Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hand Painted Field Tile Tips

Hand painted field tile create a very unique look, especially when paired with decorative tiles that are glazed with the same colors. These solid color tiles are often called brushed tiles. The variation in color value occurs because the amount of glaze on the tile surface varies with each stroke of the brush in the artist’s hand. Here's a few tips on how to use hand painted or brushed field tile.

For a classic look, use one color of brushed field tile. The color should also be in the decorative tile. Here, Brushed Green 6" x 6" tiles are flanked by Spanish Alcala 3" x 6" tiles to create a striking accent strip of this bath.

Making Hand Painted Field Tile Bathroom
Bathroom that uses Hand Painted or Brushed Field Tile

Use a single or double row of deco tiles to create an accent strip with brushed field tile. If possible, coordinate field tile and decorative tiles that are made at the same factory to avoid too many colors or variation in hue. The Spanish Brushed Blue and Caceres tiles in a 6"x6" format are a great choice for a bathroom wainscot.

Hand Painted Caceres Tile with Brush Blue Field Tile
Hand Painted Caceres Tile with Brush Blue Field Tile

Spanish Brushed Navy field tiles with a double row of Burgos 6"x6" tiles create a bold statement. Use darker tiles in larger rooms or rooms with more natural light.

Hand Painted Burgos Tile with Brushed Navy Field Tile
Hand Painted Burgos Tile with Brushed Navy Field Tile

Consider the visual impact that tile orientation and color will have. Choose tiles in a light color scheme for a small room so the space feels larger. The orientation of the field tiles has a visual impact on the room as well. You can install the tiles so the brush stroke or 'grain' is all in the same direction (horizontal or vertical) or random (both horizontal and vertical). In general, use a vertical orientation for rooms with a low ceiling or long rooms; horizontally for short or narrow room. For instance, on wall installations in a long room or hall, you'll want to avoid installing the tiles with all the brush strokes in a horizontal orientation.

For a more contemporary look, mix different colors of hand painted field tile. The mix of bright field tiles in this kitchen backsplash make a colorful statement. Randomly adding hand-painted decorative tiles creates visual interest and softens the overall look.

Hand Painted Field Tile Create a Bold Kitchen Backsplash
Hand Painted or Brushed Field Tile Create a Bold Kitchen Backsplash

Spanish Teruel tiles add a decorative element to the Brushed Navy, Yellow, and Green Spanish Field tile in this kitchen backsplash.

Avente Tile has two lines of brushed field tile. The Barcelona Field tile is available in a 6"x6" size and the following colors: Blue, Green, and Yellow. The Spanish Field tile is available in a 6"x6" and 4"x4" sizes in Brushed Blue, Brushed Green, Brushed Natural, and Brushed Navy. We do stock some of the Barcelona Field tile and have limited inventory on the Spanish Field tile as we transition to a new supplier. Feel free to check inventory and availability for your project.

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