Choosing the right tile for your home

While building your new home or remodeling it you may come across this dilemma to decide on tiles. In today’s market where one can find more than a few thousand varieties of tiles including the different ones for different areas of the home selecting the right one could be a little tedious and sometimes may seem quite overwhelming. To help with this process, here are certain tips and thumb rules you can follow to narrow down the selection process. In a common man perspective we can differentiate the tiles to a basic few types. Porcelaine, Marbonite, Vitrified etc. But choosing the tiles go into much more details than this. Let’s get into a basic few points of selecting the design perspective and aesthetic perspective of tiles.


Ceramic tiles are available in many designs and in matte, glazed and glossy finishes. They are cheaper than vitrified tiles, and generally used in areas that see less traffic. All ceramic tiles are vitrified to a certain extent. Porcelain tiles are a variety of ceramic tiles. They are also vitrified and stronger than ceramic tiles. Vitrified tiles are ceramic and porcelain tiles that have been subjected to a different burning process. They have a glass protective layer and are stronger and more durable than any other variety. These are the tiles generally used in public spaces. According to experts, bigger tiles do give an illusion of a space, but for the best results, one has to match tiles to room size. If the room is small, and you use large size tiles on the floor, then the room will look even smaller.

If you are looking for something different, experts advise checking out the newer varieties of tiles that imitate the look of animal horn and fish scales tiles. Analyze the functionality of each room, then pick up tiles based on their characteristics. Porch, lobby, balcony, swimming pool and patio or such areas, experts recommend tiles that have natural stone finishes. These are available in multiple shapes, sizes and colors. Also, make sure that the tiles are anti-skid, since these are generally wet areas. Likewise for kitchen more than aesthetics, it is important that tiles stay clean and dry in the kitchen. Go for a clean look and do not opt for glazed tiles in this area. Drawing and dining rooms are areas that usually see a lot of heavy use. Choose abrasion-resistant tiles, whose color, design and surface will not fade even after increased footfalls. What tile you finally use depends on the design and color scheme of your living room and the look you want.

Bedrooms are areas where you want to relax, and they don’t typically see the heavy traffic that the public areas of the house do. Experts advise that you should use colors and tiles that are not too bright but make your bedroom look warm and inviting. Wooden finish and natural stone tiles are a good option.  You don’t need to work hard to maintain tiles, unlike marble, which has to be polished at regular intervals to retain its finish. The only point to consider when using tiles is the grouting though often grouting is considered as a frame for the tiles. Hence choosing the right tile for your home can make the whole scheme seem easier.



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