Emma Foote from Tile Space Parnell explains some of the differences between tiles and what to consider when choosing a tile.
Modern printing techniques have given rise to incredibly realistic wood, marble and stone look tiles, while decorative designs are getting more imaginative and interesting than ever. This can be a bit daunting at first, but really it’s easy to narrow down your choice if you consider the following:
1. The style of your house and your personal style. Spend some time browsing magazines or websites like Pinterest to narrow down what you are looking for. Remember to take into account the design style of your house and to work with it not against it!
2. The light in the room, both natural and artificial. For example, a gloss tile will suit a dark space, as it reflects more light as does a lighter colour.
3. The size and layout of the room. Large module tiles make a small room look larger, as does the direction of the lay when using a rectangular tile. Using the same tile on the floor and walls will make the space look more cohesive.
4. Grout colour makes a huge difference. Contrasting grout will make the design pop but can add tension to the space by emphasising the lines; while colour matched grout will make the pattern more subtle.
More expensive tiles generally have a more sophisticated and natural looking design, due to increased depth of surface, more variation and better texture. However you can still get a beautiful effect with a cheaper tile, especially if you use a good tiler. For some great moderately priced options, it’s worth have a look at our extensive RAK range. Our tiles are from Italy, Spain, UAE, Asia and South America, all our tiles come with a 10 year guarantee.
At Tile Space we have qualified design consultants in every store, who can help you through the points listed above and also with site visits, samples and even recommending a good tiler. Come and see us to start creating your dream space!
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