Whether you are painting in your bathroom, kitchen, or a tiled entryway, there may come a time in your painting job when you will want to find a paint color that either matches or complements your tile selection. If you are working in a room that has both tile and painted areas, you should keep the following tips in mind for the best results.
Select Your Tile First
If you are tiling a small section and painting a larger section, you may be tempted to select your paint color first. However, it is almost always easier to match the color of your paint to the color of your tiles than to try to find a tile that perfectly matches the paint you have chosen. This is because paint can be mixed to match any specific shade that you select. Once you have selected your tile, you should take one of your tiles to your paint store to have an exact color match determined. In many cases, your painting contractor can do this work for you, but you will save money by being able to simply give your contractor the exact name and/or formula of the paint you desire.
Keep In Mind That Old Tile Can Be Painted or Re-surfaced
If you do not want to replace your tile, you are not necessarily bound to keep your current tile color. It is possible to paint or re-finish your tiles to give them a fresh look. However, you should keep in mind that tile paint may have to be touched up more often than paint on drywall, and you will likely need a specialized contractor to complete this task. Additionally, you should realize that the texture and pattern of the tile will be less pronounced because the grout lines and tile will be painted the same color.
Consider Several Colors That Are In Your Tile Design
If your tile has more than one color in it, you should consider matching the various colors in your painted area. For example, you may choose to paint a room the most neutral shade within your tiles or it may look better if you echo a more vibrant pop color in the tiles. Before you make your final decision, you should try painting a large section of your wall with each of your potential color choices. Do not forget that choosing a shade lighter or darker than the shade on the tile can significantly change the overall affect in your room.
Consider Continuing the Tile Pattern Into Your Painted Area
One popular trend at the moment is to echo patterns throughout your room. For this reason, you may want to create a stencil that echoes the major pattern in your tiles and use it on your painted surface. You can also try enlarging the pattern, so it is the same style but less pronounced. You should keep in mind that you do not have to use the pattern on your entire painted surface. Instead, you may want to paint the majority of your walls a solid color but use the pattern on your ceiling or on a single accent wall.
Make Sure Your Tile Finish and Paint Finish Work Well Together
Tiles come in a variety of finishes, as do paints. While you do not have to match the finishes exactly, you should check to make sure that they look appropriate next to each other. For example, a matte tile could look good with a matte or eggshell paint. A high gloss tile mixed with a high gloss paint may be overwhelming, so you may want to try a satin paint finish instead.
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