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.
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.
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.
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.
Paired against the vibrant lemon patterned wallpaper, this Ogee Drop shower still commands attention with its bold color and curvaceous pattern.
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.
This powder blue tub surround makes you feel immersed in an inviting ocean with its repeating pattern and inherent color variation of handmade tile.
Similar color, similar application, but turned around it's takes on a whole different look.
Highlighting the roundness of the shape, this bathroom backsplash specs a circular mirror to sit in front of the scalloped tile backdrop.
Taking this design idea a step further, this similar vanity backsplash features a scalloped mirror to match the tile.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This deep green colorway can appear black in some settings making for a subtle and sophisticated fish scale pattern, especially the matching dark grout.
A light grout will accentuate the mermaid tile, and this aqua green hue adds a tropical undertone to the underwater-inspired pattern.
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.
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.
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.
Here the pattern brings contemporary appeal, stretching across the bright and spacious kitchen with long ribbons of scalloped lines.
This playful Ogee Drop installation in Chartreuse is all the more whimsical against an imaginative collection of blue and white delft plates.
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.
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.
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.
Opting for a more subdued but no less striking blend, this eye-catching Ogee Drop mosaic wall shapes the restaurant’s tasteful ambiance.
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...
...or downwards to shower your space with waves of calm. Whichever direction you choose, you can't go wrong.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Speaking of suds, this laundry room makes choretime more enjoyable with a light to dark ombre design that lends itself well to the space.
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.
Lending some glam to this white bathroom, shades of silver and gold blend in with the clean white Ogree Drop tile.
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.
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...
...while others might look the striking glow of gloss black.
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