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Hand Painted Field Tile

Field tile is a tile found in the main "field" or area of the installation covering the wall, floor or counter. With ceramic tile, it generally refers to a solid color tile or tile that does not have a repeating pattern in the glaze. Field tile can be paired with decorative tile or other field tile to create a design. "Field tile" and "solid color tiles" are terms that are used interchangeably. Our Yucatan field tile provides the most flexibility of any line and a great choice for any of our decorative tiles because it comes in different formats with trim and molding.

Eartha Field
Eartha Field
Arles Field Tile
Malibu Field Tile
Malibu Field

Pillow Chiclet
Pillow Chiclet
Porcelain pool tile
Pool (Porcelain)

Cracked Ice
Cracked Ice
Gossamer Crackle
Gossamer Crackle

Tile Application Guide for Avente Field Tile

Make sure to choose a tile that can be used for the right application and environment. Our tiles don't have PEI Class Rating like manufactured tiles, so use this table.

Tile Line Freeze / Thaw Cycle Wall Installations Floor Installations Outdoor (non-freezing) Wet Location
Celtic No Yes No Yes No
Cracked Ice No Yes No Yes Yes
Eatha Field No Yes No* Yes Yes
Fantasia No Yes No Yes Yes
Gossamer Crackle No Yes No Yes Yes
Pillow Chiclet No Yes No Yes Yes
Yucatan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pool (porcelain) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

* Acceptable as an insert, sparingly used.

How Field Tile are Made

pacifica field tile
Pacifica Field Tile is a Rustic & Bright Tile

Our Hand Painted Field Tile is painted on ceramic tile bisque. They can be painted with color in one of two ways: By brushing on a color or by applying several different glazes to create a fully colored tile. Because of these techniques, hand painted field tiles do not have a solid color value like many manufactured tiles. The brushed technique creates a Brushed Field Tile or glaze with visible striping. When a variety of different colored glazes are used to create a solid color, each finished hand painted field tile will be unique, but the colors on the tiles will all blend together creating a cohesive look.

Choosing the Right Tile

The hand painted field tile you choose for your project will set the tone for the overall look, so it is important to choose carefully. For a bold, dramatic look, choose a brightly colored field tile to complement the decorative tiles you have chosen. If you want the deco tiles to take the limelight, go with a neutral or more muted field tile and let the patterned tiles truly shine.

yucatan field tile

The way you install the field tiles can also make a big impact on the finished look of your space. Traditionally, tiles are placed in a grid pattern in straight rows and columns. For something different, consider placing the field tiles on point, making a diamond-like pattern. Also, staggering the rows of tiles can add a unique touch.

You can also offset hand painted field tile with grout. If you want the colors in your tile to stand out, use a white or light colored grout. A light grout will also hide any minor imperfections made during installation of a light colored tile. To draw attention to the pattern of your layout, use a grout that contrasts with the lightness, or darkness of your tile. Always test your grout in a small area to ensure it is the look you desire.

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