This week I arrived at a consultation to help my client choose the right floor tile to coordinate with her new countertop.
I will tell you all about this particular bathroom when I get the after photo, however this tip was too good not to share with you immediately!
Always carry 3 or 4 standard white tile colours with you
We were looking at the possible floor tiles (not shown) she had chosen to coordinate with this countertop (below):
Since I always carry my true-white, off-white and cream subway tiles with me, I pulled them out to compare to the countertop and all the different floor tiles we were looking at to identify the whites we where working with.
Choosing the right one suddenly became a snap.
When you attend one of my live workshops, how you learn to choose the right colour AND explain the WHY (your colour is right) is through comparing. That’s what we do for three days.
You can’t perfectly match white tile
But paint is different than tile. You can’t match tiles perfectly.
I learned this when I chose white hex tile, white subway tile and the white end-cap in my master bathroom. I wrote about that here.
Basically all three of the tiles I was using came from three different factories in China so they are never going to be a perfect match. Even in whites.
No wonder so many bathrooms end up a hot mess if you start trying to introduce a combination of patterns, NEVER MIND just coordinating the whites.
I took the liberty of inserting the gradations of white paint colours here, below (the only one that’s missing is blue-white).
Learn all about the 5 whites you need to know in my White is Complicated eBook here.
You can see in the image above that the quartz is not cream, off white, or true white, right away by comparing it to the three tiles that represent each category. It is in fact greige. The floor tile should read greige to relate well to this countertop.
And which white subway tile is right to work with it? Well you could go with off white or true white.
When choosing tile, you need to have point of comparison otherwise how do you know where you are?
You can get lost really fast and get it wrong just as fast.
Don’t just guess, this is the easiest trick, simply carry around a cream, off white and true white subway tile for easy comparison.
Can I get an Amen?
It is my joy in life to help you have a more beautiful home.
And did I mention I don’t judge? Lately I’ve been hearing this a lot “I know you don’t like this, or I know you wouldn’t have done this, but. . . ”
If you’re not convinced, read this post.
Oh, one more thing, in order to be really good at teaching colour, you can never give up the thing that got you there in the first place. The reason my colour workshop is the best is because I have actually been in thousands of homes over the years AND because I’m a decorator too.
The in-home and eDesign consultations that I do on a daily basis with clients all over the world is what constantly has me turn around and update my live workshops.
I was listening to a podcast today and I loved this quote:
“Reflection turns experience into insight. If experience was the best teacher, everybody would be getting better because everyone has experiences. I know a whole bunch of people who are getting older but they’re not getting better, evaluated experience is the best teacher.” John Maxwell.
Oh and I’m adding the white tile exercise to the hard finish exercises in the workshop.
It’s kinda brilliant if I do say so myself.
PS. I just snapped this photo in the bathroom of the car dealership I was getting my car serviced in today:
It’s all slightly darker because there’s no natural light in this bathroom
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