Kirsty Swain from Hyphen Interiors wrote a post today showing a great example of how she saved her friend from making the mistake of combining a pink beige backsplash with a yellow beige granite countertop in her new kitchen.
I have written about this before here but I think this topic is so big that it needs a dedicated post.
1. Can you combine a patterned countertop with a patterned tile backsplash and/or floor or vs. versa?
Image courtesy of a client who inherited this beauty.
I have been in countless homes and seen photos of thousands and I can count on one hand how many times a patterned hard surface looks good with a coordinating patterned hard surface.
It’s virtually impossible.
2. If you have existing tile in your entry (for example) and you decide that the adjoining laundry or powder room needs tile too, should you find a coordinating pattern?
No. Don’t even bother to waste your time looking. You will simply end up with a floor that looks like you tried to match it and failed.
Use the same tile in the adjoining space if you are renovating or if you can’t find the exact tile because time has passed, use a different flooring material if possible.
If you must use tile and it connects directly to another tile look for something considerably darker or lighter so that it’s obvious that you are not trying to match the existing tile. And if you have done your best, shopped the city, and you’re still not happy with the final result, know that the reason you’re not happy is because you are trying to do the impossible.
When I did some google searches to see if anyone else was offering this same advice, I was amazed to read article after article by writers droning on about how tile options were endless and wasn’t that fabulous?
Here’s the news flash. The options for tile or stone that are both beautiful and timeless are very slim indeed.
So if you have a patterned countertop (above), go with a solid colour backsplash and a solid tile floor (below).
If you have more than two colours in your tiled floor, choose a solid quartz countertop. And make sure the colours relate. I have been in many homes where the floor tile in no way relates to the countertop.
The first time I had a client who needed tile for their laundry room to connect to their already tiled entrance, I scoured the city and found something very close.
And it did not match. The undertones were different in addition to the fact that the existing tile was 13″ x 13″ and the closest one that I could find to ‘match’ was 12″ x 12″.
So don’t make the same mistake that I did many years ago, and you will have a beautiful space that makes you happy when you walk in the door!