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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

Image: Foolscap Studio

Mixing matte and gloss finishes can be a beautiful, yet quiet way to add texture to your spaces. The subtle 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 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.

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.

For a similar look to the above, you could try two of our brightest whites, Calcite and White Wash.


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 or in stripes, as shown below.

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

3. Try a gradient

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 stove top), 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.


Tile shown: A blend of 3" Hexagons from our Foundations Collection

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 (like the installation shown below) or opt for a few colors in a mixture of matte and gloss finishes.


Image: Custom Craft Contractors

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