How to Select the Right Tile and Tile Layout for Your House

The Right Tile and Layout Make All the Difference

Every home has a distinct style, so it makes sense that not every single type of tile or layout looks good in every single home. Special attention needs to be paid when selecting the tile for your home so it will best reflect your home's unique character and your own personal sense of style. The same attention needs to be paid when deciding on what pattern you want your tiles to be laid in.

In this guide, our tile experts provide you with valuable tips that will help ensure you make the best choices for your home's next tile project.

Tile Considerations

Shopping for tile can be overwhelming for some people due to the sheer selection of tiles available. But, you can narrow down your choices by keeping certain considerations in mind. In fact, there are five things you need to consider when making your tile selection. These include:

  1. Location – The location(s) of where you are going to be installing the tile is one of the most important factors you need to keep in mind. There are different types of tile for different applications. First and foremost, you should ensure the tile you are selecting is safe and practical for the room in which they will be installed. For instance, a smooth tile isn't a good option for shower floors because they can turn slippery when they get wet. In this area, a textured tile will be a better choice. The same concept applies to other parts of the home, like high traffic areas. In these areas, you will want a highly durable tile that can resist scratching and chipping.

  2. Colour – The colour of tile you choose will have a significant impact on the overall attitude and feel of the room. For instance, if you want to add warmth to a room, then darker coloured tiles will be preferred. Or, if you want to make a smaller room appear larger, then you'll want to go with larger, light-toned tiles.

  3. Size – The size of the tile you choose has a bigger effect on the room's atmosphere that you might think. Small tiles make a room feel intimate, while larger tiles give the room a more expansive feel. Large tiles are easier to install, but small tiles, with their many grout lines, can add a level of complexity to the flooring.

  4. Pattern – Today,tiles are available in a very broad range of patterns. These tiles can add a sense of fun to a room, but be careful the patterns don't overwhelm the overall look of the finished project. For instance, installing patterned tile in a room in which walls also feature a pattern will make the room look congested.

  5. Spacing – The spacing of your tiles will influence the look of your floor, so you need to take that into consideration when selecting your tiles. For instance, tiles that are farther spaced apart will have thicker grout lines. You can mask this by using a grout that's the same colour as your tiles or you can use a contrasting colour to showcase your tiles. Just keep in mind, the larger your grout lines are, the more challenging they will be to clean.

Tile Layout Options

As important as the type of tile you select is, you're only halfway to ensuring your room looks as perfect as you want it to look. The other half of the job, and just as important, is determining how you want your tile to be laid out. In this regard, you also have several options available to choose from.

Classic Brick – The classic brick layout is most commonly associated with subway-style tiles. Each row of tiles is offset by the width of half a tile. This layout makes a room feel wider and it is a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

Vertical Brick – A vertical brick layout is a vertical rendition of the classic brick layout and it is used to emphasize the height of a room. It can make a dramatic difference in small bathrooms.

Herringbone – The herringbone layout features tiles laid out at right angles in a zig-zag fashion. This layout can give any room a more sophisticated look using even the most affordable and basic tiles. But, because of the difficulty of installation and the large number of cuts required to finish, herringbone is one of the more expensive types of layouts to have installed by a professional.

Basket-Weave – The basket-weave layout features four sections of tiles to make one square unit. The layout involves two vertical and two horizontal tiles with one of each on the top of the square the other two installed in reverse order on the bottom part of the square.

Mosaics Mosaic layouts usually feature small 25.4 x 25.4mm tiles, but there are a variety of different sizes and shapes available to choose from. These tiles come in pre-made sheets for easier installation. Mosaics are commonly used for shower floors, as a highlight on an accent wall, and for lining a niche.

Need Help Selecting Tile? European Heritage Can Help

European Heritage has one of the UK's largest selections of premium tiles. And, we have the experts on hand who can help you make the best selection possible for your unique project. Whether you're installing a tile floor, wall, or other part of your home, we can help you make the right choices. We have several store locations, so stop in today to see what we have to offer.

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