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Do’s and Don’ts When Choosing Tiles

Whether you it is a new build or a renovation, choosing tiles can be both exciting and daunting.  Tiles create a backdrop for the rest of the furniture and décor. Choosing the right tile for the job is the most important.  Lifestyle Ceramics has helped thousands of customers choose the best and most beautiful tiles for their homes.  Through this experience, we have compiled a list of “do’s and don’ts” to consider when choosing tiles.

DO’S

Consider your lifestyle and needs: Before thinking of colour and design, the first and most important thing to consider is your needs and lifestyle.  Often people choose a tile based on the look without considering if it is the appropriate tile for the purpose, for example, choosing a high gloss tile in a high-traffic area which may be prone to scratching or other wear and tear.  Consult an expert for the best tile for your needs to ensure it looks good, is safe and will last.

Get samples: It is impossible to guess exactly how a tile will look once it is installed, however getting samples will give you an idea of whether it is the right choice, particularly if you have existing tiles or a variety of finishes that you are working with.  Placing them within the space where they are to be used will help to help you make an informed choice.  Lifestyle Ceramics also offers a 3D design tile service which allows you to see how your choice of tiles will look.

Choose the right tiles for the job: Not only does this refer to whether you choose porcelain, ceramic or natural stones – it is also about making sure you choose a tile that is suitable for the surface.  Floor tiles can be used on walls, but wall tiles cannot be used the other way around. Wall tiles are much more porous, making them more fragile than floor tiles. If you are tiling a floor, make sure that the gorgeous tile you just fell in love with is not a wall tile.

About the grout: When it comes to grout, there are two things to look out for: the first being colour: a contrasting grout will emphasise lines and the design, while a grout in a complementary colour will give a subtle effect.

Choose the right size tile: Make sure the choice of tile complements the size of the room: small tiles for smaller areas, and large tiles for larger areas. Larger spaces, like open-plan living areas, look good with large format tiles. Smaller areas, like a guest loo or backsplash, will look better with smaller tiles.

DON’TS

Don’t use too many different tiles:Try not to use too many different types of tiles – it can look messy and create a ‘blocky’ effect. A natural stone or artisanal tile in a simple layout is always a good option and adds to the longevity of the look guaranteeing it will remain fashionable for a longer period. A bonus is that classic looks and standard sizes are the most budget-friendly.

Don’t order too few tiles:

Consult your contractor and double-check your quantities before ordering.  When calculating how many tiles you need, take into account how the tiles are going to be laid – any patterns on the tiles or special layout may use extra tiles. Also account for breakages and variation in pattern or colour.  Our staff at Lifestyle Ceramics are well-trained and will be able to help you calculate quantities.

Don’t choose price over quality:Purchasing a lower cost but inferior product may save you money initially, however it will inevitably cost more in the long run as they will need to be replaced sooner. There are also likely to be more breakages when laying these tiles, which will cost more in the long run. Choose quality tiles from premium brands such as Versace, Venis, Roberto Cavalli, Supergres, Italgraniti, Peronda, and Fap, all of which are stocked at Lifestyle Ceramics.

 

Lifestyle Ceramics stocks a wide range of tiles, sanware and bathroom accessories from leading global suppliers. Our professionally trained consultants will be able to assist you in making the best choice for your needs.

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