Handy Hints and Tips when Choosing Floor Tiles
When choosing floor tiles for your home, there are a number of factors you should consider. Here are some tips and advice to ensure you choose the right floor tile for your home.
The Floor Tile Colour
You should aim to coordinate your floor tile colour with the entire room, not just the wall tiles. Think about equipment and cupboards in the room, accent colours and work tops. The room scheme may have a style to adhere to or a colour scheme where only certain colours will match. Floor tiles will last for many years so it is best to choose a neutral colour that will stand the test of time. The amount of natural light in your room may determine whether your floor tiles need to reflect light (lighter colours) to make the room feel larger or if a darker colour will suit. A little known fact is that glossy black floor tiles can often show dirt more than lighter coloured floor tiles. Of course glossy back floor tiles look wonderful, but this is a factor you may want to consider.
Here are some floor tile ideas we've put together for inspiration.
Pattern & Size of Floor Tile
Floor tiles can be fixed to the floor in a variety of ways, such as standard fixing or brick-bonded/ staggered. As long as you plan your tile fixing anything is possible! There are certain floor tiles that have a variety of sizes and will have a modular pattern to follow for each square metre, for example the Loire floor tile range (shown above) and the Toscano floor tile range (shown below) both available at Tileflair. The size of your floor tile determines how many grout lines are shown on the flooring, and fewer grout lines can create an illusion of more space, which is great for those tight spaces.
Ceramic or Porcelain?
Porcelain tiles are stronger than ceramic tiles because they are denser. It is because of this that porcelain tiles are also suitable for outdoor use as they will not soak up water which can freeze and crack the tile. However, it depends on the traffic or usage the floor tile you are laying as to whether you need porcelain or ceramic. Ceramic tiles are graded which indicates whether they are suitable for domestic or commercial use. If you were tiling the floor of a shopping centre. Then porcelain would be required. If you were tiling a domestic kitchen, most ceramic tiles would be suitable. It is always worth checking with the tile retailer – if they do not know, buy your tiles from an experienced and knowledgeable tile supplier instead, such as Tileflair. The downside to using porcelain tiles is that they are more difficult to cut and drill through because of their strength, which might be reflected in a quote given to lay the tiles.
Wetroom Floor Tiles
If you are tiling a wetroom floor, there will be a gradient to the floor towards the drain. It is no problem tiling a floor with a slope as long as you ensure this element is incorporated into the plans. Mosaic tiles that are strong enough (such as glass mosaic tiles or glazed porcelain) are an excellent choice due to their small sizes of the mosaic tiles. Some examples include Classy Glass for glass mosaics.
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