Colour And Shade Variation

What is Shade Variation In Tiles?

Exactly what it says on the tin! Tiles can – and do – vary in terms of colour and shade from piece to piece. Rewind to the era of handmade tiles and much of the design was down to pot luck; with little control over raw materials and firing temperatures, there was an element of crossing fingers and hoping for the best!

These days, thanks to improved glazes and cutting edge kilns, manufacturers are in complete control of the whole production process. The advent of ‘digital printing’ technology has opened up a whole new chapter when it comes to tile design. After all, if you’re after a wood effect tile that looks completely natural then you’ll want the perfect balance of shading; too little and your floor will look fake, too much and it’ll be screaming for attention.