In honor of this Valentine's Day, we want to inspire you with shades of red tile that will warm your heart and your home.
You see, Valentine's Day isn't all about roses and chocolates. It's also about celebrating the color red.
Powerful and energetic, red warms you up. At the same time, it's intense and a little can go a long way depending on your preferences.
We love seeing red interpreted in the home whether in intensely red statements or with more subtle touches and suggestions.
Subtle Shades of Red Tile: From Mosaics to Red Grout
The ultimate in red is an all-over tile installation in glass subway tile, hexagons, arabesques or even rectangular-shaped ceramic or porcelain tile.
Imagine a bathroom all in red tile. It feels warm and cozy and then revivifying once you've taken an energizing shower.
You'll often see red in kitchen backsplashes, adding a warm, welcoming touch to the hearth of a home. So as not to overpower, it's combined with dark or white kitchen cabinets and countertops.
In the example below, you see bold stripes of square red tile combined with white tile. We love the red and white sink!
For a bold look, consider a black and white tile herringbone pattern with red glass subway tile!
As a reminder of the intensity of red, here are some jewel-like mosaics we first described to you in Mosaics Add Sparkle into the New Year and Beyond!.
Here's a creative way to integrate red mosaics with the design of what you place on your shelves!
If you prefer a more subdued approach to red mosaics, consider shades of burgundy combined with metallic touches as you see in the image below.
Imagine combining a backsplash made from these with dark cabinets and a light marble-looking countertop.
>> To learn more about mosaics, check out The Ultimate Guide to Mosaics.
Other Touches of Red Tile
As you might imagine, there are other ways to subdue red.
For example, the image below features a beautiful textural patchwork tile where pattern superimposed on the color tones it down.
Here's a big statement about heart where the subtle red touches fully energize this feature wall.
If Mickey and Minnie Mouse are more your style, here's the perfect tile solution! Notice how subtle the red touches are.
Consider Using Red Grout with Your Tile
One idea worth considering is combining white tile (or another solid color) with red grout as you see in the Instagram image below. It's vibrant, playful and sure to infuse a strong design element to a space.
For more about colored grout, be sure to read Add Sparkle and Color to Your Grout With Litokol Starlike Crystal Glitter Grout.
Purple Shades of Red Tile
In case you lean more in the blue direction, you might consider purple shades rather than pure reds.
Look at how the installation below combines a brick mosaic feature wall with a rectangular wall tile. The purple-maroon tile tones retain the red-inspired warmth, yet tone it down just a touch.
Living Coral Shades of Red Tile
Every year, the Pantone Color Institute chooses a color of the year. Did you know that Pantone's 2019 color of the year is Living Coral? And, yes, it features shades of red. Much softer than a pure red, it still adds life and energy even when combined with tile neutrals.
Here's how Pantone describes Living Coral:
"(It's) an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge."
"Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment."
When identifying noteworthy colors, Pantone looks at cultural and societal influences. In this case, Living Coral is a reaction to the 24/7 digital technology and social media onslaught. It represents,
"...authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression."
The reference to 'living' draws attention to the naturalness of the color. Whether you see it as coral under the sea, around you in nature or even online, it speaks to us, embraces us, nurtures us even and generally energizes everything around it.
The next two images were taken at Coverings. Notice how the touch of red-infused tile wakes up the walls.
And look how well it coordinates with the black, grey and white floor tile.
Don't you love seeing the touches of coral combined with dark shades in this herringbone pattern?
Would you consider adding shades of red tile to your home? How and where? We'd love to hear more.
Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Tile Outlets of America!
We wish you and yours a warm, friendly and energizing Valentine's Day.
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Thanks for reading.