Tiles are a mainstay of kitchens and bathrooms, so you may be considering them for your own decorative project. But why should you choose tiles? What sort of tiles should you choose? What options are even out there? Well, this article will help you make your mind up on those all-important questions, so you end up with a selection you’re totally happy with.
So, why should you choose tiles?
There are numerous reasons why you might choose tiles for your bathroom or kitchen, but they can basically be divided into two categories: practical and aesthetic.
On to the practical reasons first, tiles are very hard-wearing and easy to clean, making them an excellent choice for kitchens where there might be spillages or spraying oil. All you need to do is wipe them down and they’ll look good as new. They also have practical applications in bathrooms. Tiles won’t be affected by the damp air and can again be easily cleaned to keep your bathroom looking as spotless as the day it was installed.
Now on to the aesthetic reasons. Tiles can create a certain feel in a room depending on the style you go for, and they certainly come in a wide range of styles. You’ll be spoilt for choice and be bound to find something that suits the image your aiming to go for.
What tile options are there?
As just mentioned, there are a whole range of tile choices. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colours, so the real task is narrowing down what type you’d like.
It’s important to say, however, that tiles are made out of different materials. Ceramic tiles are probably what springs to mind when tiles are mentioned, mainly because they’re the most common. They’re durable and easy to clean and can be used on both walls and floors. However, they aren’t quite as hard wearing. Some tiles are made from porcelain and they come in both glazed and unglazed varieties. You can also get mosaics, natural stone, and terracotta tiles.
What tiles are right for you?
Given there’s such a wide variety of tiles, it might be difficult to narrow down which tiles you want, or which tiles suit your needs. Fortunately for you, we have a quick list of things to consider when choosing your tiles.
- Tiles size – smaller tiles tend to be better suited to walls and bigger tiles tend to be suited to floors.
- Room size – Larger tiles can actually make a room feel more spacious, so if you’ve got a small room it may be a good idea to go for them. Lighter colour tiles can also make a room feel a bit more spacious, so these might be things you want to consider if you’re decorating a small room.
- Colour – as mentioned, a lighter colour can make a room feel larger, but you needn’t feel completely bound by this. Tiles come in a whole rainbow of colours, so it’s more about choosing a colour that compliments the rest of the room.
- Texture and pattern – similar to colour, tiles come in different patterns and textures. Textured tiles can be useful for flooring in bathrooms because they can prevent you slipping over, but that doesn’t mean they can’t add something aesthetically as wall tiles as well.
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