Drawn to Dark Floors

Drawn to Dark Floors

By Bedrosians Tile & Stone | 9/18/2018

Come to the Dark Side
Dark tile floors exude a sleek sophistication. Whether it’s the mystery behind the darkness or it’s the dramatic feeling they bring to interiors, dark floors are striking. A dusky base can make your space actually feel brighter when paired with the right decor colors, lighting and materials like counters, backsplash, cabinetry and woodwork.

It's All About That Shape

To increase the drama and add interest to your dark floor, try using tile in different shapes and patterns.  Choose shapes like hexagons or circles or try unique patterns like herringbone.  A contrasting grout will also help set off the design.

Black Hexagons

Costa Allegra 8in ceramic tile in RiverwayDark tile floor with white cabinets
Floor: Costa Allegra 8" ceramic hexagon in Riverway | Backsplash: Costa Allegra 2.5"x9" 3D ceramic Bahia Deco in Cinder | Countertop: Sequel® Quartz 2cm polished slab in Classic White

In this space, we paired bright white cabinets, quartz countertops and wall paint with a black hexagon floor tile.  The dark base makes the other elements stand out.  We used a light grey grout to further define the shape of the hexagon tile. The soft grey of the ceramic tile backsplash helps tie in the black floor.

Grey Herringbone

Woodmark wood-look tile in AnthraciteDark wood-like tile
Floor: Woodmark 6"x36" wood-look porcelain in Anthracite | Counter: Sequel® Quartz in Charcoal Natural finish in 3cm

Dark grey tile in the bathroom sets a dramatic stage for white tiled walls. Bring the darkness up off the floor with a black or grey counter in quartz or granite, black matte faucets, lighting and window trim. For this room, we chose our new Woodmark wood-look porcelain 6"x36" plank tile in Anthracite. The contrasting grout really sets off the herringbone pattern.

Charcoal Penny Rounds

360 porcelain penny-rounds in CharcoalCharcoal Grey Penny-Tiles
Get the look: 360 porcelain penny-rounds in Charcoal | Source: @carterwilliamson_architects

For an intense and dramatic look, tile your shower, floor to ceiling, in black or grey with matching grout. Achieve this enveloping feel with our penny round porcelain tile collection called 360 in the colors Charcoal, Iron or Shale.

Sleek Wood-Look Floors

For more classic looks, try plank size wood-look tile in dark colors. Ranging from warm browns to cool greys, get the look of hardwood floors, but with the easy maintenance of porcelain.

Mixed Sizes & Finishes

Barrique 4x24, 4x40, 8x40 wood-look tile in NoirBlack wood-look floor
Floor and walls Barrique wood-look porcelain in Noir in 4"x24", 4"x40" and 8"x40" plank sizes | Source: tile-stones.com

Tile the floor, tile the wall! This room is covered in our matte Barrique wood-look in Noir, in multiple sizes. The designer paired the long, wide 8"x40" planks with thin 4"x40" planks, and for more interest, added in the 4"x24". The matte tile finish contrasts with the silver metal accents for a sleek, modern look.

Chic Espresso

Allways 8x48 porcelain tile in PierDark brown wood-look floor
Floor: Allways 8"x48" plank wood-look porcelain in Pier

Mod espresso brown tile lets the white in this room pop, creating a fresh, open feel. Achieve this look with Allways wood-look porcelain in the Pier color.

Old World Elegance

Allways 8x48 porcelain tile in PierParquet-look floor
Floor: Antique 24'"x24" diagonal wood-look porcelain in Wenge

Drawing inspiration from antique wood, this parquet-look dark floor makes for an elegant and refined space. Our Antique Collection offers a 24"x24" diagonal pattern creates large diamonds when four pieces are laid together.

Punch It Up With Patterns

Patterned tile is all the rage and the dark options deliver the most drama and impact. Available in porcelain and cement, graphic tile says a lot about your personality and style.

Romantic Fleur-de-Lis

Officine 24x24 metallic porcelain in GothicPatterned porcelain floor
Palazzo 12"x12" porcelain Florentina deco in Vintage Grey

This dark kitchen floor is the picture of cozy. It creates a shabby chic atmosphere where anyone will feel at home.

Dark Geometric Appeal

Chateau 12x12 porcelain tile in Diamond Deco (Smoke, Canvas and Midnight colors)Porcelain patterned floor
Floor: Chateau 12"x12" porcelain tile in Diamond Deco (Smoke, Canvas and Midnight colors)

The overall effect of this dark bathroom floor is mesmerizing as you get lost in the diamonds. The straight lines are clean and symmetrical, creating a contemporary appeal.

Pattern & Color

Remy 8"x8" cement tile floor in the Brigette patternConcrete floor
Floor: Remy 8"x8" cement tile floor in the Brigette pattern

You don't have to just do black, grey or brown to give a dark base to your room. This dark aqua blue tile, which is Remy 8"x8" cement tile in the Brigette pattern, adds another level of intrigue to this bathroom.

Cleaning Your Dark Floor

How to clean your dark floors and keep them looking spic and span:

 

Specific cleaning and maintenance requirements vary depending on the tile’s surface and texture and any present contaminants.  Below are some general cleaning and maintenance guidelines for dark floors.

 

  • To minimize footprints, wear socks on the floor.
     
  • Remember to seal your cement or natural stone tile with a penetrating sealer prior to grouting.
     
  • Sweep or vacuum the tiles daily to avoid hair and dusty bunny build up (that tends to stand out more on dark floors).  
     
  • Clean the tiles regularly with a pH neutral cleaner and rinse with clean water. Use only neutral, non-abrasive and non-acidic cleaners. Avoid use of any harsh cleaning products that contain bleach or acidic chemicals. Acid-based cleaners and harsh chemicals may etch the surface of the tile, especially tiles with polished or honed finishes.
     
  • It is important that the cleaner is a non-oil, non-soap and non-animal fat based product. These products act like a magnet, attracting dirt and dust.
     
  • Always test cleaning solutions on a small inconspicuous area before proceeding to clean the entire surface area.
     
  • For hard to remove residue, a single disc floor machine with a white pad may be used. Be sure to wet the surface first when using a floor machine.
 

For more information about cleaning tile, read our past blog post Cleaning for the Holidays

Featured Products
Shapes
Costa Allegra in Riverway 8x8 porcelain hexagon Woodmark in Anthracite 6x6 porcelain plank 360 in Charcoal porcelain penny-rounds
Wood Looks
Barrique in Noir 8x40 porcelain plank Allways in Pier 8x48 porcelain plank Antique in Wenge 24x24 porcelain deco
Patterns
Palazzo in Florentina 12x12 porcelain in Vintage Grey Chateau in Diamond Deco 12x12 porcelain deco in Canvas, Smoke, Midnight Remy in Brigette 8x8 cement tile
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