How to choose the right tiles for your home
Choosing the right tiles for your new home can be exhausting. There are certain things you’ll need to consider before putting up new tiles or changing worn-out tiles. In this article, we’ll be showing you how to choose the right tiles for your home.
Below are some key guidelines to make things easier.
Choosing the right tiles for your home
What are some of the things you’ll have to consider before choosing the right tiles for your home?
Consider the style
Consider the design of your home. Collect photographs and images of tile floorings and designs you like from magazines and the internet. Create a lookbook using the images collected as inspirations. In creating a new look for your home, keep in mind the current aesthetics of your home and ensure the new flooring complements the design style of your home.
Consider the room size
Large tiles make spaces feel bigger, open, and more spacious. Using the same tile on both the floor and wall creates a feeling of unity and continuity in a space. In high-traffic areas, tiles are more functional, durable, and effective. Being made of hard materials allows for low maintenance and is more suitable for high-traffic areas.
Colour of the room
Consider the overall mood you want to create in the room you’re tiling. Do you want it to be serene and relaxing, or moody and atmospheric? Tiles aren’t usually the focal point of space unless when used in prominent areas like splashbacks, but they can be selected to complement other design elements. Whilst choosing tiles for the bathroom, choose colours that complement each other. Choose colours that contrast in a kitchen if you want a more lively alternative.
Some tips include:
- All white tiles can look bright and light – great for making a small room look bigger. But they can be hard to keep clean.
- Dark grey or black coloured tiles will add drama to your space. They are great for busy homes as they hide the dirt but can make a small room feel dark.
- If you want to add a touch of glitz, go for a shiny tile.
- If you want to enhance contrast with flashes of colour, grey tiles are a terrific choice.
- The tone of your room will be set by colored tiles, especially on the walls. Brighter colours will help to open up a room, while darker colours will make it appear more dramatic.
Texture & Pattern of the room
It’s entirely up to you whether you want a matt or glossy look. A glazed tile is simple to clean, however, a natural terracotta tile does not have a glaze and would require sealing to prevent discoloration.
Decide between plain or patterned tiles
We’re now getting down to the nitty-gritty of tile selection! Choosing between a pattern and a solid colour.
If you’re feeling brave, use a funk patterned tile in your design. They’re ideal for bringing personality to a design feature like a splashback or border, or for defining a ‘zone’ in an open room.
In secluded settings, patterned tiles generally have the most impact. The pattern creates an illusion of more space on the floor than there is. It can be used in small spaces for emphasis, contrast, and personal expression too.
Tiles are useful for more than just providing a protective covering for your property. They help in creating the right ambiance in space through the variety of colours, sizes, patterns, and textures. Having a clear vision of the look and feel you desire in your living spaces is the first step to making the right selection and with so many options, you are sure to find the right tiles to fit your budget whilst meeting the functional needs of your space.
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