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common questions about architect’s palette

How much variation should I expect?

With Architect’s Palette you will see a slight textural variation but no color variation in the glaze.

They fall under the definition of V1 T2 in our Tile Variation Guide which states:

Color Variation-

V1: no variation. a small percentage of the types of tiles that we carry will exhibit no

variation within the same production lots. an example of this is our white gloss subway

tile, which is machine-made and results in a consistent look from tile to tile.

Texture Variation-

T2: light texture: production will result in slight physical variation in the surfaces of the

tiles. overall there will be uniformity upon installation.

Can I order a customized size or color?

We do not currently offer customization for Architect’s Palette but inquiries are accepted.

What colors do you stock?

We currently stock architects palette in Blotter, Blueprint, Trace, and Overlay

What shapes do you offer?

We offer a nominal 2”x12” rectangle

What is the thickness of Architect’s Palette tile?

The thickness of architects palette is a nominal 5/8”

How much is a sample?

Architects Palette samples are $5.

How long does it take to get my tiles?

In stock Architects Palette tiles ship within 5 business days.

Where do you recommend installing Architect’s Palette?

Architect’s Palette is downright perfect for a kitchen backsplash, shower walls, fireplace exteriors,

feature wall, powder room and entry hall. Limit floor usage to light residential and outdoor use to

locations not affected by freeze thaw. Over time the tile will develop a more pronounced crackled patina.


What color grout should I use?

We recommend Mapei Flexcolor CQ in the shade Timberwolf, however, you may use lighter or

darker Mapei Flexcolor CQ shades based on your projects needs.

What size grout joint should I use?

At clé, we like to always recommend the smallest grout joint possible for a tile installation. With

that in mind, we like to suggest 1/4" grout joint for our Architect's Palette collection. But, there are

those who might prefer a larger joint size for a more pronounced texture on certain pattern

designs, such as herringbone.

Do I need to seal Architect’s Palette tiles?

Yes, please refer to the question below for further information. 

Do you have additional installation information?


Installation methods should conform to the Tile Council of America “Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation” (current edition).  Tiles from several different cartons should be mixed to achieve the best overall blend. Follow the manufacturer’s specifications.


Architect’s Palette Installation recommendations-

  • Architect’s Palette tiles should be dry cut to avoid enhancing the crazed finish of the glaze.
  • Tiles should be sealed before and after grouting with a penetrating sealer like Miracle 511 Porous Plus.
  • A light colored non-staining grout is recommended such as Mapei Flexcolor CQ in the shade Timberwolf.
  • Do not use dark grouts as they may stain the matte glaze.
  • Any grout haze left by Mapei Flexcolor CQ can be removed with Mapei Ultracare Heavy-Duty Stone, Tile & Grout Cleaner.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.