Inspired by the colors found in the outdoors, earth tones are soothing shades that bring the calm and peacefulness of nature to your home.
Ceramic tile presents a great opportunity to incorporate earth tones into your interior decor. Before you jump to conclusions, we’re not just talking about a range of browns and beiges, but a host of unique design possibilities all rooted in earthy colors (pun intended). Here are some earth tone tile ideas to plant the seeds of creativity and get you started.
Wood-look tile provides a double decor wow-factor combining the look of wood with earth tones (of course, ceramic tile’s advanced manufacturing techniques allow for wood-look tile in just about any color). Everything from warm browns to sleek grays are possible with wood-look ceramic tile and can be installed in simple or complex patterns.
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Like wood-look tile, stone-look tile is a great tile design to pair with earth tones. Options range from beige stone- or multicolor slate-look tile (like in the photos above) to marble and granite looks, and even giant gemstone designs. The important thing is to choose an earth tone that best complements your space.
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Patterned Earth Tone Tile
Combine your earth tone tile color with a creative tile pattern for a unique look. Options include geometric patterns, floral motifs, Art Deco-inspired designs, and everything in between. We particularly love the pattern play of the earth tones in the backsplash tile and bathroom flooring above.
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Metallic Earth Tone Tile
Earth tones and…metal looks? It might not be the first combination to come to mind, but it obviously works — just take a look at the beautiful bathroom wall above. The bathroom backsplash combines dark brown, copper, and black to create a moody vibe. And the texture of the tile takes the look to another level altogether.
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Greige Earth Tone Tile
Greige (beige-y gray or gray-y beige) is a trending neutral in interior decor, and a great earth tone choice. Use greige to tie together both beige/brown and gray/black tones, like in the first image above, or opt for variegated greige tile for a rustic look (second image).
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Red Earth Tone Tile
Red tiles recall the natural red clays found in the earth, some of which are actually used to make ceramic tile. Whether you go with rustic handmade tiles or majestic stone looks, red tile will add a rich look and comforting atmosphere to your space.
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Three-Dimensional Earth Tone Tile
Pair earth tones with a unique three-dimensional surface to add visual texture to your tile. The possibilities are as diverse as the textures found in nature, so explore different dimension and color possibilities until you find the perfect combination.
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Revel in the Beauty of Nature — at Home
We hope you’ve found the right earth tone and tile design for your home. For more inspiration, explore our fall-inspired tile styles, consider the psychology behind your tile color, and get outside! What better place to find nature-inspired tile colors than nature itself?
Where to Buy Tile
Use the search tool at the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) to find a ceramic tile showroom in your area for a more individual, one-on-one shopping, design and education experience, or visit a home improvement or flooring retailer.