Choosing tiles is a lot of fun but it is important to choose the right ones for your aesthetic and practical needs. These 7 tips will help you get a head start on choosing the right tiles.
Choosing tiles is a pretty fun task when it comes to renovating and redecorating a home. You know that as soon as those floor tiles or wall tiles are installed the the job is finished, you get a clean, attractive, easy to maintain surface that feels and looks fantastic. The only issue you might have is choosing the right tiles. There are so many different styles, materials, shapes and patterns available, it can be hard getting the right tile for your home. Here are 10 top tips to help you choose the right tiles:
- Take your time
There is no need to rush choosing your tiles, unless you have a renovation deadline. Remember, ceramic or porcelain tiles are an investment so choosing the right ones really matters, in terms of maintenance, comfort, convenience, hygiene, practicalities and even with adding value to your home.
- Choose the right colour for the entire space
Often people match tiles to other tiles in the space, rather than to the entire room. Tiles should always be matched to the entire room because their look influences the feel of the whole room. Floor tiles may need to be lighter to introduce more light to a dark room for example. Or perhaps there is a lot of wood or raw brick in the room, in which case a natural looking floor tile will work best.
- Be creative with sizing
Sizing your tiles really is an individual choice, so why not be creative? You can have large and small tiles combined with mosaic like tiles if you want, or a smaller tile border around larger tiles – there is always a choice to fit the space.
- Remember grout
Remember that grout will play a big part in the way your floor tiles or wall tiles look, so don’t forget about it when you pick tiles. For example you may want a monochrome look but don’t like the idea of black and white tiles, in which case contrasting white tiles with black grout could be a great alternative. You might also want a more colourful way to frame your tiles, in which case coloured grout could be a good choice for you.
- Consider designer
Lots of designers do their own tiles, and that might be the unique aspect of the tiles you were looking for. Gucci tiles for example, add a sophisticated designer feel to any room.
- Think about replacements when it comes to tiles on sale
Tiles on sale can save you money but do be careful when buying stock that is being discontinued as you may struggle to find replacements should the floor or wall get damaged.
- Buy the right tile for the space
Different spaces require different tiles. A wet room needs a non-slip waterproof tile, whereas a tile in a high traffic area needs to be durable, and a tile in an area where a lot of stains or dirt might fall onto it will need to be non-porous and easy to clean. Think about the different practical needs of the tiles before you look at designs.
Have fun choosing your tiles!