December 19, 2016

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing Tiles

Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or a bathroom or even an outdoor area, tiles dramatically change the look and feel of any space. Here are the top five things to keep in mind when choosing your tiles to ensure you make the perfect selection! 

 

Tiling is a major part of any renovation, so it’s important to remember that the tile design you go with today, could be something you live with for years to come.

 

When making your tile selections, there are 5 key elements to consider:

 

1. Shape.

Unique, handmade tiles will have to be laid individually – one by one. For a more cost effective option with a quicker install, consider tiles that come in sheets.

 

2. Size.

Scale is so important when you’re making tile decisions. In smaller areas try and use larger tiles because it helps make the room appear bigger. Tiny tiles on the other hand would work in a shower application as the small tiles help with drainage - and that is super important when tiling a bathroom.

 

3. Colour.

There are so many colours to choose from - where do you start? What you want to avoid though is a picking a colour that’s going to date in 5 years time.

 

4. Pattern.

Patterns are for people who want to make a bold statement but if you’re not that adventurous you can still use it in different ways. Consider using it in a border or an insert in a larger pattern or even an entire floor.

 

5. Texture.

Textured tiles are generally harder to clean. They’ve got more grout lines, they’ve got an uneven surface, so maybe using it in a kitchen application as your benchtop isn’t the best idea.

 

You should always over order your tiles, to allow for breakage or mistakes, so add an additional 10% to your final count. 

 

And remember - use your tile suppliers, use their expertise. Take home samples and try them out!

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