Choosing tiles for your house is one of the key elements in a home renovation or new built.
But with so many options out there, what tile is right for you? Here are 5 tips on what to consider when choosing tiles.
Porcelain versus ceramic tiles
Not even experts are able to tell one from another. The difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles lays alone in their manufacturing process. Porcelain is fired at a much higher temperature than ceramic tiles, and also for longer. This makes porcelain tiles hardwearing and the go-to tile for your flooring. But if you are thinking wall tile, feel free to select the more economical ceramic tiles.
Choosing tile size
As a rule of thumb, the larger your room the larger the tile size you can select. If you have an open plan kitchen-dining-living area, you can go for a large floor tile, say 600 x 600mm. But in reverse, a tiny bathroom may look best with small, mosaic style tiles. And if you wish to draw attention to your kitchen splashback, why not select a subway tile in a herringbone pattern?
Tiles don’t need to be square or rectangular. Bring a bit of fun into your bathroom by choosing a hexagon shaped tile for your floor or walls. Also on trend are tiles in a triangular shape which is everything but boring.
Colour and finish
There are so many colours to choose from. The best way to narrow them down is deciding whether to go for a lighter or for a darker shade. Lighter colours with a glossy finish will make the most of whatever light you have. Hence, your room appears bigger. On the other hand, dark colours with a matt finish make your space look cosy and add a bit of drama. Very elegant are tiles with shades of many colours. Have a look at the 1 minute video below that features a porcelain tile in a stunning gradient colour.
Last not least think about the grout colour. The smaller the tile size the more grout you would need to use. Selected in a contrasting colour, the grout can highlight the tile shape, such as an hexagon tile. But if you wish to achieve a seamless look without a visible grid, a grout colour similar to the tile colour is the way to go for you.
If you want to have as less grout as possible, why not go for an extra large tile, like the one featured in this short video below?
Still feeling daunted about the choices to make? I’m happy to accompany you to a tile store of your choice to assist you in making the right call.
For any questions in regards to choosing tiles that are right for you, please contact me.