There is a lot to consider when choosing the tile for your home or business. It’s crucial to find a vision and not stray from it. Are you decorating a leisure room that should make a statement or a bedroom that will be soothing and welcoming? The aesthetic of the space will determine your selection. Keep in mind, your color pallet should remain cohesive throughout your home.
Choosing the appropriate tile material is imperative for each specific space. Ceramic tiles are more affordable but are more likely to chip or crack. Porcelain tiles are scratch and stain resistant. Natural materials such as limestone, travertine, and marble are so durable they can be used for interior and exterior. Cement and clay tiles have become more popular this year. They can be stunning but are porous.
Tile size is important to consider. Large format tiles are generally chosen for bigger areas such as main house flooring and outdoor living areas. Small format tiles are best used for backsplashes, bathtub surroundings, shower floors, and small accent walls.
As you can imagine, the color and style will set the tone of your room. Flooring that's light in color can make a room feel large and open. Dark colors look better in an open area with lots of light unless you want to create a moody space.
Pro tip: To create a bold statement, select tiles that are opposites on the color wheel. To create a relaxing room, choose colors that are similar and next to each other on the color wheel. For example, tone-on-tone colors create a more spa-like open feel even if the tiles are different textures and sizes.
Selecting tile can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. The tile in your home is an investment and is a hard finish that is not easily changed after installation. I always recommend visiting a showroom where you can lay out all your selections together or hire a designer to help you make decisions or answer questions. You’ll have plenty! Tile size, color, material, installation, grout, and edging are all important factors that can be easy to overlook without professional guidance. Discover more inspiration on my Instagram page @danyalekeimdesign. Have fun and happy hunting.