Published on Wednesday, 6th June 2018
Decorating your home can be a wonderful experience that affords a fantastic opportunity to stamp your own mark when it comes to the décor that you choose.
Whether you are choosing paint or wallpaper for your walls, new light fittings or tiles for a new kitchen or bathroom, the range of choice available on the market can be somewhat daunting. Whilst some items such as curtains or a rug can be easily swapped if you decide you have made the wrong decision, tiles can be a little harder to alter without something of an upheaval, so it is important to make the right decisions in the first place.
With this in mind, here are our top 10 tips for choosing the right tiles for your home.
1.Consider room size
The size of the room you are looking to have tiled will play a large part in your decision. If the room is on the small size, as is often the case with bathrooms, especially in newer homes, then it is a good idea to pick lighter coloured tiles. This can help reflect the light and give the illusion that your bathroom is bigger than it is.
Having said that, no matter the size of your room you shouldn’t be afraid of colour, so if you really love a splash of colour then go for it! Even if you want to keep the lighter look, a few accent tiles in bright colours is certainly something to consider.
Tiles can be expensive, but having worked with the full range of tiles, our honest advice is never to compromise on the quality of the tiles that you choose in order to reduce your budget. You should think of the tiles that you choose as an investment; you want them to last a long time. Cheaper tiles can be difficult to work with and disappointing to look at once installed.
Think about the room you are choosing tiles for and whether they are for the walls or floor. When it comes to bathroom tiles for the floor, then you need to make sure that they are suitable for their intended use. Bathroom floors can become slippery when damp, so you need a tile that has a slightly matte surface as this can help to reduce the risk of slipping. Many natural stone tiles will need sealing to ensure waterproofing whilst what goes underneath the tile I equally important – if you have under-floor heating, always check compatibility.
5. Consider maintenance
If you are considering natural stone tiles, which can make a beautiful design statement in your home, then for example, as above, make sure that you understand the need for sealing them and any aftercare that they will require.
6. How about borders?
If you have large walls, then borders can not only be a great way of adding an extra splash of colour, but they can also help to break up your walls as well.
7. Look at tile size and direction
A big consideration when choosing tiles is whether to opt for large, small or mosaic tiles. In the same way lighter tiles can make a room look bigger so can larger tiles, as they trick the eye into believing a space is bigger than it is. We can’t emphasise enough how different a room can look depending on if tiles are laid horizontally, vertically or diagonally. If your room will require a lot of tile cuts, then smaller tiles are better as they help the flow of the room.
8. Bring in texture
Some tiles are smooth whilst others have a slight texture to the surface. Both can give you a very different look, so it is important to consider the look you are trying to achieve. Textured tiles work well for floors to increase grip and smoother ones are usually better for your walls. Feature shower or splashback walls can look great with detailed mosaic tile!
Tiles can be expensive, and once put up difficult to change, so if you are at all unsure, give yourself extra time to consider your choices; you want to make sure you make the right decisions for your home.
10. Seek advice
If you are struggling to pick the right bathroom or kitchen tiles, then it is worth asking for advice from a specialist like AJG as part of the bathroom or kitchen refurbishment. We have installed many tiles before and have great relationships with local suppliers, meaning that you will not only get great advice on whether to opt for luxury vinyl tile, natural stone tile, wood or even mosaics, we’ll even help you come up with ideas for designs for the rest of your room.
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