contrast, really showcase it with a striking color, specialty shape or pattern. You can do this by choosing colors that are similar tonally. or opt for a few colors in a mixture of matte and gloss finishes.

Choosing a matte floor tile with glossy wall tile, like the shower below, is a smart practical choice as well for wet areas where slip resistance underfoot is welcomed.

shower with matte and gloss glass tile

Tile Shown: Rosy Finch Matte & Pheasant Gloss 3x12, Dolomite 3x9 // Design: Handsome Salt // Image: Jenny Siegwart

Love this look? Order free tile or glass samples now. Need some help? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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