Do’s and Don’ts of Picking Tile
Picking out tile for your kitchen or bathroom can seem like a daunting task. Making the right choice is imperative as tile tends to be quite permanent, and the time and energy that goes into any renovation which involves tiles means, you’re not in a hurry to change it any time soon. Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts to consider to help you make sure you’re ready to plunge ahead with your renovation.
1. When in doubt, go classic, neutral and natural. New trends pop up with every season, so unless you’re looking to make a statement, stick to something which will be able to stand the test of time.
2. Ask questions and get help. Regardless of the renovation, if you’re ever unsure about anything, always find a professional and ask questions. This is most important if you plan on picking out the tile and installing it yourself. Picking out tile and the appropriate grout isn’t rocket science, but there are definitely some tried and true techniques to make sure that all the pieces go together perfectly.
3. Know the dimensions of the area you plan on tiling, this is important to ensure that you pick out tile which will be able to not only suit the dimensions, but will also be able to complete any pattern which may be laid out.
4. Selecting tile before construction begins is important if you’re going to have a contractor, as this will aid the contractor in accommodating your planned design for the space.
5. If you’re having trouble deciding on tile, definitely consider a Subway tile, especially in white. Many interior designers swear by this classic tile. This white rectangular ceramic tile never goes out of style and is sure to keep your space looking chic and trendy through the years without even having to try.
6. When laying your tile, do use small grout lines. Nowadays you can purchase smaller tile shapes in pre-made sheets which are already attached with a mesh. These are great for laying patterns, and makes keeping your grout lines perfect.
7. Definitely use a coordinating grout for your tile to ensure that your grout does not become the focal point. It’s always recommended to get the opinion of a tile specialist before you make your final selection.
8. Textured tile is always a great option to consider, and can really help to bring life to a dull space. It’s also the easiest way to add in a simple pattern to your tile placement without bringing a lot of distraction.
1. Unless you’ve decided to splurge and create a focal point of aesthetic significance, don’t get too decorative or complicated. Your tile doesn’t have to be the main feature of the space, and is largely there to serve a purpose. Simple, classic colours and designs provide the perfect supporting role to the other design elements around it.
2. When creating a design element, try not to use various types of tile. A natural stone or artisanal tile in a simple layout will go a long way to making sure that the design is becomes the main star, and not the various colours, sheens and shapes of the tile used. And as an added bonus, classic materials and standard sizes are also the most budget friendly.
3. Don’t choose brand over function and durability. Brand names mean nothing if the product is not able to perform its function, making sure you’re choosing your tile based on its proposed purpose and durability. Trust me, your friends and family won’t know the difference anyway.
4. With all the modern advances in tiling, don’t rule out a “wood” or “concrete” look for your kitchen or bathroom. Nowadays you can find porcelain tiles which mimic the aesthetic of concrete and wood. You’ll be impressed by how authentic looking these products can be, and it won’t take you long to discover new and exciting places to put them.