Choosing the Best Tile Pattern for an Entryway

Entryways, as part of new home designs, are making a grand comeback. For visitors, the entryway serves as the introduction to the rest of the owner's home. Therefore, choosing the best tile pattern for an entryway ranks second only to the basic structural design of the entryway itself.

Fit Size With Size

Because ceramic tile makes a powerful design statement, it only makes sense when considering the best tile pattern for an entryway to choose one that heightens the drama even further. Of course, a lot depends on the size of the entryway as to how much and what one can do.

If the entryway is large enough to accommodate it, a large pattern that highlights a central, stylized figure or decoration would work well. Use large tiles - the bigger the area, the larger the tile - as a rule of thumb for spacious entryways. Conversely, small entryways call for smaller tiles and smaller tile patterns or even no particular pattern at all. The less busy an area, the roomier it appears.

Deciding on the best tile pattern for an entryway also depends upon wall coverings, as well. If patterned wall paper or highly textured wall treatments (such as Venetian plaster) have been used, stick to a subtle, low-attention-grabbing pattern for the tile. The idea is for the floor to be attractive but to not steal the show from the rest of the entryway decor scheme.

You want people to appreciate the art and other decor pieces you've placed in the room before they notice your floor - or to not particularly notice the floor at all. Unless a very large area itself, the entryway floor should remain a supporting player, not the star of the show.

Shine the Spotlight Somewhere Else

Other things to keep in mind when selecting the best tile pattern for an entryway is color and design. Unless you have enough money to totally redo the entryway flooring every few years, stick to the classics. Neutral colors and interesting, yet subtle, patterns work best.

Even if using a large, centrally placed focal point in the middle of a very large entryway, keep the colors complementary and downplayed with regard to the rest of the room - the ceilings, the molding, and the walls. This makes sense when you consider that replacing or redoing those items costs way less and takes much less time and labor than putting in a new ceramic tile floor.

With tiles ranging in size from tiny, one-inch mosaics to the large, dramatically sized 18" x 18"squares; and with every shape from rectangles to octagons and more available nowadays, options abound for the best tile pattern for an entryway. Just always remember that in decorating, quite often "less is more", and you truly can have too much of a good thing if it detracts from the rest of the room in question. So keep things simple, use good taste, restraint, and your own best judgment when deciding upon entryway tiles and patterns. With that in mind, it's downright hard to go wrong!

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Picking the Right Size Tile