A Color Guide for Mosaic Tiles

You want to create something with mosaic tiles, but how do you decide what color tiles you should use? That will depend on the existing décor color, as well as the color harmony, of the area surrounding your mosaic tile creation. First, decide if you want your creation to blend in with your décor or add its own flair.

Color Basics

To begin, find a color wheel to look at while you read the explanations below. It will be most helpful to visualize what you are reading.

Color Language

  • A hue is the name of the color.
  • Chroma is the relative intensity of a hue. Controlling chroma is when you blend two colors that are opposite each other from the color wheel. For example, if you add blue to orange, the chroma of the orange becomes less intense.
  • Value is the description of lightness or darkness of the hue. Some colors are naturally a higher value, like orange. If you want to create a higher value for a primary blue, you would add white.
  • Complimentary Colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. Orange and blue are complimentary colors.
  • Analogous colors are any three colors which are next to each other on a twelve color wheel. Yellow-orange, orange and orange-red are analogous colors.

Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Colors

There are three primary colors: blue, yellow and red. Secondary colors are created by mixing the primary colors. Then we get the tertiary colors when those colors are blended with their neighbors. You now have a 12 colored color wheel.

Mosaic Tile Kits

Mosaic tile kits come in single colors or color blends already created around a theme. Your imagination is the only limit to what you can create with mosaic tiles.

Blending with Current Decor

If you want your project to blend in with your existing décor, gather samples of colors from the room you are working with, and take them with you while shopping for tiles.

A Complimentary Look

If you want your mosaic tile to be original, but not stand out like a sore thumb, look at the existing colors in your space on a color wheel. Then find their complimentary colors. Complimentary colors will enhance, but not clash. Choose complimentary colors to add to the existing colors in your room and you will have a complimentary mosaic tile creation to add to your décor.

Bold Option with Contrast

If your décor is bold, you may want to make sure your mosaic doesn’t get lost. One bold option is to use black and white only. Another is to use black and white as your main color, but add bits of color from around the room here and there, or in a pattern that compliments your decor.

Choosing colors for your mosaic can be a fun adventure. If color intimidates you, stick to complimentary colors or analogous colors on the color wheel. Following color wheel guidelines will keep you on track.