Elevate Your Tile Game: 3 Key Design Considerations to Keep in Mind

Elevate Your Tile Game: 3 Key Design Considerations to Keep in Mind
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Choosing the perfect decor tiles for your space can be overwhelming. To make the process easy, we’ve put together a guide that breaks down these key design considerations.

When committing to a bathroom or kitchen renovation project, it’s important to take into account the layout, colour and lighting of your space before choosing decor tiles. Thinking about this ahead of time will help you select tiles that not only look visually appealing but also enhance the overall design of your home. Below, we break down how these three factors can impact the look and feel of your space.


The lighting in your space can affect the way your tiles look. Remember, cool tile hues, such as blues and greens bring fresh and tranquil vibes to your space. Warm colours, such as reds and yellows, will add a cosy warmness.

Natural lighting

  • Natural lighting can tone down bold and energetic colours.
  • It can compliment softer neutral palettes. The result is a relaxing ambient, regardless.

Artificial lighting

  • When natural light is limited, consider colours which absorb and reflect any light it receives. Colours that reflect light will create a more welcoming space.


The colour of the tiles should complement the overall colour scheme of your space. Consider the wall colour, furniture, and accents in the room when selecting tile colours.

Neutral colours

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Lanse White

White, beige, and grey remain a preferred colour palette for bathrooms. These neutrals shades reflect natural light and can help create a sense of openness and calmness in a space.

Earthly tones

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Argile Cacao

Browns, greens, and terracotta colours help create a natural, warm ambiance especially in a modern kitchen.

Bright, bold hues

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Costa Praia Black

Red, orange, yellows… think shades that pop out at you when you enter a room. Less is more when it comes to bold hues.


The layout of your space will influence the size and shape of the tiles you choose:

Stagger Bond

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Looking for a modern seamless design to complement your home’s contemporary style? Rectangle or Subway tiles are one of the most popular choices because their classic design. They are simple yet versatile and can be used in a variety of patterns.


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Each tile is offset by half the length of the tile from the one above and below it. This creates a staggered pattern that is visually appealing and can add depth and dimension to a space.

Herringbone Pattern

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Herringbone is another classic layout option because the zigzag pattern adds texture and depth to a small kitchen or bathroom wall, creating a unique focal point in the space.

Basket Weave Variants

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Basket weave woven layout placements have been used in interior design for centuries, and continue to be a popular choice today. The woven pattern of this tile layout can help bring texture and depth to a space.

For more information and advice on tiles, visit decobella.co.za