Used on floors of our homes, in our kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms or around swimming pools, tiles are a familiar presence in our day-to-day lives. But how much do we know about them.
Italcotto aims to provide you with all the relevant information to ensure you make an informed decision and purchase of tiles. It will also give you helpful tips on installation, cleaning and maintenance as well as ideas that combine versatility and safety.
WHAT TO KNOW
CHOOSING YOUR TILES
Choosing tiles for your home renovation project may not seem like a difficult task – until you discover how many types are available. Tile is a relatively low-maintenance alternative to other floor and wall materials, cost-effective considering the life span if correctly installed and well-maintained, and the selection is staggering. Whether you’re looking for classic or modern, indoor or outdoor, or even something that looks like a totally different material altogether (such as wood), you can find a tile to suit your needs. If you’re considering tile, you should know what your choices are. This guide includes info on common tile materials, their uses, and how to keep tile looking brand new, so you can choose the right tile for your home renovation project.
FLOOR TILE COLOUR
You should aim to coordinate your floor tile colour with the entire room, not just the wall tiles. Think about equipment and cupboards in the room, accent colours and work tops. The room scheme may have a style to adhere to or a colour scheme where only certain colours will match. Floor tiles will last for many years so it is best to choose a neutral colour that will stand the test of time. The amount of natural light in your room may determine whether your floor tiles need to reflect light (lighter colours) to make the room feel larger or if a darker colour will suit. A little known fact is that glossy black floor tiles can often show dirt more than lighter coloured floor tiles. Of course glossy back floor tiles look wonderful, but this is a factor you may want to consider.
FLOOR TILE IDEAS JUST FOR YOU
PATTERN AND SIZE OF FLOOR TILE
Floor tiles can be fixed to the floor in a variety of ways, such as standard fixing or brick-bonded/ staggered. As long as you plan your tile fixing anything is possible! There are certain floor tiles that have a variety of sizes and will have a modular pattern to follow for each square metre, for example the Loire floor tile range (shown above) and the Toscano floor tile range (shown below) both available at Tileflair. The size of your floor tile determines how many grout lines are shown on the flooring, and fewer grout lines can create an illusion of more space, which is great for those tight spaces.
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The tile industry has grown dramatically in technology and style, today you can choose from so many different ranges and types of tiles for home. Whether it may be for indoor or outdoor, let us help you choose the perfect style.