Creating a paint and tile scheme.

Finding tiles that work with your paint colours and vice versa is a common conundrum and one I’m asked to help clients with frequently, so I’d like to share a couple of tips on how to choose a tile and paint scheme that will work together to give you an eye-catching and harmonious look, drawn from a recent redesign I was commissioned to do. All the tiles featured in the images are by Fired Earth, and the paint colours are by Farrow and Ball.

In the main image above, the tile border in this master bathroom is the focal point and I decided on the calm, warm Castle Gray paint to act as a backdrop to them, maximising their effect and drawing the eye to their rich colours and shimmery effect. The blue-grey of the paint picks out a similar shade present in the tile border, as well as matching the blue-grey in the stone floor tiles. All of the colours are from the same tonal family which is crucial for achieving colour family. You can read about this in more detail in “An Opinion On Yellow”.

So in this instance the paint colour is a neutral that connects with points on the wall and floor, as well as with the neutral stone tiles beneath the border, and elevates the tile border as a feature. This was an appropriate way to showcase this scheme as the bathroom is fairly bare and minimalist, and highlighting the detail of the tile border gives this room a pretty point of interest.

The next image here shows the transition from the kitchen floorboards to the conservatory’s terracotta stone tiles. In this instance I chose a wall colour (also terracotta), of the same colour intensity as the floorboards and floor tiles to provide a seamless visual flow from one room to the next. At the same time, it’s important to zone separate areas off from each other and the little inset tiles help to do this. As is always the case with my approach to a project, the shades of the floorboards, tiles and wall paint are all drawn from the same colour family, and they complement the existing artefacts and textiles across the two rooms.

Lastly, these gorgeous blue and pinkish stone coloured wall tiles in the kitchen were also matched in the same colour intensity to the pink Setting Plaster wall paint, in order to provide more of blended visual flow. This is because the kitchen area generally contains a lot of equipment and utensils which aren’t always tucked away from sight as was the case with this clients kitchen area. Keeping the tiles and paint the same colour intensity as each other prevents either from standing out and overpowering the space. Everything on its own merit though – depending on the needs of a project, sometimes having one or the other stand out as a feature really works as described above regarding the master bathroom.

In the final image you can see how the kitchen and conservatory colours complement each other, and harmonise. If you would like any help with putting your paint and tiles together, I’d love to hear from you.

Claire Templer

COLOUR SCHEME by Claire Templer Design : Colour and design for interiors
PAINT by Farrow & Ball

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