How to design

HOW TO DESIGN MY TILE LAYOUT

SMILE ! You’re about to begin the most fun part of your new tile project — Creating Your Own Tile Layout Design.

Designing your TDC tile layout might be a simple effort if you are making a basic counter top or matching a backsplash for a kitchen upgrade.  Or, it can be a life-changing venture if you are envisioning the floor design for a room or patio in the home where you and your family will enjoy daily activities for the rest of your lives!

You likely will live with and enjoy the results of your tile plans for years to come.  So – big or small – we suggest you approach the design phase of your cement tile project with a sense of fun, confidence and creativity.

We can offer a few thoughts and a little advice about the process you should go through.  Take your time. Be deliberate. Consult your family members, architect, or interior designer as appropriate.  But most of all, take full advantage of your own dreams and imagination about the space you are about to create.

CONCEPTS AND OBJECTIVES

First, before you begin to choose specific tile designs or colors, you should be clear in your own mind about the “big picture” of what you will create with your tile project.  Maybe you want TDC’s tiles to help you create a feel of warm understated elegance in a room with subtle patterns or solid muted tones?  Maybe you want bold vibrant colors or modern geometric patterns to help bring splash and drama to your project?  Or, do you want to capture a classic European, Middle Eastern or Asian look that has endured for centuries? Or perhaps match the existing arts and crafts architecture of your home?

Simplicity?  Complexity, with multiple designs and borders?  A striking “carpet-like” pattern of tiles, bordered and centered in a room surrounded by simpler or solid patterns?  The combinations are endless.

The patterns and colors are TDC’s to offer.  The inspiration and choices are yours.

MAKING YOUR SELECTIONS

Once you settle on the general “look and feel” that you want to create with your new TDC tiles, it is time to focus on a specific layout, tile pattern(s) to compose that layout, and the color(s) within each tile pattern.

THE LAYOUT

On your own, or with the help of your architect / designer, sketch the overall layout of your tile project. Your layout may be composed of differing tile areas:

Field Tiles – the tile patterns comprising the general area(s) to be covered.  This general area may be the entire floor or wall – or may be a sub-area, for example, the general pattern for a “tile carpet” set within a larger floor area.

Border Tiles – the tiles surrounding and forming a border around the Field Tiles area(s).

Corner Tiles – the tiles designed to be the corner edge of (at a 90 degree turn) of Border Tiles.

You will need to select tile patterns and colors for each of these tile areas.

CHOOSE YOUR TILE PATTERNS

First, browse TDC’s tile pattern catalogs. Identify the pattern(s) that capture your imagination and will best work for you.  Jot down the TDC pattern codes for the Field, Border, and Corner patterns that you choose.

Remember – the colors shown for any tile pattern in our catalogs can be changed to any other color of your choice. At this stage you are selecting only the tile pattern.

Remember – If you are not yet certain about your final selection, remember you can contact us to ask us to send tile samples to you. A small mailing fee is involved.

Remember – If you do not find a tile pattern that will work for your project, it may be possible for TDC to make your custom-designed tile pattern. See FAQ: Can I Create My Own Pattern for My Cement Tile?

CHOOSE YOUR COLORS

Browse TDC’s Color Palette. Once you have selected the tile pattern(s) that you like, then experiment with the various colors from the TDC Color Palette that can be used within each section of the tile pattern.  Here, you should consider the overall color scheme of the room, patio or other area of the tile project.  Are there existing colors that need to be matched or complimented?

Jot down the TDC color codes that you choose for each section of each tile pattern that you have selected.

Remember – You will need to do this for every TDC pattern that you will use, including all Field, Border, and Corner patterns.

Remember – If you are not yet certain about your final selection, remember you can contact us to ask us to send color samples to you. A small mailing fee is involved.

Remember – If you do not find a color that will work for your project, it may be possible for TDC to make your custom-color. See FAQ: Can I Create My Own Pattern for My Cement Tile?

DRAFT YOUR TILE ORDER

After you’ve had fun working with your architect, interior designer, partner, husband, wife, or on your own to select/design the ideal tile patterns and colors for your project, it’s time to reduce your plans to an order.