How to Choose The Right Tiles For Your Home Makeover
Call us biased, but in our opinion, there’s no better material for your home makeover than ceramic tiles. They’re hard-wearing, cost-effective, easy to install and maintain and make it simple to bring colour and pattern into your space. But with so many options available, where do you start in choosing which tiles are right for your home?
Think Outside the Box
Don’t be constrained by your retailer’s categories - it’s perfectly possible to bring ceramic floor tiles onto the wall if that will help you create the design of your dreams. There are a few things to consider, such as the weight and material of the tiles, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box to get the look you really want.
Go for Multi-Use Tiles
Some floor tiles are multi-use, which mean they can be installed on the wall or floor. Larger porcelain tiles aren’t always suitable for walls, for example, but ceramic tiles work perfectly on both surfaces so you can carry on your pattern rather than choosing two separate styles, if you want.
Continuing a feature floor onto the wall is a great design element to have in your arsenal, and will certainly make a statement in your home. For example, the award-winning Retro tiles from our Feature Floors collection work just as well on walls for a contemporary look with a classic twist.
Check the Weight
It’s important to take into consideration whether the surface you’re tiling onto can withstand the pressure of the tile’s weight. From plaster to hardboard, the weight will affect the material definitely so ensure you have a strong substrate before adding tiles and take the advice of a professional if you’re unsure to avoid any DIY mishaps!
Consider the Room’s Purpose
Whilst any tile will likely be suitable in your living space or bedroom, bathrooms or high traffic areas like the kitchen may need a bit more consideration to ensure that your tile can withstand the room’s purpose. Porcelain tends to be more durable than other materials, but there are a number of factors to consider before making your decision. For a detailed breakdown at ceramic vs. porcelain tiles, take a look at our handy guide.
Work With Your Space
If you’re looking to tile a trickier or smaller space, consider a smaller tile like our Hex range for more flexibility in your design. If there are any features in your room that you want to make the most of, consider varying your tiles in that area to really make a statement.