Tile School: Four Degrees of Color Variation
Tile Shown: Sand Dune is ranked a V3 due to its higher variation and crackle finish.
Everything we make is handmade and is made just for YOU. This custom, handmade quality is often reflected in the beautiful variation of color that exists within each tile. Variation is something that occurs naturally in ceramics; different glazes react differently with various materials, kiln temperatures and, locations within the kiln while in the firing process.
We rate the color variation, whether it be Brick, Glass or, Tile, from a level of one to four. V1 is the least amount of variation and V4 has the most noticable amount. You can find out which variation level a color falls under by exploring its individual color page on our website.
We love our higher-variation colors, but understand that they are not for everyone. We have plenty of lower variation colors to choose from too. These levels are important to take note of when you are sampling colors and making an order--as we always want you to be thrilled with the outcome of your project. Below we will show you examples of color variation so that you can get a better sense of what material and variation level is right for you and your project!
V1 and V2
These two variation levels have the least amount of color variation. This level is typical in our recycled clay body when the glaze is simply a gloss or matte. Many of our Foundation colors, and a few colors of our Brick fall into this category as well.
Tile Shown: 4" Triangles in White Wash. This color is rated as a V1 and has very little variation.
Gypsum, one of our matte glazes, is listed as V2, where there is only a small amount of color variation:
Our Glass tiles are rated as V1, with little variation:
However, if you'd like a little variation in your glass tile installation, you can play with sheen! All of our glass tile colors are available in matte and gloss finishes; you can see how the combination of the two sheens look in the bathroom below:
V3 and V4
This is where you are going to see a greater variation. We encourage you to talk with your Design Consultant about getting multiple samples of a higher variation (V3 and V4) color so that you can see its full range.
The kitchen below features one of our most popular brick colors, White Mountains, which is rated a V3:
The bathroom below features not one but two, high variation glazes!
Here's Sand Dune again (paired with Tusk a V2 Glaze) to show that color variation is not something we can control and that it varies between orders. Some orders will show more or less variation than others.
Many of our Brick and Tile colors fall into the V3 - V4 level. All of our colors that are engobe, have crackle, or are patined will naturally have more color variation. As you can see below in an installation of Mist, which is a V4 rated color due to its crackle finish:
Verve Coffee Roasters chose our high variation glaze, Allegheny, for a pop of color in one of their locations:
Do you have more questions about color variation? Would you like a few samples of a higher variation color? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.