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Stories: Tropical Escape

By Lindsey |

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Tile Shown: 4" Hexagons in Aqua // Design: Elana Jadallah 

Expertly curated by Design Consultant Tiffannie White, Fireclay's newest story, Tropical Escape offers refreshing beachy hues that are sure to make all the right waves. On today's blog, we're sharing more details of Tiffannie's paradise-inspired collection along with her best design tips to create your own personal utopia. 

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Enjoy summer vibes all year long with Tiffannie's timelessly tropical palette which includes 2x4 color samples in Cerulean, St. Alban's Blue, Powder Blue, Adriatic Sea, Aqua, Hawaiian Blue, Calcite, and Naples Blue:

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Tiffannie's Top 5 Design Tips: 

1. Strike the Right Balance
When considering tile shape and color, you need to first think about all the other elements happening in the space and how they'll look all together. If you have a pretty simple space, don't be afraid to bring in more saturated colors or one of our specialty shapes for a pop of pattern. If there's already a lot happening, stick with traditional shapes, but add a pop of fun with a bright color. 

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Tile shown: 4 x 8's in Hawaiian Blue // Design: Meg Braff Designs // Image: David Land for Coastal Living

You have to strike the right balance-- which will change depending on the other design elements in the space. 

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2. Lighting is Key
Lighting is everything! It can dramatically change how color appears in your space. If your space doesn't get a lot of natural light, make sure you supplement by using the right bulbs to help illuminate your space and tile project.

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Tile Shown: 8" Hexagons in Adriatic Sea // Design: Justina Blakeney 

Mirrors are a great design accessory that can both reflect light and make your space appear larger than it is! 

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Tile Shown: 8" Hexagons and Mini Star and Cross in Adriatic Sea

3. Think Holistically 
Your living space should be nurturing and bringing the outdoors in is a great way to do that! I love filling spaces with plants and other greenery (the oxygen they release is an added bonus!). If you don't have a green thumb, you can still bring the outdoors in with green tile, accents, or accessories. 

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Tile shown: 4" Hexagons in Aqua // Design: Elana Jadallah

4. Know your Materials
Make sure you understand your handmade tiles potential color variation scale and other inherent characteristics. Be sure to ask your Fireclay Tile Design Consultant about our crazing (aka crackle) levels and variation in color or size. Even your grout color choice can be a topic of discussion to make sure your design is appropriate with the tile you are selecting. 

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Tile shown: 2 x 8 in St. Alban's Blue

Get Design Assistance from a Fireclay Design Consultant like Tiffannie here!

5. Remember to Have Fun!
Neutral 3 x 6 subway tile is always a great and timeless option, but if there's anything telling you to add a tiny bit of color or pattern, go with your gut and do it! If you're having a hard time settling on color and pattern, you can request digital renderings of your space from your Design Consultant so you can better envision how everything will come together. 


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Tile Shown: Wave in Naples Blue // Design: Fernanda Conrad

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Looking for even more tropical inspiration? Check out Tiffannie's Pinterest Board

Want to bring a slice of paradise home with you? Order your Tropical Escape sample pack 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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