Different tiles are suitable for different purposes. For example, some are meant for walls only, others for floors, and some can be used for both. Certain types can be used outdoors, mainly complementing the arrangements in front of the house. So, how do you choose tiles that will fit perfectly with your interiors?
If you want a harmonious look, you can use the same tiles on the walls and floor. To add some drama, you can mix it up the styles by using wall tiles and then floor tiles in a different color
It’s a good idea to leave a sample of the tiles in your space and live with them for at least a week or two. Make sure you move them around the room to see how they look in different lights. This will help you be more aware of what you want to achieve
The color of your tiles will have a huge impact on the look of your room. The same goes for other rooms, so bathroom tiles and those for the kitchen need to be chosen with the utmost care.
All white tiles will look bright, and this is great for enlarging a small room. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to keep clean as any dirt will be visible on them. Dark grey or black tiles will add some mystery to the space you are arranging. They work great in busier homes because they hide dirt, but they can make a small room feel all too dark.
If the space you are working with is to have a more relaxing atmosphere, natural is the best and safest choice. Tiles in cream, beige, and other natural colors will provide a calm look. Warmer shades, such as terracotta, will give a Mediterranean look.
If you want to add sparkle, you need to choose metallic tile. Grey tiles make a great backdrop if you want to add contrast with different color accents.
Colorful tiles, especially on the walls, will set the tone for your room. Lighter colors will serve to open up the space, while richer colors will look more dramatic and extravagant.
One rule to follow is to make sure your wall and floor tiles work well together. Next, you’ll want the rest of the room to complement the tiles you choose.
You should also think about the color of the grout. If you want a uniform effect, large tiles with matching grout are ideal. If you want simple tiles to stand out, choose dark or colored grout. This rule is the same whether you are thinking of tiles for the kitchen or for the bathroom.
Next, you need to think about scale. What size tiles you choose depends largely on the impact you want them to have on your room.
If you want the room to look larger, correspondingly larger tiles will be a better choice. Small, mosaic styles are ideal if you are laying them on a surface that may not be perfectly straight. Rectangular tiles can make a narrow room seem wider – if they are laid in the narrowest part of the room. Square ones work great in a modern home, but if you live in an older, even historic property with uneven walls, you can choose one with an irregular shape. Another option is hexagonal tiles, which, like square ones, are suitable for contemporary interiors.
Think about the proportions of your room. If you are a little worried, the basic rule is to lay larger tiles on the floor and smaller ones on the wall. Or the same size on the wall and floor
Never put small tiles on the floor and then larger tiles on the wall] because it looks disproportionate.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles. Their manufacturing process is actually very similar, but both have different properties.
The difference lies in the materials used and the firing process. Ceramic tiles are made of clay fired to reduce water content. Porcelain tiles contain only fine white clay and are fired at a higher temperature than ceramic. This makes porcelain tiles harder, denser and less porous.
As a result, ceramic is an inexpensive choice for walls in low-humidity areas, such as living spaces or hallways. Porcelain tiles are naturally more durable and water-resistant, making them ideal for moisture-prone areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
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