Mix and match

av Shirin Elsworth Magnusson

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To combine tiles with natural stone is a fantastic way to blend modern elegance with the natural beauty in your home. By pairing these materials, a harmonious balance is created between structure, color, and texture, transforming your space into something special. When choosing to match tiles with natural stone, there are three preferred approaches. Firstly, you can start with complementary colors, which are colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Secondly, you can choose options that are tonally similar to the stone. The third, and perhaps most challenging approach, is to combine opposites, meaning colors that may not necessarily harmonize but still work well together.

An example of complementary colors is pairing Elingstrand with Havre, where the red undertone in Elingstrand enhances the intensely green color in Skog. Another example is our light gray Borghamn, which pairs well with Apricot or Kola. Choosing tiles tonally similar to the stone allows the materials' formats and structures to stand out more than their colors. For example, the combination of Öland red polished tile and Wine red stone creates a beautiful contrast between glossy tile and matte polished stone.

Combining opposites can be challenging but often yields interesting results. For instance, Peach and Jämtland black can create a fascinating combination, as well as Night Sky and Ekeberg diamond-cut, or Plum and Alevik.

When working with natural stone, it can be difficult to determine its exact color due to its variations. Starting with the stone's undertone and then identifying its base color on the color chart can help. Balancing the distribution between natural stone and tiles in a way that suits both the room's logic and creates interest and dynamism is essential. It is also important to consider how the natural stone can be used as an accent in the tile pattern, such as using it in niches or on bathtub edges.

Photography: Pablo Veiga

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