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How to choose tiles for your home's interior

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Choosing tiles for your home's interior isnt just about picking your favourite colour. 

There are a lot of things to consider when you're selecting tiles for a home reno, so here are a few expert tips from Shaynna to help with the decision-making.

  • Ceramic vs Porcelain  

The most common, and generally the most available, types of tile are ceramic and porcelain.

Ceramic tiles have a glazed surface are best for walls, or areas that will have very little traffic. Places like kitchen splashbacks are an obvious spot for a ceramic tile.

Porcelain is more dense and durable than ceramic, which means it’s a better material for a floor tile Especially for high-traffic areas like a main entrance.

  • Colour choice

If you’re tiling more than one area of your home, use the same colours to keep a consistent look. And then change up the colours when you want to create a wow-factor.

In the Bass farmhouse, I used the same porcelain tile on the hearth around the fireplace, and on the main entry and bathroom floors.

  • Gloss vs Matt finish 

Another thing to consider is the finish of your tile. A gloss finish gives a sophisticated, high-end feel, and a matt finish gives more of an earthy feel.

A matt finish also has a bit more grip, so it reduces your chances of slipping. 

  • Grout

While not particularly exciting, grout is  still an important design choice to make.

A light grout with dark tiles will help accentuate the style and give it more attention - so choose a contrasting colour if you want your tiles to stand out.

And dark tiles with matching grout will give a seamless appearance to the surface, making the space feel large, and more spacious.

Remember - don’t rush into your decision quickly because you still want it to look good until the next renovation! 

 
 

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