Embark on a tile transformation
All you need to know on choosing the right tiles for your space
We know it’s a big decision to start a tiling project, and there’s a lot to think about. But as tiles are a long-term investment, you’ll need to make sure it’s right for you, your style and your home. If you want to make a real feature of your tiles, read on to find out exactly how.
Begin by thinking about the style of your tile, whether this is stone, wood, concrete or plain. Then decide on your colour palette - warm neutrals will add a sense of cosiness to your space, whereas cool grey and blue tones will create a fresh feel in your room. Once you've decided on your style and colour, you can then choose a tile and build your ideas around it. Do you want your room to harmonise in matching neutrals? Or you could opt for a bold, contrasting paint to make the room pop. The opportunities are endless!
There’s so much you can do with tiling beyond plain square or rectangular tiles. Think different textures, shapes, and designs. The style and texture of your chosen tiles will become the foundations of the feel of your room, so make sure you consider carefully. Keep reading to discover some of our favourite styles of tile below.
Next it's time to consider how you're going to lay your tiles. If you're looking for a clean, traditional look, lay your tiles in grid or linear patterns. If you’re up for the challenge, why not go more daring with characterful herringbone or weave patterns? These might take a little more planning but are definitely worth it. If you’re not sure about herringbone and brick bond, here are some handy illustrations to help you know your linear from your block herringbone. For more information on tile patterns, take a look at our comprehensive guide.
Your tiling transformation doesn't stop at the tiles - choosing the right grout is just as important. If you choose small tiles like mosaics, make sure the grout colour blends into the tiles. Too dark or too light will show obvious grid lines which can be a bit too much in a small space. Using a grout colour that matches your tile will open the space and create the illusion of a single surface.
Top tip: make sure that the size of your grout is relative to the size of your tile - so for smaller tiles use a small grout line, and slightly larger tiles a larger grout line.
Lots of lines in a room will make a space feel smaller, so if you have a small room, go for bigger tiles to expand the space and reduce the amount of grout lines. And there’s nothing stopping you from choosing smaller tiles like mosaics, just make sure to follow our grouting tips from the previous section.
The colour palette you choose can create two different atmospheres – opt for light and neutral to create a calm environment and the illusion of space or darker for cosiness and intimacy.