clé’s delicious darks: what’s your personality?

by clé tile | published: May 06, 2022

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dark hues are incredibly expressive, coming with a raft of cultural associations, from establishment to punk, from celebrations to somber occasions. personality-wise it can be sophisticated, seductive, edgy, classic, moody, dramatic, zen, both extraverted and introverted.

it’s even more so when it comes to a dark tile. at clé, there’s a dark tile for every type of project from inky blues to rich greys to classic matte black. but don’t just think of dark as a color: dark tile offers opportunities for expression beyond the color itself: depending on your tile choice and space, “dark” will have a different character depending on material, surface and light—in a way that paint and paper just can’t.

our moody hues lookbook lays out the full range of our dark tile, but here are just a few of our favorites, showcasing the many faces of black (and blue, and grey)—broken out by their dark-loving fashion alter egos.

scribes’ ink 4×4 zellige. design: nicole hollis / photo: joliet nhid

alexander mcqueen
glossy, glistening, darkly glamorous scribes’ ink zellige. zellige’s handcrafted edges reflect and play with light to bring brightness to darkness. tom ford might like our black gloss guild fundamentals.

clé x zio & sons charred cedar octagon + bouchon. design / photo: jessica turf design

clé x fornace brioni cotto grigio rectangle. design: nicole hollis / photo: douglas friedman

for a taste of vintage glamour, consider charred cedar octagon bouchon bundle from our zio & sons collection.

the row
it has to be our matte black guild fundamentals.

the japanese
are comme des garcons, yohji yamamoto, and junya watanabe your style muses? we’d suggest our versatile but sophisticated charcoal cement. but dialing up the sophistication, we see mantegna from fornace brioni + cristina celestino or the hand-painted watermark.

slate 4x12 plank. design: joelle laine design / photo: brooke pavel

the belgians
for aficionados of the likes of ann demeulemeester, raf simons, and martin margiela, it has to be our cotto grigio, foundry flats darks (cast iron, carbon), or slate.

rick owens
our charred cedar zellige and battled armor for that perfect mix of edge and restraint.

no question, it has to be clé classics’ penny rounds in matte or gloss black, and modern farmhouse basics black gloss.

find your own moody hue today. download our collection of moody dark tiles today, then shop our inspirations.

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