10 Tips when choosing tiles

Feb 2, 2015 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

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I’ve had tiles on the mind all week. I’m working with a client to tile a blacksplash  in their kitchen, and also to deliver a tile design for a bathroom and laundry. So I’ve been out visiting showrooms for inspiration and I thought it would be a great idea to share some hints and tips on what to look out for when you’re out making your selections.

Tiles should be seen as an investment into your home. Hopefully they will be there for a long time and I believe the tile choice can really make the design. Therefore ensure you set aside enough budget in your allocations.

  1.  In smaller spaces uses lighter wall tiles, especially in small bathrooms. You can contrast with a darker floor tile, but a light wall tile will help to open up the space.
  2. Don’t be afraid to use colour. There are some beautiful tiles out there that could inject some colour into your room. You could choose softer more natural glazed tiles if you didn’t want to go bright and bold.
  3. If colour really isn’t for you then choose neutral tiles with a pattern. You could go for something that’s either textural and patterned within the tile itself, or choose a mosaic to create an interested pattern repeat.
  4. If you need a tile to be stain resistant choose something that’s glazed, however if you wanted something that wasn’t as slippery for say a floor tile you should choose an unglazed tile (not all tiles for floors are slip rated so be careful here)
  5. Always take advice in the showroom on tile application. Some tiles are more suitable than others depending on where you intend to use them.
  6. Always order an extra 5-10% more than you need so your tiler has some wastage for if tiles break as they are being cut or the colour match isn’t quite 100%.
  7. You can choose different colours for your grout, so if you want your tile to pop you might want to use something much darker or lighter than your tile, on the flip side blend the grout for a softer look.
  8. If you’re choosing a natural stone tile ensure you get advice on care and maintenance from the supplier.
  9. And finally have fun with your tile designs, there is so much out there to choose from it can often be the most exciting part of your design!
Choose from various patterns and colours to create something unique for your home.

Choose from various patterns and colours to create something unique for your home. (image from Di Lorenzo)

Don't be afraid to mix colours and use interesting patterns.

Don’t be afraid to mix colours and use interesting patterns. (image from Di Lorenzo)

Black and white always looks classic and never dates

Black and white always looks classic and never dates (image from Di Lorenzo)

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