Residential Design Trends - 5 Tips for Tile Selection


Beautiful tiling brings the room together.

There are so many areas of a home where tile can provide unique style such as warmth, a little glamour, or even serenity if that is what is desired by the homeowner. In this post, we will discuss tips for selecting the perfect tile that will set just the right tone and style -- all while keeping in mind the desire for easy cleaning and durability.

Add Light with Glossy Tiles
Glossy tiles reflect light, which helps to open up smaller areas and provides a sense of luxury as well. The smooth surface of glossy tiles means they will be easy to clean. However, before using them on any walking surface, check with the manufacturer to make sure they recommend their particular tile for use as flooring.

Go Lux with Metallics

Tiles with gold, copper, or silver streaks running through them can add a sense of opulence and glamour to a home. It's best to consider these tiles as accent pieces since they could become overwhelming if used extensively. Use these types of tiles in small areas such as a backsplash to add just a touch of bling.

Add Warmth with Terra Cotta

Terra-cotta tiles are a classic tile that offers instant warmth through its beautiful orange-brown, rustic color. Some points to consider about terra-cotta tiles are:

1. In order to prevent staining, the tiles must be sealed first.

2. They tend to have a matte finish, so make sure the matte look is what you are aiming for.

Durable Limestone

For high traffic areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and foyers, consider using rustic, tumbled limestone. The tumbling process gives the limestone tile a distressed look which can help hide some dirt and grime. Another type of smooth-surface flooring which might show every crumb! Limestone is also very durable and tough and will hold up well under heavy foot and pet traffic.

Patterned Tiles

Patterned or shaped tiles can add some visual interest to an area. For large areas, it is best to choose a matte finish rather than a glossy finish for patterned or shaped tiles in order not to overwhelm a room. Keep in mind that matte finishes are generally harder to clean than glossy tile, so it is probably best to use shaped tiles in areas where they would be unlikely to pick up a lot of grime.

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