Tips for Selecting the Right Tiles

Tiles represent critical elements in a home’s décor and can even set the right mood and style of a space.

The Tile Gallery has an impressive array of tiles for every room, every surface and every style. However, with this myriad of choices, it is crucial to make the right choice.

#1. Deciding Where to Lay Your Tiles

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This is one of the main factors to consider when choosing tiles. Where will they end up being? Are you using tiles for a backsplash? Or, a counter?

Different tiles are designed for different purposes. For instance, some are used exclusively for walls while others for floors and some for both. Knowing exactly where they will be placed will help you narrow down the size and material.

Let me give you some examples:

  • If you are planning on installing tiles in the kitchen or bathroom, you will choose a material that’s durable, water-resistant and also easy to clean. No one wants slippery tiles on the shower floor or the kitchen floors, especially while cooking.
  • Did you know that stone, ceramic and porcelain tiles are widely used for counters and floors?
  • On the other hand, glass is preferred for walls and backsplashes.

#2. Choosing the Right Size

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The size of the tile you choose will have an impact on your spaces. So, why don’t you use it to your advantage?

If you want to make your room appear bigger and more spacious, large tiles are an ideal option as they have a distinctive look and are easier to fit. But if you are tiling a surface that is not perfectly straight, you might go for small mosaic ones. They can make a space look more intimate and are great for contemporary-styled houses. However, as they have more grout lines, small times can increase the complexity of a room.

Another method to choose the right size is to follow this basic rule: bigger tiles for floors and smaller ones for walls (but, please, please, don’t do the opposite as it will look out of proportion). And, if on both wall and floor, the same size is recommended.

#3. The Rules of Colours

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I might recommend monochrome tiles, but you might go for pink or natural ones. Therefore, at the end of the day, it will be totally up to your colour preference. But, still here are some tips and some basic rules you can consider:

  • Lighter-coloured tiles, such as plain white ones, can make a room appear larger and brighter, while darker tones can add warmth, drama and also hide dirt.
  • For bathrooms and kitchens, choose a colour in the same way you would select a piece of art as the colour of the tile need to become the central part of the whole décor.
  • In terms of décor, neutral hues can make a space more flexible.
  • If you a more relaxed or serene space, cream, beige and natural stone tiles are a safe bet.
  • Many prefer warm tones such as terracotta as it can bring a Mediterranean look to the house.
  • If you are more of a ritz and glamour person, try metallic tiles.

#4. Style

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Think about the style of your home and then make your choice. But, remember, try not to go against your home’s style and instead choose tiles that can blend into the overall décor.

Again, more tips:

  • If your house is more on the harmonious side, try to use the same tiles on both the walls and floors.
  • Have a dramatic home décor? Try to mix the styles and add different coloured floor tiles.
  • Want to bring the outdoors inside? Bring Mother Nature inside with stone tiles, wood effect tiles, slate tiles, travertine tiles and pebble tiles.

#5. Textures and Patterns

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Choosing matt or polished tile is your choice.

But, remember that compared to smooth or shiny tiles, textured or tiles with a matt finish are less slippery and hence are more suitable for areas that are prone to moisture like kitchen and bathrooms.

Ready for your tiling project? Contact The Tile Gallery that has great ideas to help you nail your tiling project.


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