Design Trends: Tips and Tricks For Going Geometric With Tile
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Let's face it, geometric shapes are taking over–and we kind of love it. Everywhere from textile design to tile design, these geometric beauties are giving the world of design a little edge, and we simply can't get enough. When it comes to tile, geometric shapes and patterns add a fresh, contemporary look to kitchens and bathrooms alike–Allowing you to experiment with, size, color, and scale. Below are some of our favorite tips and tricks for putting those highschool geometry skills to use with tile.
The hexagon is a classic geometric tile shape that will always transcend trends, making it a staple shape in tile design. If you're worried hexagons border on traditional, mix things up with color and scale. A large format Hexagon such as our 12" size offers a more modern take on the classic shape. For a geometric look mix black and white hexagons with a fun pop of color similar to the bathroom below. The black and white provides a graphic yet neutral background, allowing the bright green hexagons to take center stage.
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Grid-Inspired Field Tile
Geometric tile doesn't necessarily mean to have to choose a dramatic shape and color scheme. Instead, keep it simple with a classic white square field tile and a contrasting black grout line. By arranging your tile in a straight set layout, you create a grid-inspired design that is perfectly geometric.
Geometric Specialty Shapes
When creating a geometric design, choose tile shapes that have crisp angles such as our Picket, Kite, Star & Cross, Chaine Homme, Chaine Femme, and Cravat shapes. You can highlight the geometric nature of the shape by contrasting the tile with your grout line. The tile installation below uses a lighter grout line with a dark tile color to highlight the shape of the tile, making the overall pattern the shape creates the focal point of the design.
Geometric Handpainted Tile
If you're looking to cover a large surface area in geometric tile, try a Graphic Handpainted pattern. Many of our Handpainted designs feature simple color palettes with one or two glazes and angular patterns. Our graphic Handpainted patterns can be as simple as a black and white color palette, you don't always need color to make a statement. To recreate the look below try our Moroccan Handpainted design, Jardin Fretwork in the Neutral Motif, or Diamond Contour from our Contemporary Collection in the Dark Motif.
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Handpainted pattern shown: Jardin Fretwork in the Neutral Motif
Handpainted pattern shown: Diamond Contour in the Dark Motif