Tile is a durable, luxurious, and popular material for residential and commercial flooring. Choosing tile flooring for your home can be an overwhelming task. With the many choices of materials, colors, patterns, and sizes of tiles available, homeowners can have difficulty deciding what will look best and work best as flooring in their homes. Fortunately, we have some design tile flooring tips that will help you make the best choices for your home.
Large Format Tile
Regarding tile, size matters; when choosing tile flooring for a large area such as the great room, a common area, kitchen, or an open floorplan, larger format tile works best. Large format tile makes the room feel more expansive, and there is less groundwork to disrupt the eye. With fewer grout lines, the tile surface won’t look too busy or crowded, and the space flows more effortlessly.
Small Format Tile
Smaller spaces like bathrooms or entryways are better suited for small format tile flooring. You can get more creative in small areas using small format tile, and the grout helps reduce slipping on wet surfaces. For example, using a marble mosaic tile in the entry of your home reduces slipping and adds drama to your foyer.
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is choosing unsuitable tile for their bathrooms. In the bathroom, always consider the function of the tile. Smaller format tiles and rough surface tiles minimize slipping. Large format tile may work in a bathroom if the texture is roughly like a slate or stone. For example, installing a highly polished tile in the bathroom may increase accidents as the tile is already slippery without being wet.
Rough Texture And No-Slip Tiles
For any area in the home prone to getting wet, consider tiles with a lot of texture—many stones and stone-look porcelain tiles that feel like stone work well in damp spaces. Rough texture tiles are typically not smooth to the touch and have a matt finish to increase safety. Another option is a non-slip tile that is smooth to the touch but is made specifically for high-moisture areas.
Choosing The Color Of Your Tile Flooring
The color you choose for your tile flooring should complement your home’s style and decor in a supporting role, not the lead. When selecting tile color, your family’s lifestyle and the amount of upkeep the color would require. Light-colored tile with light grout may show dirt more quickly than darker-colored tile and grout. Consultation with your tile contractor on color, material, and maintenance will help you make the right decision for your home.