How to Mix and Match Tile Colors and Styles

The right combination of tile colors and styles can be striking—but the wrong pairing can be a visual disaster. Here are simple tips to avoid clashing when mixing colors and styles during tile installation.

Offset Pattern With Plain

Brightly colored tile, mosaic tile, or interior stone tile can create a unique focal point of a room. But these highly patterned options should be offset with some plain styles elsewhere. This means that when opting for unique or busy tile, the rest of the area should have a monochromatic color scheme and other simple features to balance it out. In addition to not overcrowding the room and causing visual clashes, it also allows unique tiling to have the stage.

Create Interest With Scale

Monochromatic color schemes work because they offer different variations of the same color without danger of clashing. A similar effect can be achieved by using the same pattern of tile with different sizes. For example, one can use small hexagonal mosaics on the walls of a bathroom, medium hexagonal mosaics on the floor, and larger hexagonal mosaics in the bath. This way, the tiles will have variety without clashing.

Mix and Match Finishes

Using similar-looking tiles with different finishes can also add dimension to the room without being overwhelming. For example, homeowners could use tiles with similar colors, but with half of them matte and the other half shiny.

Stick With One Shape

Whether circular, hexagonal, or square, the simplest way to create harmony with tiles is to stick with one shape. This will unify tiles, even when they are different sizes or colors, creating visual connections throughout the room.

Mixing and matching during tile installation may seem overwhelming, but the right tile provider or remodeling company can point you in the right direction. If you have any questions about tiling design or installation, call Savannah Surfaces at 843-784-6060 today.

Tips for Choosing the Right Tile for a Small Bathroom

From top to bottom, it’s important to consider every detail of a bathroom remodeling project carefully before beginning. The size, design, and color of tiles can impact how large the room seems. Here’s how to choose the right tile for a small bathroom.

Measure Carefully

Before even deciding what style of bathroom tile to use, homeowners should measure their bathroom carefully—then measure again. This is particularly important for small bathrooms, as they may have awkward layouts, with the sink, toilet, and bathtub taking up floor space.

Expand the Space With Mosaic Tiles

Reminiscent of a professional spa, mosaic tiles can make a small bathroom appear larger due to their small size and multicolored surfaces. Glass mosaic tiles can be an even better choice since they reflect light, making the room appear wider, deeper, and larger.

… But Don’t Overcomplicate

With that said, opting for mosaic, stone, or colorful tile can make the bathroom appear too busy. While a splash of color can be great for an otherwise-monochromatic space, it may overcomplicate a highly decorated bathroom. If other features of the bathroom are already colorful or patterned, simple tiles may be a better option.

Set the Tiles Diagonally

Whatever the tile size or pattern, placing them at a diagonal angle can create an optical illusion: the diagonal layout can visually extend the room’s length and width at the same time. Because a diagonal installation may be more complicated, it’s best to have this performed by a professional remodeling service.

Just because a bathroom is small doesn’t mean it can’t be one of the best rooms in a home. If you’re interested in re-tiling your bathroom, call Savannah Surfaces at 843-784-6060 today.

Savannah Surfaces – AIA CEU Event


Savannah Surfaces will host our annual AIA CEU Event on Thursday, November 3rd.  This year we will be offering 3 one-hour presentations eligible for 1- AIA CEU Learning Unit each. 

This is a free event for attendees, but classroom space is limited so please RSVP to or call Lisa or Adia at 843-784-6060.   


Tentative Schedule of Events:

Continental Breakfast at 8 am

First Class:  Cambria Natural Surfaces – Quartz Surfacing: Attributes & Benefits  9 am

Second Class:  LATICRETE International, Inc – Stone and Tile Installation Materials and Methods 10 am

Third Class:  Dry-Treat – Stone Care: What You Should Know 11 am


Classes begin promptly at 9am.

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The History of Tile

Decorative tile has been around for generations. Many generations.

Decorative tiles found in Egypt date back to 4000 B.C. Throughout the history of design, tile work has been created in virtually every country in the world and applied to every possible surface. In recent history, floor tile has found itself typically installed in such utilitarian spaces as bathrooms, mudrooms, …Read More

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Davenport House Museum Commissions Innovative Solution First Green Lane Project in Historic District

Savannah Surfaces and Savannah Hardscapes Construction are proud to announce an innovative new project focused on the transformation of Broughton Lane in the Historic District.  The project was commissioned by the Davenport House Museum.  The client was looking for a way to connect the Isaiah Davenport House Museum located on the corner of Habersham and State streets  with the newly restored Kennedy Pharmacy located on the corner of Broughton and Habersham streets which now acts as the museum’s gift shop.  The project is the first of its type.  The participants hope it will create a model for future projects with other downtown lanes.  Work began on September 25 and is slated for completion October 15th.

The challenge was to create connectivity between the two buildings that are on different streets and face opposite directions.  Uniting them through the lane was the most sensible solution but required a creative approach to make it attractive as well as practical.  Once completed, visitors finishing their tour of the Davenport House will exit through the garden to the Kennedy Pharmacy to collect belongings and visit the museum shop.

Establishing a connection between the buildings will be achieved through several landscape and hardscape modifications that visually unite the two spaces.  Installation of a brick path exiting the Davenport House garden will connect visitors through the lane.  Screening of HVAC units and relocation of trash receptacles will formalize the space between the two buildings and create a more inviting connection.

Green lanes showcase innovative, environmental technologies to help manage storm water, reduce heat in urban areas, promote recycling and conserve energy.  Green lanes can also be used by residents and adjacent property owners as outdoor space for urban gardens.

“This, the first lane renovation of its’ type will hopefully act as an example of what can be done to beautify these common areas of our city and create more green community space throughout downtown,” says Jonathan Rhangos, Owner, Savannah Surfaces & Savannah Hardscapes Construction.

Other companies involved in the project: Sottile & Sottile, the Davenport House Endowment Directors, Bartlett Tree Experts, Historic Savannah Foundation, Thomas & Hutton and John F. McEllen Landscape Consultant.

About Savannah Surfaces & Savannah Hardscapes Construction

Co-Founded in 1996 by Jonathan and William Rhangos, Savannah Hardscapes Construction, originally an outdoor hardscaping and architectural elements company, has evolved over the years to meet the growing needs of the Low Country’s commercial and residential markets.   The original company, long regarded for quality materials, outstanding customer service and superior craftsmanship, now has a complimentary company offering a wide array of surfacing material options to make the design and execution of any home or commercial project cost effective and efficient.  The installation staff of the original company continues to operate under the name Savannah Hardscapes Construction while the expert team on the surfacing side of the business is under the Savannah Surfaces name.  While there are two companies, both operate inside of the same facility and are fully integrated to insure a seamless customer experience.

Savannah Surfaces is the premier provider of high quality surfacing materials of all types.  Sourcing materials from the 4 corners of the world, especially Europe, Asia and North and South America, the company excels at identifying unique products and importing them at competitive prices.  The knowledgeable staff works with retail consumer and design professionals alike to identify the most appropriate products to make each project outcome unique.  Learn more at and .