It can be easy to pigeonhole black and white tile into a single category, but when used correctly, black and white tile can be used to create an incredible variety of designs and styles. Here are 5 ideas for how you can utilize black and white tile to make your next project stand out!
Storka Lusso in color Nero & Bianco Unpolished
1. Complement Other Colors
The beauty of black and white tile is in its flexibility. While other tiles may be limited in their usability by their color, black and white tiles look great with almost all colors, and using black and white tiling can really make all of the other colors in the room ‘pop!’ Another benefit of this flexibility: if you decide to change the paint colors in a room, you won’t have to get new tile to match!
Here, a small black and white windmill design is shown working beautifully with the eggshell blues in the bathroom:
Chloe 1 x 2 Gloss Black Pinwheel Mosaic
This black and white tile complements the eggshell blues beautifully!
For more contrast, check out how this stunning shower was created by contrasting Ice White Profiles 3″ x 6″with the deep purple on the walls:
White Subway Tile Shower with Deep Purple Walls
2. Make A Statement Using Black Or White Alone
Black and white tiles look great together, but many people don’t know how great they can look separately. Here, a customer used Urban Hues Charcoal Subway tile to create a sleek black backsplash in their kitchen:
Urban Hues Charcoal 3" x 6"
White also looks great on its own! Check out this awesome Art Deco style bathroom with white subway tiles on the walls and a white ogee/shelf rail around the border of the mirror:
Art Deco Styled Bathroom Created With White Subway Tile
3. Create A Design Style
Because black and white tiling is so flexible, it is easy to use it in any design style that you choose. Use it to form sleek, minimal lines in a modern style room, or create ornate designs in a more classic space. Here black and white tile mosaic is used with with white subway tile to create a vintage 20’s style shower floor:
Black and White Tile Used To Create A Vintage Mosaic
For a completely different look, black and white tiles are used here to create a retro, 50’s style space:
Retro Black & White Tile
If retro isn’t your style, check out how beautifully black and white tile is used in this contemporary commercial bathroom:
Black & White Commercial Bathroom
Go BIG! (or small)
Black and white tiles come in many shapes and sizes, but the good thing is that they work in both large format and small sizes. Whether you want to cover a large space with 24” x 24” tiles, or create elegant details with a black and white mosaic, these tiles can create the look you are going for.
Large Format 24 x 24 Storka Lusso Tiles
Here, black and white 24” x 24” Matte Storka Lusso tiles are combined into 48” x 48” checkers to cover this awesome garage floor space. These large tiles really help bring this expansive garage together while achieving a classic, auto racing inspired theme.
Octagon & Dot Black & White Mosaic
In contrast, this is an example of a small black and white mosaic being used to create a simple, country bathroom. This pattern and size creates a very different feel from the larger formats, but it’s equally as effective. The black and white on the floor works perfectly with the white subway tiles on the wall to create a charming country-style bathroom.
Customize The Design
You don’t have to stick to the status quo when working with black and white tile. The simplicity of the color gives you a lot of room to express yourself by creating your own designs
Custom Mosaic Created With 5th Avenue Black & White Subway Tile
This homeowner created a look totally their own by cutting 5th Avenue subway tile to create a completely unique contemporary backsplash. Pairing a matte black with the gloss white gave the backsplash an additional dimension of customization!
Our Custom Mosaic
We love black and white tile so much that we even used it in our own showroom! We used 1” x 1” mosaic to create our personalized design. The best part about using a mosaic is that customization is easy! Just cut out the pieces that you want to replace with an alternate color.
Black & White South Cypress Custom Mosaic
If you want to make your own custom mosaic, we recommend using graph paper or a spreadsheet to lay out your design before starting.
Black and white tile is an extremely versatile choice that can work well in just about any style or space.