Monday, April 12, 2010

Tiles -Suggestions

A few days ago, I showed you many inspirational images on bathroom tiling. I hope they work for you, or at least inspire you.

If you're tiling, or considering tiling, here are a few words of advice for you, from my personal experience:

Consider Your Space Size
As inspiring as they may be, rooms in magazines, catalogs, and showrooms are created to shine. Most of them are large spaces, or they have enough light to make the tiles look great. If your space is small, try using light colors to make it look bigger. This is especially true in powder rooms. If you want to try with a contrasting color, I'd suggest you do it on one wall but not the whole room.

Is it a long-term / short-term investment
Unlike wall-paper, tile is more lasting. Sure you can bring it down and tile again (or paint, or wall-paper, you know what I mean), but be honest to yourself: how long are you willing to have it at home? Is it a timeless tile, or just a fashion? If you think the color or pattern in a tile might get you tired, then it's probably not the best choice. Look for balance: modern and classic works best when tiling.

A Few Words on Floors
Most sales people won't tell you, but there are good floor tiles and bad floor tiles. Trust me, you don't want to mess around with the bad ones. When you're looking for a floor tile, look closely and touch. Smooth isn't enough. Some tiles are apparently smooth, but they have some kind of "pores" (just like the one's on your skin). Beware! Those are the worst tiles. The pores make the floor get really dirty with EVERYTHING. Learn from my mistake. There may be gorgeous floors, but if they have the pores, turn away!

Tips When Visiting Tile Stores
When going to the shops, try asking for less expensive options and talk about your budget. This will help the sales people to give you good advice. There are many gorgeous and budget-friendly options. 

Remember: look for materials that express your style and personality.


1 comment:

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Lots of good points to consider! I agree about some tiles being horrible, we had some bad ones on a shower floor in one of our houses and WOW, no way to get those clean. Maybe we could have sealed them but by the time we realized it, it was too late. It pays to be careful and make a wise choice, tile is not something you want to rip out and start over with regularly!