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How to choose a floor tile color

Updated February 21, 2017

Choosing the right tile colour for your floors can be a difficult decision. With the wide variety of shades, hues, and designs, it can be tricky to choose what's best for your dwelling. There are many factors that affect your final outcome. Knowing what they are and how they apply will prepare you to make the best possible choice when you choose a floor tile colour.

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  1. Compare colour samples of the walls and decorations in the room with potential tiles. Ensure the tiles match the existing decor to avoid clashing once the tiles are installed.

  2. Choose between varied, complex tiles or simple, one-shaded tiles. Multi-colour tiles are more eye-catching and will draw attention away from other points in the room, whereas plain, matching tiles will focus attention on and accent furniture and other decorations.

  3. Use floor tiles that match the style of your home. Vivid colours such as black, white or purple are more matched to a modern home. Terra cotta and rustic or pastel colours are more suited to older homes or ranch houses.

  4. Take potential tiles into the room that you are re-tiling. Lighting plays a large part in the final appearance of the tile, and the lighting will be very different in your home than the store. Place the tile on the floor in several different places around the room to judge the appearance.

  5. Choose lighter colours and shades for smaller, more compact rooms to make the room appear more spacious. Likewise, choose dark shades to make rooms appear smaller, and overly large rooms appear cosier.

  6. Tip

    Always talk to a sales representative at the stores in which you're shopping. They usually have an excess of knowledge and experience with tiles, and will be able to help you choose a colour that will match your room or home.

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About the Author

Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.

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