Using Large Format Tiles

A lot of designers these days are using larger style tiles in the rooms they create – and for good reason. Naturally, given the pattern they create, they make a space look larger than it is and create a simple sophistication that is less ‘fussy’ than a smaller tile.

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Large format tiles look grander as well, giving the illusion that the entire room looks more expensive, making it a favourite of those who want to achieve a high end look.

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Added to this, they are easier to maintain with fewer grouted joins to clean, creating a contemporary look that’s perfect for high traffic areas.

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So if you’re considering using these kinds of tiles in your next project, there are few things to keep in mind.

Using larger format tiles has it’s own challenges in terms of installation, partially because they require tighter tolerances in the substrate. Simply put, your floor needs to be straighter and flatter than in a smaller tile application. Larger tiles have less room for allowances and so you may need to use a floor levelling compound to allow larger tiles to sit straight. Use a long spirit level or a straight edge and move it over your substrate both horizontally and vertically to ensure a level surface. Where gaps are greater than 5mm, you’ll need to address these before adhering your tile.

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Larger tiles are also heavier which poses another challenge. Always use powder mixed plasters rather than ready-mixed for larger format tiles as the ready mixed need air to dry and the middle of a large tile will not allow enough airflow for it to fully dry and set. The last thing you want is for your beautiful large tile that you just installed coming loose and falling if it’s not properly adhered! So always use powder mixed adhesives to ensure an even dry and a more solid fix.

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Cutting isn’t any more difficult but you will need to accommodate the larger tile on a larger cutting bed which means if you are doing it yourself, you’ll need to account for any extra costs in buying or leasing the correct equipment. Most tilers will have this equipment if you are not doing the work yourself but it’s good to keep in mind if you are going to be handling the installation.

So while larger format tiles certainly look beautiful, it’s important to keep in mind both the advantages and the challenges of using this style in your own home. Is this a look you love? Do you have it in your own home? I’d love to hear from you if so.

You can check out our range of large format tiles here. Of course, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to simply ask us! We’re happy to help.

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.