How Do You Choose The Right Floor Tiles?Lee Johnson
Whether you’ve just had a bathroom renovation or newly installed kitchen units, choosing the perfect flooring is one of the most key factors to consider.
For many rooms, tiling can be the most efficient choice, and an incredibly stylish one. With design issues of functionality and practicality, choosing the perfect tile for your room can be resolved through a simple process. We’ve divided up some factors so that you can decide which material, cut, size and shape is best for your floor.
What Shape and Size Tile Should You Choose?
Floor tiling can be fitted in many ways, from standard fixing to brick bonded or staggered. If you plan your tile fixing appropriately, then there is nothing to worry about, especially if a professional is fitting them. There are certain tiles which need tessellating, or have a modular pattern which follow a strict behaviour per metre which will need a detailed eye and a patient fitter.
Keep in mind the size and shape as this will determine the grout lines. Fewer grout lines can give an illusion of more space, so if a space is tighter, bigger tiles may be the ideal choice. The pattern can also influence this, as an overly patterned tile will need to be precisely fitted, and can be an overpowering interior design choice if over-used.
The shape and size of a tile on the floor can change the entire design and even bump up the styling from contemporary to traditional or vice versa. A smaller tile could look slightly overbearing for floor use, but could look nice as a feature area or a rug like patch.
How is the Rooms Interior Styled?
The design and colour of the tiles is important in terms of interior design. For practicality, tiles can be perfect but if they dont coordinate with the aesthetic then they will not be as pleasing to the eye. Aim to match your floor tile with the entire room, and not just the walls, unless you are opting for a complete contrast, then go wild and pick a complete opposite.
Floor tiles tend to last a very long time, so be sure to pick your colour to the styling of the room. Take into consideration design trends, as if you are a trend follower, you may want to go for a more neutral theme, as they are sure to stand the test of time. Our Grespania tiles are the perfect neutral combination to give a high quality, contemporary and luxury feel.
The amount of light which is let in the room may also help in your choice of floor tile, as they will need to reflect light to make the room feel larger. Dark glossy floor tiles can also show more dirt than lighter tiles. So if there is limited light, opt for a lighter tile.
What Is the Purpose Of The Room?
This may be the most important factor to choosing your floor tiles. The choice of tiles for your kitchen floor should differ to that of your bathroom, kitchen or wet room, and especially if you are thinking outside of the box and fitting tiles in a different room altogether. Tiles in a kitchen or bathroom are normally expected but if you are choosing to tile a bedroom or a living room, choose wisely. Either way, opting for tiles in any unconventional room can create a contemporary and cutting-edge style, paving the way for an avant-garde home.
For your wet room, bathroom or shower room, a smaller tile may be a better option, as something with a slight raised pattern can help with water resistance. They usually come in a large variety of colours and finishes and can easily create a simple yet effective mosaic effect. A kitchen tile choice can vary, but consider who is using the room and how often you will be spending time in there. You need to choose a tile that can withstand the family’s habits and routines. Think about factors such as cleaning routines, pets and traffic through the room.
No matter what room you are planning to give the interior gift of tiles to, it may be better off if you don’t jump in head first and buy the first tile you see. Take into consideration the above factors to get the most out of practicality, functionality and interior design. After all, a floor can transform a room.