Tiles are becoming an increasingly popular accessory for both wall and floor coverings, with tile shops experiencing a growth of 15 per cent in the last several years. So your probably asking your self “how do i choose the right tile for my home?”
It’s easy to see why tiles are popular—they’re easy to clean, hygienic, last longer than carpets and can even help minimise the effects of allergies.
But walk into any tile shop and the choice of tiles is enormous. Most tile shops stock tiles for bathrooms, kitchens, floors and even walls. There are ceramic tiles, slate tiles, natural stone, porcelain and even glass tiles on offer in tile shops.
So before you go tile shopping, think about what sort of tile you should choose…
Which room is the tile for?
As tile shops cater for tiles for floors, bathrooms and kitchens, make sure you are looking at the right type of tiles. There’s no point getting excited about a tile for your bathroom if you later discover that the tile you like is actually designed for walls. If you want to save time, ask the tile shop to direct you to the right area.
How hard-wearing or practical does the tile need to be?
If you’re looking for floor tiles in a kitchen area, you’ll need a hard-wearing tile to take the weight of things like fridge freezers and to cope with the high traffic of a kitchen area. Different types of tiles suit different areas. So ask the tile shop’s advice.
What size tile do you need?
Tiles come in different sizes. If you don’t know what size to choose, ask the tile shop for advice. Larger tiles can sometimes make a room look bigger. On the other hand, if space is limited above a washbasin in the bathroom for example, you may be better off choosing a smaller tile.
What colour tile would suit the room?
Think about your colour scheme. You need the tiles to complement any existing kitchen units or bathroom ware. Generally speaking, light shade tiles tend to make a room look bigger. Tile shops can help you colour coordinate.
Will the tile need treatment?
Bear in mind that some tiles need treatments like sealing or regular waxing. Always check with the tile shop whether the tile you choose needs any treatments. Also, ask the tile shop how likely the tile is to show stains.
Do you need a finishing touch?
Once you’ve chosen your tile, browse around the tile shop looking for finishing touches you want to add. Tile shops can assist you in choosing a trim or perhaps a patterned tile to break up a single colour.
How much is it going to cost?
Finally, don’t forget to check the price. Ideally, you should have an idea of the size of area you need tiles for. Tile shops will then work out for you how many tiles you need. Tile shops can also recommend what sort of grouting you need.
So there’s some basic tips to get you started…happy tiling!