Pattern can be very tricky to incorporate into your décor. It is much safer but boring to stay with solid colors. Hardwoods and carpet are popular because they’re a save choice. But neither fit the bill when it comes to durability for kitchens, bathrooms and service areas. They are also so neutral that they lend very little excitement to a room’s décor.

A great solution to shake up your spaces might be patterned porcelain tiles. During the past couple of years tile manufacturers have expanded tile options to include exciting geometric designs and floral patterns. Porcelain tile is durable, And there it cleans easily, doesn’t stain, scratch or dent and resist water. It’s a great choice for interior as well as exterior applications.

Now that you’re considering the benefits of using tile in the standard spaces think about incorporating pattern tiles into your living room, bedroom or dining room. But, how do you mix patterns into your existing décor? Start by thinking of patterned tile as fabric.  Then work with basic color combinations.  What color is your furniture?  Is the fabric a solid, print, tweed or floral?

If your furniture is a solid color it is easy to pick out a great pattern tile that you like and have fun adding it to the floor or the walls.  Yes I did say walls.  It’s the hottest trend in Europe and catching great traction here, coast to coast.  Choose to do both surfaces? Try to identify two patterned tiles with a common feature.  If you love your main color and don’t want to move too far from it, work with different patterns that are close in color to your main color to create a fun yet uniform look.  Pinks work well with reds and blues that have red undertones.

Think about the scale of the patterns that you want to combine.  Remember that the largest scaled pattern will always establish the main color for the room.  Select one large pattern design and combine it with two smaller patterns.  For example, a large geometric pattern, a smaller geometric pattern and perhaps a stripe or polka dot create a pleasing combination.

Stripes and dots read like solids when mixing patterns.  They help establish a fun, playful mood.  Great for playrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and any space that’s more casual plus they are a safe “go-to” option.

For more formal spaces consider using classic patterns such as squares, chevrons, herringbone and pinstripes.  Two colors are more formal than three or more colors in a pattern.  You can bring a bit of the whimsy into a formal space with the use of star patterns or diamonds.

To make a grand statement with pattern consider using a bold motif with lots of color on the floor and then picking up those colors in accent pillows.  But keep the pillows in solid colors or small-scaled patterns.  Remember the statement is the floor don’t try and compete with it.

Black and white combinations are sophisticated.  They’re an easy mix and match even for beginners.  It’s hard to make a mistake with this chic color combination.

Dark and light create the ultimate wow effect.  Using navy with vivid orange or black with pastels.  The combinations are endless and fun to play with.

Decorators have never had so many wonderful options in patterned tiles.  Regardless of your color scheme, the mood you want to set or your budget you’re bound to find the perfect combination of patterns, colors and textures that will add real panache to your home’s décor.