Ultimate Combinations: Strong Walls + Pale Floors

Who doesn’t love a bit of contrast in their colour schemes? Even if your home is a very restrained pale grey or cream throughout, we bet there will be a few eye-catching moments of contrast here and there! So, this month’s edition of Ultimate Combinations sees us taking a closer look at combinations of strong, bold-coloured walls and the soothing contrast of a pale floor. Read on for ultimate inspiration…

Industrial Style Luxury

How stunning are our new Lemmy Indio Blue porcelain tiles? They’re designed to look like weathered concrete tiles, with the addition of a bit of colour. Available in three formats; 600mm x 1200mm, 600mm x 600mm and 600mm x 150mm. They’re seriously stylish and can add that burst of colour to the walls of any room. To complete the combination with a pale floor tile, try our Wood Effect Baltimore porcelain tiles, laid in a herringbone/chevron pattern.

Singin’ the Blues

The subtle shades of blue found within our Fulham Light Blue Wall Tiles are emphasised with a ‘burnt edge’ look, which gives them an authentic vintage feel. Make the blue stand out with a pale floor, think along the lines of our Stoneage Lux Sand Semi-Polished porcelain tiles for a high-end look that will blend well with gold-finish fittings.

Glamorous Gold     

Add a serious element of luxury to a pale floor with our Calacatta Gold Polished Marble Effect porcelain floor tiles. They’re extra-large, at 800mm x 800mm and will add glamour to a bathroom or kitchen – especially if combined with dark wall tiles. We’re thinking along the line of our very fabulous Lemmy Venom Black for dramatic impact.

Blue Combinations

Dark blue is a fantastic colour choice for a calm, cosy bedroom. Blue itself is a soothing colour, and hopefully a scheme like this combination of dark + pale will promote a tranquil sleep. This is the Orson Bedside Table in Blue from Danetti. Enhance the contrast with a pale upholstered bed and light flooring. May we suggest our Luxury Vinyl Flooring in Colorado Oak as a pretty perfect choice?

Getting the Combination Right

Try some of these elements to get the ultimate combination of strong walls and pale floors united in your new colour schemes. From left; Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore, part of the Historic Colour collection and a beautiful blue choice for a feature wall. Then we have our Mikeno Ash Wood Effect porcelain planks, measuring 900mm x 150mm – and they can be used for walls as well. Then it’s another strong blue element from Tile Mountain, our very own Village Royal Blue square wall tiles, which are also available in a smaller 65mm x 200mm format.

Madcap Ideas

OK, yes, we love a bit of wallpaper madness! It’s a good way of adding a modern look to a tiled floor, bringing in crazy colour and pattern to a scheme. This is Flying Objects Blue Wallpaper by Dowsing & Reynolds. It adds that ‘strong walls’ element to our Ultimate Combinations theme. Try our Portland Oak Luxury Vinyl Flooring to balance out the bold, bright pattern.

Low-Key Options

Left; Add a subtle grounded element to a strong wall colour scheme with plain floor tiles, such as our Kromatika Grey Wall and Floor tiles – the soft shade still embraces an element of pattern from the hexagonal format. Right; Try our Clay Chequer Silver floor tiles, each measures 450mm x 450mm and is designed to have the appearance of four smaller square tiles.

Strong Looks + Pattern

This simple scheme is perfectly attainable – plain pale floor tiles and a strong colour game for the walls! These are our Savoy Leaf Gloss Decor tiles in ceramic, with a raised surface design to add extra interest (plain versions are also available). The format size is 300mm x 100mm, so they are also very straightforward to install. Take a look at our Extreme White Polished Porcelain Floor Tiles to complete the scheme. And if you’re looking for an L-shaped shower bath, hop over to Bathroom Mountain and look at the L-Shaped Bath with Front Panel and Easy Clean Screen  – left and right-hand versions are available.

Golden Years

This is one of the looks that inspired this week’s theme – such a deliciously strong wall colour, combined with lighter floor tiles. The wall tiles are our large-format Lemmy Pumpkin Gold, measuring 1200mm x 600mm and adding a glamorous/industrial edge to the scheme (is there such as thing as glam-industrial? Well, there is now…) Lemmy Excalibur Grey tiles are used for the floor, adding that lighter element, and thanks to the large format, are a really good option for a walk-in shower.

Extreme Combinations

Go for the extreme option with a very strong wallpaper look, combined with a perfectly pale floor. This is the Peach Foam Mural from Wallsauce. It’s full of beautiful vibrant shades, which are allowed to stand out against neutral tones for below-dado panelling and the floor. Try our Baltimore Wood Effect Floor Tiles in White, in plank-form, to compliment all those colours!

Will you be combining strong walls and pale floors in your next interior redesign project? If so then don’t forget to send us your pictures of the end result – 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.