Everything You Need to Know About Picking the Perfect Tiles

An assortment of sample tiles to choose from

Tile flooring has a rich and lengthy history, and it remains an extremely popular choice for builders and decorators today. Most of us probably have at least one or two tile-floored rooms in our homes, or have at the very least lived in a home that utilized this durable, versatile material in either a practical or decorative way. Tile has earned its lasting reputation by having a lot to offer – it is usually long lasting, easy to care for and comes in a nearly endless combination of aesthetically pleasing varieties.

With so many options available, we know how easy it can be to get a little overwhelmed when you get ready to choose the tile that you want to incorporate into your new home or renovation. To help you narrow down your favorites and make a choice that you’ll be happy with for years to come, we thought we’d share some of the things that are worth considering as you make your selection.

Smooth Vs. Textured Tile – What Works Best Where?

While both options are beautiful and durable, when it comes to a choice of smooth or textured tiles, you need to consider the purpose of the location where your tile will be installed. A smooth tile may look beautiful on your bathroom and even your tiled shower floor, but smooth tiles can be dangerously slippery when it gets wet. Textured tiles, on the other hand, can give you a measure of traction in areas that are going to be wet, but would be a poor choice for high traffic areas, like mudrooms or entryways, because they are more difficult to keep clean than smooth tiles. A few of the most popular kinds of tile for bathrooms include slate, pebble stones, porcelain, tiles with a matte or textured finish, and small mosaic style tiles that require more grout than larger tiles can offer a better degree of traction for showers and bathroom floors.

When Are Bigger or Brighter Tiles Better?

You may like the look of a particularly eye-catching set of large tiles, but where are you planning to place them? Large tiles can help make some rooms seem bigger than they actually are, which may be appealing, but they may not be the best choice for very small spaces like bathrooms, where they would need to be cut to fit around your plumbing fixtures. In these spaces, small tiles may achieve a more uninterrupted and aesthetically pleasing look. The color that you choose for rooms of different sizes plays an equally important part in the overall palette of a room. For example, tiles of a darker color can add a little warmth and coziness to a room, while lighter tiles can make a room look bigger and more open.

Choosing a Great Grout

While the practical purpose of the grout between your tiles is to secure and protect them, grout can also serve the dual purpose of blending or highlighting the tiles that you have chosen. Grout comes in a variety of colors, allowing you the choice to match your grout to the tile, to contrast your tile by selecting a grout that is either lighter or darker, or keeping things neutral with a lighter beige or gray. For those of you who have a hard time envisioning the outcome of mixing different grout colors with the tiles you like, this grout selection tool can be a fun way to help you get a better idea of the possibilities that are out there.

Don’t Be Afraid to Get a Little Creative

If your vision of the perfect tile floor is nothing but uniform color and straight lines, then you probably won’t have much trouble finding the tiles to bring that vision to life. But if the thought of the gleaming white subway tiles as far as the eye can see makes you yawn, you’re not alone. There are so many fun and interesting ways to create a visual focal point in your tile flooring by trying different layout patterns or choosing to build a tile arrangement around a feature tile with a design that you’ve fallen in love with. There’s no reason to go overboard with heavily designed tiles, but one or two strategically placed pieces can liven up your living space in a way that might surprise you, keeping the look of your room fresh and inviting for a very long time.

Need help choosing the perfect tile for your home? Contact us today! We love to help our customers choose flooring that they will be proud to have in their homes.

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