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How to choose the right tile for your space

15 Jan 2024 | BY Matt Matner

Personal Preference

When it comes to choosing tiles it really does come down to personal preference and what you like. However, we understand that some people may be a bit unsure and not know where to start. We have shared our top tips, tricks and inspiration to help get you started.

It’s important to decide what overall look you wish to achieve; are you thinking of a modern, contemporary design or welcoming in yesteryear with a chic vintage design. It could even be a combination of them both or something completely different.

 

Consider the size of the room

A great way of keeping the cost down is to ensure you order the correct amount of tiles for the area. Not ordering enough tiles will result in having to order more and pay additional delivery charges (note, there can also be shade differences between batches so its always best to order them altogether). Ordering too many can result in overspending and return fees. Ensure you measure the area correctly and add 10% to your measurements to allow for wastage.

A general belief is that you can decipher what size tile to choose based on the size of your room. If you have a large area, a large tile will look great! The minimal grout lines will create a seamless look and impart the feeling of spaciousness. Alternatively, if you have a smaller area a medium or small format tile may be more suitable. This will avoid having to repetitively cut a large tile in order to make it fit.

Fit for purpose

In addition to your tiles looking the part they need to be practical and fit for purpose. Think about the area you wish to tile; would a ceramic or porcelain tile be most suitable?

Porcelain tiles are fired at a higher temperature than ceramic tiles. They are denser than ceramic and less porous, meaning they’re harder, more durable and absorb less water. This makes them more suited to high footfall areas. On the other hand, ceramic tiles are less dense and tend to be easier to work with and to cut. They are also often cheaper than porcelain tiles, something to consider if you’re working on a budget.

 

Choosing a colour

If the area has little natural light then a light coloured tile can help brighten up a space. Alternatively, if you have an area that has a lot of natural light then a darker tile may help counteract the brightness of the space. It’s all about balance and finding what works for you.

There is an array of grout colours available for you to choose from. Matching the colour of the grout to the tile creates more of a seamless finish and makes the room feel bigger. Opting for a different colour grout can enhance depth and character to a room.