How to Choose the Right Tile

With so many options of materials and styles to choose from, it may be baffling to know which direction to go in terms of your own kitchen or bathroom remodel. The tile options can be overwhelming and once we decide on a tile type, the question of the best adhesive and grouts come into play.

At the end of the day, we want to make sure this investment in our home is grounded in the knowledge that the products we choose are the best for our homes and our lifestyles. We want to know that each element is fit for purpose and will stand the test of time.

Well, we’re going to make it easier for you to untangle the wealth of information that’s out there.

In this first part, we’ll discuss choosing the right tile and then we’ll be discussing choosing the right adhesive and grout for your project in separate posts.

How to choose the right Tile

Choosing Your Tile

Consider what might work best for the style of your home and your personal aesthetic. A traditional stone may look fantastic in an older property while a glazed ceramic might look right at home in a more contemporary setting. Or you may want to create a juxtaposition of styles by purposely choosing materials which contrast to their surroundings. Your own style and personality will really determine what tiles are best for you.

Ceramic

  • Perfect for every day home use (ensure that the tile is suitable for the floor before installation as not all ceramics are suitable for wall and floor).
  • Easy to clean and maintain.
  • Modern technology means that there are endless designs.
  • Starting price point, ensuring value for money.
  • Easy to work with and cut.

Porcelain (Matt)

  • Hard wearing ideal for floors, making it perfect for high traffic areas.
  • Requires little or no maintenance.
  • Often has anti-slip properties.
  • Can be used outdoors.
  • Requires little or no maintenance.
  • Available in larger sizes, ideal for larger rooms.
  • Moisture and stain resistant.
  • Often comes with a clean rectified edge.

Porcelain (Polished)

  • Hard wearing ideal for floors, perfect for high traffic areas.
  • Elegant Designs.
  • Requires little or no maintenance.
  • Polished surface reflects light.
  • Available in larger sizes, making it ideal for larger rooms.
  • Resistant to moisture and stains.
  • Often comes with a clean rectified edge.

Natural Stone

  • Actual stone so looks beautifully authentic.
  • Products such as Travertine are often rustic in appearance, providing an aged look.
  • Hard wearing, but does require some maintenance, such as sealing.
  • Marbles provide a very elegant and stylish look.

Glass Mosaic

  • Vibrant colours available so great to add a splash of colour and/or texture.
  • Flexibility allows individual designs to be created.
  • Reflects light.
  • Inexpensive way to personalise a room i.e. 3-4 sheets can be cut into borders, accent panels or vertical strips.

We hope this guide has been helpful but of course, our experts are always on hand to help with any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us if there is still any doubt which tile you should choose.

If you’ve chosen your tiles and you are wondering about your options in terms of the correct grout and adhesives to use, then see our How to Choose the Right Grout and How to Choose the Right Adhesive guides.

 

As a multi-award winning interior design content creator, Kimberly Duran is an Interior Design-obsessed American ex-pat, who chronicles her decorating journey and dispenses interior design advice in her personal blog, Swoon Worthy. When she’s not helplessly drooling over all the latest trends in design, she’s adding things to the imaginary ‘shopping basket’ in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects with her partner in crime, Wayne, stalking eBay for vintage bargains and filling her home with her favourite neutral – gold.