11th, June 2020
It's probably fair to say that the most enjoyable part of decorating your home is browsing showrooms and picking out the big marquee features that will help set you apart from all of your friends and neighbours. Before you can do that, though, you need to get your decor on point - and although tiles can take a little longer to install, they almost always look better than bare walls and floors. With this in mind, here are some of our top tiling tips.
Tiles can be used in spaces of all sizes, but it's important to understand how different layouts and colours can affect the feel of your room - especially when it comes to small bathrooms or kitchens that are already jam-packed with essential appliances.
As a general rule, the smaller your room is the smaller your tiles should be. So if you are looking to spruce up, say for example, a smaller, downstairs bathroom, you should consider a sporadic mosaic pattern instead of going for the larger format tiles.
Those bigger square-style tiles should be reserved for big open-plan kitchens or bathrooms - otherwise they will only serve to amplify how small the space is and at the same time detract from other design features.
Partially tiled walls
It is said that in interior design you should always go big or go home, but if budget is an issue then you can always earmark small sections of your walls to be tiled and leave the remainder bare.
This is particularly effective in cloakroom bathrooms as bare walls can help to create the illusion of a bigger space, but at the same time the space won't be totally bereft of a personal touch and a little colour.
When it comes to patterns, particularly on floors (but this applies to walls too) remember there's no rule that says you have to have completely square tiles perfectly side by side. This is your home - not a hospital.
Staggered or mismatched tiles a little bit harder to install, admittedly, but they can also be much easier on the eye, particularly if used in tandem with an effective but understated colour scheme (black and white is always a winner for bathrooms, but don't be afraid to experiment with light blue and green shades as well).
Practicality must always be in the back (or perhaps front, depending on your circumstances) of one's mind when designing the interior decor of a home, and perhaps no more so than when it comes to the bathroom floor.
Put simply, the tiles you install in your bathroom can't be chosen on the basis of their aesthetics alone - they also need to have plenty of grip for your slippery feet.
That means you should favour matt finishes rather than the glossy ones you often find on bathroom walls. Admittedly this doesn't always look the best - and it is a little harder to clean - but safety should always come first.
Smoother tiles are always going to be easier to clean, so if the prospect of spending hours on your hands and knees scrubbing limestone then perhaps you should think about going for something a little more glossy.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are always very easy to scrub down and they tend not to stain very easily, although the scratches they sustain will be more noticeable than with stone tiles - so you could end up having to pay a little extra in the long run fitting replacements.