Ultimate Combinations: Patterns & Plain Colours

Take a dash of intense pattern and add it to a swathe of plain colour and et voila! You’ve got an Ultimate Combination that will work time and time again – in both traditional and contemporary settings. Don’t believe us? Then read on as we’re about to show you exactly how it works…

Star Struck

Choosing a ‘wow’ tile for the bathroom floor is a brilliant way of making the plain white bath tub stand out – and adding a row of Metropolis Star Wall & Floor tiles to emphasise the alcove shelf is a fine idea too. Pair with plain Metro XL Flat White Matt wall tiles for a contrasting element.

Singing the Indigo Blues

Our ceramic Metropolis Star Indigo wall and floor tiles are designed to have an authentic vintage look and feel about them – if you want a plain tiles to contrast, consider our Rombos Rustic Cream floor tiles. We’re imagining these tiles with some serious shades of blue paint for the walls – a bold, positive colour such as Stiffkey Blue from Farrow & Ball, it’s described as an inky blue. Use eggshell for walls and woodwork to create a backdrop for the tiles.

Colour Pop

If you fancy combining colour and pattern, think about one single bold section of colour – perhaps in the shower enclosure. This is a good interior design ploy, as it ‘contains’ the colour to one precise area. These are our Fulham Light Blue ceramic tiles with an intense gloss finish, with a burnt edge effect and subtle shading throughout. Each measures 400mm x 150mm.

Take a closer look at the shading of our Fulham tiles, in Fulham Light Blue and  Fulham Sage also in Aqua, Green and Grey – all good choices to pair up with some of our patterned tiles.

Intricate Ideas

Go for intricate and colourful patterns for a tiled feature wall, or perhaps an upstand, splashback or shower panel. Our Nikea Multi Matte Wall & Floor tiles allow endless plain colour combinations, just pick one focus colour for the rest of the walls – try deep blues, coppery or green shades for an intense, contrasting combination. Each tile is designed to have a traditional, rustic-style finish and measures in at 200mm x200mm – with a random selection from the 25 different surface designs available, supplied per box.


Mixing it Up

These matt finish Oxford Mix floor tiles look exactly like Art Deco (or even Victorian) encaustic floor tiles – but these are much more convenient to use and install. Each tile measures 450mm x 450mm and has score lines to create the appearance of four smaller tiles in a 2 x 2 format. Pick a plain colour, for walls or joinery details. Consider the lovely biscuit-y Little Rascal, warm terracotta Flower Pot or mid-toned denim blue Skipper , all from the environmentally-friendly Earthborn paint collection. Get the paint brushes out, as well as the tiling kit!

Too Much Choice!

If it’s possible to be spoilt for choice as far as the combination of pattern and colour is concerned, take a deep breath before diving into the breathtaking choices our Andalucia Patterned Porcelain Wall & Floor tiles provide. We can’t even think of a focus colour that wouldn’t work with any of these complex patterns! You can have a scroll through each design here; each box of tiles contains a random selection of the 24 different surface patterns available.

Perfect Patterns

Ahh, we are in awe of these wonderfully patterned Concretia Concrete Grey Decor outdoor porcelain slabs. Black, as shown here, is particularly attractive, with six individual and detailed patterns used for the decors. Team with colourful walls – why not spruce up the outdoor terrace walls or fences using bright, bold colours. Try the Ducksback 5-year colour and weather protection formula from Cuprinol, shades include Forest Green and Autumn Gold; great contrasting combinations with dark grey and/or black outdoor tiles.

On Cloud Nine

Colour, comfort, pattern and contrast are all entwined within this bathroom scheme. The deep wall colour (try Ruby Starlet from Dulux) is a brilliant combination with the more subtle colours and patterns of our  Adele Cloud Grey Floor Tiles. Naturally, for that extra bit of luxury underfoot, install Underfloor Heating beneath these very fetching tiles! And if that sounds a bit ambitious, then check out our Help Centre section – it’s packed full of helpful advice on choosing underfloor heating systems and there’s even a useful guide to measuring out ahead of purchasing a UFH system.

Soft, Crackled Colours

Any of three beautiful crackle-glaze colours here, from top, Bella Craquele Pink, Bella Craquele Beige and  Bella Craquele Blue, would work with the Adele patterned tiles we’ve shown just above. The fact that our Bella Craquele tiles have an aged, crackle-glaze finish adds another dimension to the combination of colour and pattern.

Creative Colour & Pattern

This bathroom has it all – a splash of colour, some swathes of pattern, and some perfect plain tiles as well. All in one quirky and highly appealing scheme. These are our Grazia Hexagon Decor tiles, which are in a range of 20 intense surface patterns, a random selection of which is supplied in each box. Team with our Apollo Hexagon White for balance and contrast. Each hexagonal tile measures 330mm x 285mm.

Will you be combining large patterns and plain colours in you next interior project? If so then don’t forget to send us your pictures of your finished projects – share your pics with us over on Twitter tagging @TileMountainUK or on Instagram!

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Linda has worked as a freelance interiors writer and blogger for many years; she has written for most of the major home and design magazines, including KBB Magazine, Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Period Homes and Good Homes. She made the break and moved from London back to her home town of Shrewsbury three years ago and has just finished renovating her house. She also works in an interior design studio, produces copy for brochures and website, tries to tame her garden, aims to finish all the home furnishing projects she has on the go … and loves walking.