Down to the basics:
The first step is deciding what kind of tile you need. For flooring, Vitrified tiles are the best bet since they are durable and can withstand heavy traffic. For walls, you can choose either ceramic or porcelain tiles as they are non-porous or do not absorb stains.
Tiles these days are available in a wide range of sizes. Some popular sizes for floors include 300×600 mm, 600×600 mm, 610×610 mm and 800×800 mm, while wall tiles generally come in sizes of 250x350mm, 300x450mm, and 300x600mm. According to experts, large format tiles lend a more spacious look to space. However, it is advised 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
Choose the right finish:
With digital printing, it is now possible to recreate any pattern on a tile. However, the pattern and design should not be the only deciding factor. It’s important to identify the right finish as well. Glossy tiles look great on walls, while stone finish tiles are ideal for exteriors. For bedrooms, wood finishes are recommended since they lend a warm feel while for bathroom and kitchen walls one can experiment with metallics and mosaics in combination with plain tiles. For living rooms, natural finishes and designs are.
The right colour:
For flooring, it is usually advisable to opt for light colours to create an intimate look indoors. For outdoors one can experiment with darker colours. Light colours make the room look more spacious and airy while dark colours are easier to maintain.
Always purchase an additional 5-10% more tiles than you actually need. This takes care of cuts and breakages should you have any.
Grout it right:
While there was a trend to use contrast grouting at one point, its always advised using a grout that matches the colour of your tile. The focus should be on having thin grout lines and make them as less visible as possible.
Mix and match:
While a single tile laid over an entire surface lends a more consistent and spacious feel, it’s a good idea to experiment with 2-3 tiles to lend your space a personal touch. On floors, one can experiment with borders and a combination of two complementary tiles. For walls, one can use up to three tiles to create a unique and interesting décor. One can mix and match mosaic tiles with medium format tiles, metallic tiles with plain ones, play with patterns on one wall and use plain tiles on the rest and even use contrasting colours for a statement pattern. Many tile manufacturers sell tile concepts which are pre-set tile combinations.
Ability to absorb water:
This is one very important technical detail one needs to know to understand the tile strength. Tiles with less water absorption have a longer life since they are more durable.“Tiles are considered to be an investment for easy maintenance and hygienic living. Make your choice with care.”
Credit: The Tiles of India