Tile Design

With thousands of tile types to choose from that cater to every possible taste, choosing the right tiles for your home can be a daunting and stressful task.

We are often asked for our opinion regarding tile choice, and while we're more than happy to help it's important to remember that when it comes to choosing a design there are no rules — it's purely a matter of personal opinion, so just choose something that you like.  The only limitations are your imagination and the level of maintenance you are happy with.

Making the most of your space means knowing what you want to achieve before you begin. Do you want a finish that's simple, modern, and light, or are you trying to create a warm and earthy feel?  Do you want your room to look larger or smaller? Do you need to contrast or blend in with your furniture?

All of these elements can be affected by the right tile choice -- you can use plenty of tricks with your tiles to create a stunning finish that will really bring a room to life.

You could look for some inspiration from home decorating magazines, websites and even television programs.  Make sure to keep your eyes open when you're out and about as shopping centres, hotels and restaurants can also provide some great inspiration.

Tile Layout

You can use your tiles in a variety of ways to create a personal and interesting design.

Consider using various sized tiles in your project, perhaps by using a smaller tile as a cost effective border or feature strip.
Play with the layout -- if you're using square tiles consider fixing all of them, or a band of them, at an angle. Oblong tiles can be laid on their side (landscape) to make the room feel longer, or upright (portrait) in either a square or broken bond to make the ceiling feel higher.
Mix different materials and textures; ceramic, stone, glass and metal can be mixed to create unique designs to suit all budgets and styles. Glass mosaics are great when used as an accent colour. 

Tile textures

The textures of the tiles you choose can also make a big impact. Matte, silk, or gloss, bumpy, riven, un-filled travertine's, polished natural stone or porcelain and glass tiles all provide different effects and capture light differently. Will you use a co-ordinating colour with your bathroom wall tiles, or will you consider a contrasting wall? Using a darker flooring colour makes your bathroom look larger.

The finishing touch

Don't forget to consider the finishing touches. Your choice of grout makes a huge difference to the overall effect of your tiling. Consider the grout width and colour — contrasting grout colours can add definition, whereas co-ordinating your colours creates a seamless effect.

 

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