Mix Tile Styles Like a Pro

Posted by Anastasia Casey on

When adding multiple tile styles to a space there is much to consider. Size, shape, texture, and material all work together to create a cohesive look, so we've pulled some inspired designs by our favorite professionals to spark your own creativity.

shower stall with mix of tile shapes

Design by Heidi Caillier | Photo by Haris Kenjar

Go Black and White

A classic, no-fail combination, pairing black and white tiles in different shapes is a guaranteed success. Here, Seattle designer HC combined a mosaic tile floor with white marble and black subway tiles. A pencil-thin edge piece brings interest to the upper part of the walls while referencing the darker shades found below. If this combo feels a little stark to you, pair it was warm brass hardware, raw wood tones, and colorful textiles to bring in some coziness.

Shop our similar styles: Honed Carrara Subway, Limestone SubwayHoned Marble Hexagon

kitchen with slab backsplash and white tile

Design by Katie LeClerq | Photo by Aaron Leitz 

Add a Slab

Stone slab backsplashes are currently trending, but that doesn’t mean one has to forgo tile. Why not use both? Designer Katie LeClerq paired an extra-thick counter with a stone backsplash and chose a classic white square tile in an offset pattern to clad the walls and inside of an appliance niche, giving the kitchen decidedly French-cafe vibes. The soft matching grout means that the tile fades into the background, but we have no doubt the room's totally wipeable walls mean that its function is second to none.

Shop our similar styles: Classic White Square


bathroom with zellige tile and brick floors

Design by Alison Giese | Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Think About Texture

Texture reigns supreme in this bathroom with the shiny-and-matte combination of handmade tile on the shower walls and brick pavers on the floor. Pairing two materials that offer so much nuance in color might seem risky, but designer Alison Giese pulled it off by specifying tiles in similar tones of cream, beige, brown, and white. Raw wood cabinetry and a natural stone counter offer more interest and depth to the room, while the sleek lighting a mirror add contrast.

Shop our similar styles: Magma Collection, Muy Rustico

bathroom with square and tiny tile

Design by JHL Design

Create a Scheme

To help narrow down your tile options, start with the the whole-room color and texture palette. This bathroom is awash in gray, blue, and white, and all of the materials work together to create a serene, layered environment. A handmade tile provides a lot of variation in color and tone, and that is paired with a simple white penny tile with a grout color that pulls the gray shade from the wall tile. A stone counter with heavy gray veining atop a blue-painted vanity brings the three shades together outside the shower for a cohesive scheme.

Shop our similar styles: Handcraft Blue, Artisan AquamarinaPenny White Gloss

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