Tile flooring can be a nice addition to your kitchen, bathrooms, and other rooms in your house. It looks elegant, and is often more durable than hardwood floors (especially in wet rooms like kitchen and bathrooms), and adds a polished look to your decor. The following tips will help you determine the types of tile you may want to consider in your home.
On Tile Durability
The tile industry has a rating system for ceramic tiles from Class 1 to Class 5 with 5 being the more durable and least resistant to scratching. Class 2 and above is usually acceptable for home use. Class 3 and above is for especially high traffic areas in the home and for commercial use.
Because natural stone tile is, well, natural, it does not follow the same rating scale as man-made tiles. Stone can be and often is extremely strong and durable, and could last centuries. A professional tile consultant can help you determine the best natural stone for your needs if you choose a natural flooring option.
Tile comes in a wide variety of sizes from tiny mosiac pieces to giant slabs. The size you choose will depend on which room in which you want it, and your personal style. Recent trends are toward larger tiles for flooring and for wall decor, but it’s entirely up to you!
- Like size, color is a completely personal design choice. Important tips to remember regarding color:
- Lighter colors make your space look bigger.
- Darker colors hide dirt better.
- Darker colors add warmth to the space.
- Neutral colors are more versatile for your changing style and accessories.
- Trendy colors allow you to show your personality.
The important aspect of texture is that the more the texture, the less the slippage. So, in kitchens and bathrooms, a textured floor will be a safer option, unless you have plenty of rugs to compensate.