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Fish Scale Tile Across the Color Spectrum

By Ted Ryan

Fish Scale Tile Across the Color Spectrum

Fish scale tile is popping up in all sorts of unexpected spaces, and we couldn’t be more delighted. Taking form in our ever-popular Ogee Drop Tile, this playfully scalloped pattern is beloved by all. What’s even better? It looks great no matter how you glaze it. Today we’ve collected some of our favorite fish scale and color combos.

What is fish scale tile called?

At Fireclay Tile, fish scale tiles are called Ogee Drop, named for the shape's Moroccan roots, but fish scale tile is also commonly known as mermaid tile, scallop tile, and fan tile.

Are fish scale tiles trendy?

Fish scale tiles have become very popular in recent years for their unconventional shape and playful personality they provide an installation. But that's not to say these are a flash in the pan as fish scale tiles have been featured in design for centuries, especially in Islamic architecture.

Which way does fish scale tile go?

The direction you face your fish scale pattern depends on your personal preferences. Faced curve up, the tiles can resemble clouds or a crowd of people. Faced curve down gives these tiles the look of choppy waves on the sea. Hung sideways, the tile takes on the flowing motion of a fish gliding through water. There's no right or wrong way to face fish scale tile

Blue Fish Scale Tile

Designer extraordinaire Emily Henderson put our Ogee Drop Tile in the spotlight, featuring it in cool Crater Lake. We think blue is one of the best color choices for these sea-inspired tiles. And there are many shades to choose from.

blue fish scale tile bathroom

Tile Shown: Crater Lake Ogee Drop // Design: Emily Henderson // Image: Jess Isaac

A similar installation, this guest bathroom goes a bit darker and more saturated with the shade of blue, carries the pattern down to the floor, and leaves the edges uncut and untrimmed for a more playful look.

blue fish scale tile bathroom

Tile Shown: Aegean Sea Ogee Drop // Design: Jennifer Hallock Designs // Image: D Wang Photo

Fish scale tiles are a great way to interpret nature in your interior design. While fish are the most notable influence, this ombre shower reminds us of the feathers of an exotic blue bird.

blue blend fish scale tile shower

Tile Shown: Adriatic Sea, Caribbean, Crater Lake, Lake Tahoe & Moonshine Ogee Drop // Design: The Brownstone Boys // Image: Nick Glimenakis

Featured in a single dark blue color, the fish scale tiles featured on this accent wall and shower niche have an unmistakable likeness to waves.

navy blue ogee drop tile shower

Tile Shown: Adriatic Sea 4x4 & Ogee Drop // Design: Studio 42 Design // Image: Kelley Bedoloto

Paired against the vibrant lemon patterned wallpaper, this Ogee Drop shower still commands attention with its bold color and curvaceous pattern.

blue fish scale tile shower

Tile Shown: Naples Blue Ogee Drop, White Wash 3x6 // Design: // Image:

In a cool and refreshing color, we love how the uncut edges of this half wall give the bathroom a scalloped detail against the clean white wall above.

blue bathroom wall tile

Tile Shown: Glacier Bay Ogee Drop // Design: Lovely Indeed

This powder blue tub surround makes you feel immersed in an inviting ocean with its repeating pattern and inherent color variation of handmade tile.

blue fish scale tile tub surround

Tile Shown: Crater Lake Ogee Drop // Design: Melanie Gowen Design // Image: Michael Lucas

Similar color, similar application, but turned around it's takes on a whole different look.

blue ogee drop tile shower

Tile Shown: Caribbean Ogee Drop // Design: Shannon Eddings, Sarah Bullock McIntyre // Image: Katie Jameson

Highlighting the roundness of the shape, this bathroom backsplash specs a circular mirror to sit in front of the scalloped tile backdrop.

fish scale tile bathroom backsplash

Tile Shown: Tiki Blue Ogee Drop // Design: EAG Studio // Image: Malcolm Fearon

Taking this design idea a step further, this similar vanity backsplash features a scalloped mirror to match the tile.

blue fish scale tile bathroom backsplash

Tile Shown: Caribbean Ogee Drop // Design: Kapan Shipman // Image: Dustin Bailey

A blue backsplash is a great way to add a pop of color to you kitchen and featured with a playful fish scale pattern this design really bounces.

Read more about blue kitchen backsplashes here.
blue fish scale tile kitchen backsplash

Tile Shown: Peacock Ogee Drop // Design: Murphy Deesign // Image: Sara Tramp

Because of their overlapping appearance, Ogee Drop tiles work well with with ombres and color blends, like this backsplash that combines two shades of blue with a smattering of white to match the cabinets.

blue blended tile kitchen backsplash

Tile Shown: Waikiki, Caspian Sea & Calcite Ogee Drop // Design: // Image:

This outdoor fountain takes advantage of the sense of flow fish scale tiles bring to a design, smartly featured here in a saturated blue. It makes sense here to point the curves of the tile down to follow the direction of falling water.

blue fish scale tile fountain

Tile Shown: Lapis Ogee Drop & 2x2 Sheeted, Huckleberry 4x8 // Design: Alisa Block Architect + Design // Image: Steven Brooke Photography

Fish scale tile has a powerful graphic effect, especially if your brand is all about seafood. California Fish Grill clads their fast casual restaurant with well suited fish scale tile in a match of their brand color.

blue ogee drop restaurant tile

Tile Shown: Adriatic Sea Ogee Drop // Design: Studio MYID

This poke restaurant celebrates their fish similarly with a wall of scalloped tiles. We love the layering of gloss and matte white tile on top of the gloss blue.

fish scale tile restaurant backsplash

Tile Shown: White Wash, Daisy, & Adriatic Sea Ogee Drop // Design: Black Ink // Image: Benny Ho

One person's fish scale is another's ice cream scoop. This non-profit ice cream parlor features a wall of cotton candy blue Ogee Drop tiles like layers of cones ready to eat.

blue tile backsplash

Tile Shown: Glacier Bay Ogee Drop // Design: Rob Bundy, AIA // Image: Alex Ferrec

Green Fish Scale Tile

Just like blue, green is a natural choice for fish scale tile with its vibrance, range and aquatic inspiration. Here teal tile looks like a foamy head of beer on this brewery backsplash.

green mermaid tile backsplash

Tile Shown: Bora Bora Ogee Drop // Design: Young America Creative // Image: Lauren Andersen

The overlapping pattern of Ogee Drop gives it an organic look that takes on a grassy interpretation when featured in a vernal green like this floral bathroom.

floral bathroom with green tile floor

Tile Shown: Kelp Ogee Drop // Design: Maroma Interior Design // Image: Michael Radford

Smooth lines and a soft and soothing shade of green are right at home in a relaxing bathroom while making for a memorable accent wall.

Tile Shown: Rosemary Ogee Drop, White Wash 3x12 // Design & Image: EFE Creative Lab

This deep green colorway can appear black in some settings making for a subtle and sophisticated fish scale pattern, especially the matching dark grout.

dark green bathroom tile

Tile Shown: Caspian Sea Ogee Drop // Design: Buck Moorhead Architect // Image: Marcus Brooks

A light grout will accentuate the mermaid tile, and this aqua green hue adds a tropical undertone to the underwater-inspired pattern.

green fish scale tile bathroom

Tile Shown: Lichen Ogee Drop // Design: TRG Home Concepts // Image: Courtney Apple

Layered fan patterns of smooth aerodynamic shapes are quintessential hallmarks of Art Deco design making this fan tile the perfect choice for this lavishly Deco bathroom.

Learn more about Art Deco design here.
art deco mermaid tile bathroom

Tile Shown: Bora Bora, Amalfi Coast, Naples Blue, Tiki Blue & Waikiki Ogee Drop // Design: Megan Bishop // Image: Pawel Dmytrow

Moving to midcentury design, the color variation found in handmade tile does a masterful job of subtly differentiating the shades throughout the pattern of this dry bar.

green bar backsplash tile

Tile Shown: Jade Ogee Drop // Design: Jared Zimmerman & Shannon Badiee // Image: Aerial Canvas

The decorative dark green backsplash in this open concept midcentury kitchen does a great job of drawing you in, giving the expansive space the focal point it needs.

blue green kitchen backsplassh

Tile Shown: Tiki Blue Ogee Drop // Design: City Home Collective // Image: Kerri Fukui

Here the pattern brings contemporary appeal, stretching across the bright and spacious kitchen with long ribbons of scalloped lines.

green ogee drop kitchen backsplash

Tile Shown: Amalfi Coast Ogee Drop // Design: Christl Kagiyama

This playful Ogee Drop installation in Chartreuse is all the more whimsical against an imaginative collection of blue and white delft plates.

green fish scale restaurant tile

Tile Shown: Chartreuse Ogee Drop

Red Fish Scale Tile

If you really want to have some fun with this pattern, reds are right up there with the boldest of colors, especially this vibrant reddish orange featured on a simmering tub surround.

red fish scale tile tub surround

Tile Shown: Mandarin Ogee Drop // Design: Meg Braff Designs // Image: David Land, Courtesy of Coastal Living

If the loudest reds are your speed, a soft pink can be very pleasing on the eyes and complemented by the bubbly nature of the scallop pattern.

Read our Complete Guide to Pink Kitchen Perfection here.
pink kitchen backsplash

Tile Shown: Mesa Ogee Drop // Design: Glew Build & Co. // Image: The Boho House

A blend of both might be best for your project like this artistic ombre shower laid out in a random arrangement that give the installation a feeling of action.

red ombre tile tub surround

Tile Shown: Ember, Desert Bloom, Mandarin, Caclite & White Wash Ogee Drop // Design & Image: EJ Interior Design

A sea of red fish scale tile lends an alluring liveliness to the mix. Reminiscent of koi fish, our Ogee Drop Tile in a blend of Tomato Red and Tangerine is vibrant and full of energy.

red and orange fish scale tile backsplash

Tile Shown: Tomato Red & Mandarin Ogee Drop

Opting for a more subdued but no less striking blend, this eye-catching Ogee Drop mosaic wall shapes the restaurant’s tasteful ambiance.

fish scale tile restaurant accent wall

Tile Shown: Gardenia, Sun Flower, Tomato Red Ogee Drop // Design: Shirin Richens | NOMADIKA DESIGN STUDIO // Image: Brandon McGanty

Neutral Fish Scale Tile

At the end of the day, you can't go wrong with neutrals. With its playful and chic shape, the pattern speaks for itself (plus, you can match it with almost everything).

You can arrange fish scale tile upwards to bring positive energy...

white ogee drop tub surround

Tile Shown: White Wash Ogee Drop // Design: Becki Owens

...or downwards to shower your space with waves of calm. Whichever direction you choose, you can't go wrong.

white mermaid tile tub surround

Tile Shown: Frost Ogee Drop // Design: Jillian Harris // Image: Janis Nicolay

If what you wear is an expression of who you are, then what you tile your closet with is too. Ogee Drop is an obvious choice for an original and fun loving designer.

white fish scale tile closet floor

Tile Shown: Calcite Ogee Drop // Design: Studio DIY // Image: Jeff Mindell

On the other hand, neutrals can bring a calming maturity to an installation, giving Ogee Drop a more quiet and elegant appearance compared to some of the vibrant counterparts featured above.

rustic kitchen with beige fish scale tile

Tile Shown: Magnolia Ogee Drop // Design & Image: Caitlin Shoemaker

Light and contemporary, the fish scale pattern incorporates a beautiful blend of white and light grey shades into this backsplash without looking blocky or checkered.

grey and white fish scale tile backsplash

Tile Shown: White Wash & Daisy Ogee Drop, Jardin Fretwork White Motif // Design: Susan Hall Studio // Image: Emily Minton Redfield

A similar design applied to a shower, this bathroom featured warmer neutrals to match the desert environment and give the space an inviting (and sudsy) quality.

neutral scallop tile shower

Tile Shown: Ivory & Milky Way Ogee Drop // Design: Sara Combs + Rich Combs // Image: Margaret Austin Photography

Speaking of suds, this laundry room makes choretime more enjoyable with a light to dark ombre design that lends itself well to the space.

ombre scalloped tile laundry room

Tile Shown: Adriatic Sea, Cardamom, Chateau & Ivory Ogee Drop // Design: Wraith Design // Image: Sen Creative

Matching the range of colors found in the natural stone featured on the floors and counters of this contemporary bathroom, the ceramic shower tile captures every shade of beige in a beautiful arrangement.

neutral fish scale tile shower

Tile Shown: Halite, Tusk & White Wash Ogee Drop // Design & Image: Sarah Lederman Interiors

Lending some glam to this white bathroom, shades of silver and gold blend in with the clean white Ogree Drop tile.

neutral ogee drop tub surround

Tile Shown: White Wash, Frond & Salton Sea Ogee Drop // Design: Sonny Sabhlok, Vijay Prasad, Allen Seol, and Brian Wong // Image: Austyn Moreno

Fitting in with the lush and organic qualities of Jungalow design, this earthy shade of brown with a bold grout line and scalloped edges is pure maximalism and matches the similar pattern of the hand-painted floor tile.

jungalow bathroom fish scale tile

Tile Shown: Cardamom Ogee Drop, Summit Cool Motif // Design: Faith Blakeney // Image: Justina Blakeney

Dark Fish Scale Tile

No-nonsense black and charcoal glazes turn the attitude of Ogee Drop on its head and give a floor in particular a cool cobblestone appearance. With these dark shades finish really comes into play.

Some prefer the flat look of matte...

dark brown scalloped tile floor

Tile Shown: Quartzite Ogee Drop // Design: Brad Krefman // Image: Airyka Rockefeller

...while others might look the striking glow of gloss black.

black fish scale tile floor

Tile Shown: Raven Ogee Drop // Design: Becki Owens

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