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Tile Color Spotlight: Shell's Neutral Nuances

By Susanne Redfield |

Soothing Warm White and Wood Kitchen with Shell Tile

Natural textures, gentle light, and a nuanced palette create a calm and cozy atmosphere. With its barely there touch of cream and light glossy, crackle finish, our Shell glazed tile offers an inviting neutral backdrop.

Simply put, layering natural elements is the key to creating a warm, serene, well-designed space.  Neutral colors like ivory and cream allow you to focus on form and function more easily. The kitchen below, done in a minimal scandinavian style, has reflected this philosophy for centuries.
Scandinavian Style White and Wood Kitchen

Image: Style Files

For a clean, contemporary look try a 2x6 subway style tile instead of the traditional 3x6 and install in a straight-set pattern.

Shell Tile in 2x6 in a Straight Set Pattern

Tile color shown: Shell 2x6

Ivory hues, soft sage green and rough hewn beams create an easy country elegance.  Warmer tinted whites bring a pale radiance to a space, construct a foundation or a blank slate for unlimited color and style possibilities.

Warm White Subway Tiled Country Kitchen

Image: My Sweet Savanah

The organic, off-white shade of Shell is an ideal partner for all types of slab counter tops, from granite, to marble, to composit. 

Off White 4x4 Tiled Kitchen Backsplash

Image: Home Bunch

Take a sample of Shell with you the next time you are on the hunt for a gorgeous stone product.

Grey Lucido Marble, Shell Tile and Calacatta Marble

Image: Marble Grey Lucido          Tile color shown: Shell                   Image: Calacatta Marble

Layering whites can look stunning, the marble counter tops, white backsplash tile and creamy cabinets are not all exactly the same, but the similarity in hue makes the whole space come together.

Layered White Kitchen with Warm White Tiled Backsplash

Image: Flourish Design & Style

Pure, uncomplicated materials like wood floors and counters really warm up a kitchen. Layer and blend these natural materials to add texture and make the kitchen cozier.

White and Light Wood Floored Kitchen

Image: Lee Caroline

Adding some stunning originality, like one of our specialty patterns develops a focal point, without introducing a more saturated color. 

Ogee Drop Tile in Shell

Tile specialty shape shown: Ogee Drop

White reflective glossy surfaces keep things light and cheerful, even in small windowless spaces.

Warm White 4x4 Tile Shower with Shelving

Image: Intergamma

Soft gray walls, nickle fittings, and white crackle subway tile backsplash are a sublimely classic design choice for any powder room.

Soft Gray and White Tiled Bathroom Backsplash

Image: Decor Pad

One of the best features of this warm white hue—you will never grow tired of it. Neutral will always be a classic. White is invariably a great option for traditional interiors, below, the color of the tile takes a backseat, keeping the focus on the exquisiste architectural detailing in the bath.

White Subway Tile in an Offset Pattern is Abundant in this Bathroom

Image: Meghan Carter

Warm, off-white subway style tile keep this basement wash room crisp and clean, who wouldn't want to do a little laundry at the end of the day?

Warm White Subway Tile in an Offset Pattern in this Airy Laundry Room

Image: Jenna Sue Designs

Like the idea of incorporating Shell into your home? Order free samples online 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.