Make your own rules. Do it against the wall.

Make your own rules. Do it against the wall.

When it comes to tiling, it often feels like there’s ‘so many rules’ to follow.

Is there a certain size a floor tile needs to be? Can you put floor tiles on a wall? Is there a certain material we should be using?

We get it. Tiling can be a stressful part of any DIY process, and getting your design right is understandably important – but so is the longevity and durability of your design!

Turns out, there are only a few things you need to know, and guess what? Some ‘rules’, can be broken and we’re going to break one today… (Who doesn’t love breaking a few rules here and there?)

You CAN use floor tiles on a wall. Specifically our stunning Feature Floors range.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Tiles are not necessarily made as ‘floor’ and ‘wall’ tiles respectively. Tiles are made and classified according to durability and strength. It is this classification which determines where a tile can and cannot be used. Who knew?

Floor tiles meet a certain level of durability to be suitable for the floor as they need to withstand a lot of foot traffic. Using a scale called ‘COF – Coefficient of Friction’, every ceramic or porcelain tile is rated; the higher the rating, the higher the friction and therefore safer to walk on. Floor tiles must have a minimum level of friction (COF rating of 0.50 minimum for interior flooring, and 0.60 for exterior) to be classed as safe. That’s the biggest difference between floor and wall tiles. That said, this doesn’t mean you can’t use a floor tile on a wall, it just means your wall will be extra durable!

What else should you consider?

Factor in the weight of your tile before fixing it to a wall as well as the surface you’re tiling on too – is it plastered, rendered brick, plaster board? All surfaces take different weights of tile, therefore you must know if your tile exceeds the maximum weight per m2.

You’ve mastered the rules, now it’s time for the fun bit. The design.

This gorgeous ceramic tile uses high definition technology to give the look and feel of marble, at an affordable cost. The swirled marble design is a fabulous design for many rooms, and a great piece to use for a floors and walls design.

Available in grey and beige, this gentle design can create a harmonious patchwork feature in any room. The Alfred large ceramic tile is a beautiful uniformed look that would give a great affect on walls, as well as floors.

The Henry Matt tile offers the versatility to create a classic or contemporary style depending on how the tiles are arranged. Available in grey or beige, these square ceramic tiles give you the option of two dramatic designs, for both floors and walls.

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