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'Even if the style is still available, the batch will be different and may not match the shade exactly. Remember, if you drop something heavy and crack a tile in a few years time, you may want to change just one tile rather than redoing the whole floor. If you have a few spares in your cellar or attic this will be very easy.'

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Amanda Telford, Marketing Manager at CTD Tiles (opens in new tab), agrees: 'Having spares to hand will cover you for any unexpected repairs or replacements needed in the future, avoiding the need to retile your whole room.'

Tiles come in a vast range of sizes, from 7.5 x 15cm metro bricks to large format 60 x 120cm tiles. Whilst these mean you have the freedom to create your perfect home, picking the wrong size can mean the difference between the success or failure of a project.

Hamish adds: 'Another thing to consider is grout lines as these will make an impact on the final result. The smaller the tile, the more grout lines and this can make the space look busy. If lots of grout lines are unavoidable, consider using a colored grout in a similar shade to the tile to help them flow in more symmetry.'

Hamish explains: 'Ordering either a swatch sample (a small cut of the full tile) or a full tile sample (the best for helping you envisage how it will look in your home), will help you to see the true color, texture and finish on a tile.'

'Handmade encaustic cement tiles will naturally have a slight colour gradient. Using natural dyes, they are rich in color and depth. The cheaper versions on the market are often very flat, and very bright in tone using artificial colors. A better option here would be a ceramic tile which are easier to maintain and more cost effective than a low-priced encaustic cement option.'

'Where you are adding tiles will influence the type of tile you will want to go for,' says Hamish. 'For example, is the tile going to be used externally or internally? If externally, is the material weatherproof and slip resistant? If internally, is the tile suitable for heavy foot traffic, can it be used with underfloor heating, does it need sealing regularly or is it light enough to be used as a wall covering? You might love a product but it's so important to check that a tile will work in the intended space, the last thing you want are cracked tiles or stone that is slippery when laid in an unsuitable area.'

Amanda Telford agrees, saying: 'It's so important to take into consideration the right tile material for floors in high traffic areas such as kitchens, hallways, conservatories and other living areas with high usage and footfall.

'We would always recommend using porcelain tiles over ceramic tiles in these areas. Porcelain tiles are much more hardwearing and capable of withstanding every day, busy living and will last for years. Ceramic tiles are slightly less hardwearing but perfectly suited to any wall application, or low footfall areas with light or barefoot traffic such as small bathrooms or cloakrooms.'

'When choosing the right tiler for your project, consider someone who is experienced in the particular material you have chosen. Whilst porcelain and ceramic tiles are most commonly used, large format, encaustic, glass and natural stone tiles can come with their own set of challenges during fitting.

'Once you receive your order, check that you have all your tiles and that they are in good condition. If you opted for natural stone, please remember there may be some variations in color, tone and natural character which make them so beautiful and unique to each project. We recommend that you shuffle tiles from different boxes so that you have a uniform effect across the whole surface.'

Hamish explains: 'Natural stone, encaustic, crackle glaze and terracotta products will require sealing. Once your tiles are installed, you will need to use an impregnating sealant for protection against fading and staining, such as Stone Essentials Stain Block (or for crackle glaze tiles, a crackle glaze sealant).

'Not only will grout color affect the final project result, picking the wrong colour could also affect and even damage your tiles,' says Hamish. 'We recommend using lighter colored grouts for most products, in particular natural stone, encaustic and terrazzo tiles, rather than black or bright coloured as these can cause staining in the natural pores of the tiles.

'When choosing a grout color, try to match it to the main colour or background colour of your chosen tiles and always ask your retailer for advice on installation, for example we always recommend that Zellige, Bejmat and Terrazzo tiles are installed with little to no gap in between for the best effect.'

  • Tiling the shower all the way to the ceiling can help make the shower feel and look larger and bring a more modern look to the room."}},"@type": "Question","name": "What do you tile first, the walls or the floor?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Typically if you are tiling both areas, you should tile the walls first, and then the floor.","@type": "Question","name": "What colors make a bathroom look larger?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Lighter colors including whites, tans, and light grays can provide the illusion that the bathroom is larger and more open."]}]}] .icon-garden-review-1fill:#b1dede.icon-garden-review-2fill:none;stroke:#01727a;stroke-linecap:round;stroke-linejoin:round > buttonbuttonThe Spruce The Spruce's Instagram The Spruce's TikTok The Spruce's Pinterest The Spruce's Facebook NewslettersClose search formOpen search formSearch DecorRoom Design

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Get daily tips and tricks for making your best home.Subscribe The Spruce's Instagram The Spruce's TikTok The Spruce's Pinterest The Spruce's Facebook About UsNewsletterPress and MediaContact UsEditorial GuidelinesHome Design & DecoratingRoom DesignBathroom DesignHow to Buy Bathroom TileByAnabelle Bernard FournierAnabelle Bernard FournierAnabelle Bernard Fournier is a freelance writer who specializes in home decor and interior design. She's been writing about interiors since 2012 and focuses on bathroom design and personalizing a home.Learn more about The Spruce'sEditorial ProcessUpdated on 05/11/22 Photo & copy: Oceanside TileIn This ArticleExpandBefore You BuyConsiderationsTypesCostHow to ChooseWhere to ShopBack to TopChoosing the right bathroom tile can be a challenge. There are so many different looks and materials, different installation methods, and different characteristics.

While you can get a slab cut into your run-of-the-mill rectangular or square tiles, you can get customized cuts and create show-stopping patterns a la Kelly Wearstler. Seriously, that woman knows her stuff with designing bold and totally un-boring floors (and rooms and restaurants, I could literally go on and on).

This post should be included in interior design and house renovation text books! It is awesome and fully comprehensive. Thank you, Grace.Only one thing that it is important, the smaller the tiles the more expensive it is to put them on the wall and the more skilful the workers have to be.Also, rectified tiles are more expensive to instal.It is very practical to put big tiles in your kitchen with some shine. They are very easy to clean.

There are endless options of tile and it can seem overwhelming when you start shopping for it. However, like any new material for your home, there are helpful tips to consider that will help you figure out what you need so you can pick out the perfect tile.

The best way to start the tile shopping process is to identify the room and where the tile will be installed (floor, wall, shower, etc.), measure the space, select the type of tile, color, pattern and size. Once you figure those out, you should then consider the tile ratings and grades, so you know for sure that it's the best for your space. The final steps, now that you've chosen your favorite style tile, are getting samples and figuring out how much tile to order.

The process for how to buy tile begins with the room itself. Even though tile is a great, strong choice for flooring, different types of tile may work better for your project depending on the location. So, your first consideration should be the specific room that you will be renovating with tile. For instance, if you're doing work on your shower, a textured tile would be better than a smooth tile that gets very slippery when wet. But in a space like your entryway, a textured tile will be harder to clean than a nice smooth tile. For high traffic spaces in your home, a durable porcelain that resists scratching and chipping is a great choice. When it comes to ceramic tile, make sure it's kept indoors since they're more porous than porcelain and won't last very long against the weather - you get the idea. To find out what the best tile is for outdoors, check out our other blog here. 041b061a72


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