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Understanding Tile Shade Variation and Tile Color Matching
Tile color and texture requirements vary greatly from project to project and application to application. The tiles you choose for your bathroom project could differ from those you select for a kitchen or family room flooring project.

Knowing how tiles shading can vary within from the same production run is important to selecting the tile and design of your bathroom, kitchen or flooring project. It is important to review several pieces of tile from the production run to decide whether the shade variation is acceptable for your installation.

Minnesota Tile & Stone consultants are highly knowledgeable on all aspects of tile selection and shade variation, and offer helpful advice on the four grades of tile shade variation, including:


V1 = Uniform Appearance: Differences among pieces from the same production run are minimal.


V2 = Slight Variation: Clearly distinguishable differences in texture and/or color pattern with similar colors.


V3 = Moderate Variation: While the colors present on a single piece of tile will be indicative of the colors to be expected on the other tiles, the amount of colors on each piece will vary significantly.


V4 = Random color differences from tile to tile, so that one tile may have totally different colors from that on other tiles. Thus, the final installation will be unique.

For more advice on tile shade variation and what it can mean to your next project, visit your nearest Minnesota Tile & Stone location today. We stock a wide range of Pollux natural stones and quartz materials, and creates custom countertops built to your specifications.