Choosing tile for your next home project can be a challenge. There are plenty of options out there when it comes to tile and grout that it can be overwhelming. But take a breath, take your time, and keep some of these simple tips in mind.
Porcelain vs. Non-Porcelain Ceramic
Making the choice between porcelain, non-porcelain ceramics, and natural tiles can be a tough one. The main question to ask yourself is what will this tile be used for. Porcelain tiles are durable as they are made from pressed porcelain clay types, making them very dense and resilient. Non-porcelain ceramics are made from other clay types and they fired in a kiln. They vary in durability ranging from no-foot traffic, which is perfect for decorative uses, to light to moderate foot traffic. Some non-porcelain ceramics will be more affordable but it really just depends what you want to do with it. Natural tile is also a great option. Slate, marble, and granite are just a few examples of natural tile options. Each come with unique characteristics and a unique look so make sure to do your homework if you’re set on natural stone.
Color is an essential part of picking out tile. You’ll want to pick colors that flatter the space and compliment other colors like wall paints. A few simple rules are that lighter colors make a small space look larger while darker colors can add warmth. Neutrals can go well with anything and you can use accessories to add color. Also, match warm colors with other warm colors and cool colors with other cool colors. Don’t forget that there are now a lot of different grout colors to choose from. Consider veering away from white as it can be exceptionally hard to clean and picking a grout that compliments your tile choice.
Size may not matter in everything but when it comes to picking tile, choosing the right size for your space is important. Tile comes in everything from mozaic size tile to large blocks. When choosing a tile size consider what the tile will be used for. Smaller tile is great for decoration while larger tile can be great for floors. Consider what the grout pattern will look like and how easy it may or may not be to clean. See if you can borrow samples to get an idea of what different tile sizes look like in your space.