Choosing tiles

These days there is a huge variety in tiles. Emma Foote provides some helpful tips and advice on choosing tiles for your home.

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ARTICLE Emma Foote

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 before. This can be a bit daunting at first, but really it’s easy to narrow down your choice if you consider the following:
- The style of your house, along with your personal style
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 matche 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 a more information about tiling costs, read "Tiling prices and options".

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This article by Emma Foote featured on page 34 of Issue 014 of Renovate Magazine. Renovate Magazine is an easy to use resource providing fresh inspiration and motivation at every turn of the page.


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