When choosing a colour scheme for you home there are a number of things to consider. From lighting, to room size and theme to material, redecorating can feel like an unachievable task at times. But fear not, decorating is a fun experience when you know the basic tips and tricks. With that in mind, lets take a look at how you can choose the right colour tiles for your home.

Research

Tiles are just as important as any other feature within a room. Just like wall paint or wallpaper, tiles help to create a strong base from which you can create the rest of the look you are trying to achieve. Because of this, its always a good idea to do plenty of research before shopping for your new tiles.

Looking in to the aesthetic that you are going for, or just general design ideas, will massively help to reduce the time you have to spend trawling through tile samples and web pages.

Property

Its easy to get swept up with designs and motifs when redecorating but its just as important to take in to consideration the style of your property. If you live in a modern new build home, traditional victorian tiles might look a little out of place. Similarly, modern tiles might seem odd in some period homes. Striking the balance of old and new is a hard one, but look at other homes for inspiration when working with homes that have a clear time period to their structure.

Room size

It goes without saying that the size of the room will affect the type of tile you choose. Small rooms that have little access to natural light aren’t going to suit darker tiles. Instead, in small bathrooms for example, use white bathroom tiles to help open up the space. Larger rooms are far more forgiving for those maximalist styles, so use this to you full advantage and make the most of those richer colours where possible.

Colour

We’ve briefly touched on it but when it comes to colours, there are three basic schemes to work by which are tonal, harmonious and complementary. Tonal schemes use the same colour in varying shades to create depth to a room. Tonal coloured tiles are great for natural, softer looks. Harmonious colours focus on using two colours that are close to each other on the colour wheel. For example, purple and blue or yellow and orange. These colours work well together naturally with no effort at all on your part so are ideal for contemporary designs. Finally, complementary colours are colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel, like pink and green. The contrast works well together and can give really strong, bold looks. Ultimately, the colour is of course up to you and your tastes, but these general colour principles are good to work by.

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