How to choose the right floor tiles for your home
There is no doubt that floor tiles provide a much cooler and nicer effect than some other types of flooring. There are many advantages, such as water resistance and ease of cleaning, however, deciding what style and colour of tile to use in a particular room can be tricky.
Don’t worry though, here are some tips to help you figure out what the best type of tile is for the room you are doing.
Before you begin
Have you looked at the surface of the floor you will be tiling? It is important to make sure it is flat and clean otherwise the tiles will not lay correctly, and your efforts will amount to nothing. You can always get help from local tradesmen to prepare the floor for you before you start, ensuring you get the best for your money.
You might not think so, but the size of tile you choose can have a significant impact on the look of the room. If you are looking for a small room, then a larger plain tile can give the effect of a bigger space. Larger rooms are easier as you can choose virtually any size you want.
The other consideration is weight and time, especially if you fit them yourself. Larger tiles are heavier to manoeuvre, but you will lay less of them to finish the floor and therefore save time.
Colour and Pattern
The colour of tile you choose depends on the décor of the room. It is not just about the paint on the walls, but also the furniture and other accessories. If you are planning on changing the color of the walls as well, it may be a good idea to do this first, so you know what the room looks like before you choose tiles.
You also need to make a choice between patterned or plain tiles. Patterned ones cost more compared to plain and you might not always like the style, especially if you change the decor of the room. It is far easier to match a plain tile to most rooms. You should also consider what color grouting you need as plain white might be too bright.
The best tile for the room
Your choice of tile depends on the purpose of the room. Kitchens and bathrooms need a tile that is water resistant and not high gloss, or it will become extremely slippery when wet. If you are tiling a hallway or other high-traffic area, it is best to choose a tile that is hard wearing and doesn’t need regular maintenance.
Floor tiles should last many years if they are properly laid and maintained. You might need to refresh the grouting every few years, but buying a good quality grouting should minimize any discoloration.
It is also a good idea to purchase a few extra tiles of the same design when laying the floor. This will be helpful if any of them crack as you will have replacements ready to go. Also, it could be some time after you laid the floor, and those tiles might not be available.