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5 Top Tips for Choosing Tiles

Ceramic Tile WarehouseWhen you're in the middle of a DIY project or renovation which involves tiling, you'll come to a stage whereby you'll need to start thinking about the types of tiles you want to use.  If you like to gather inspiration and ideas from the internet and interior decor magazines, you're bound to come across hundreds of articles offering you advice on how to actually go about tiling, but probably not too many on how to choose your tiles in the first place. That's where a trip to a tile warehouse will come into its own: many, such as the Ceramic Tile Warehouse, Camberley, have a huge range of tiles in stock at any given time, so you can get a full quota of ideas from the off.  In the meantime, if you're in the researching stage, read on for some top tips on how to choose tiles:

 

1.    Experimentation

If you can, take samples from the store. If there's a small charge for taking a sample, it's well worth paying it in order to take home the tiles you're thinking of and check out what they would look like in the environment they're intended for. Don't be afraid to experiment at this stage: take a range of tiles which you might not otherwise have chosen, as you may just be surprised at the outcome!  Visiting a tile warehouse will offer you the full range of tiles available for your project, so take the time to seek out a variety of styles.

2.    Colour

Colour should be a big consideration in any renovation project.  As with paint and wallpaper colours, use the simple rule that light colours will open up a space, whereas dark colours have the potential to make a space warmer and cosier.  Think about the natural light in the room and how your chosen tile colours will affect this.  And don't forget the grout, either!  Using a complementing or contrasting grout is a great way of bringing your tiles to life; you'll find all the grout colours you could possibly need, too, with a visit to the Ceramic Tile Warehouse, Surrey.

3.    Planning

Once you've got an idea in mind of the sort of tile you'd like, take the time to work out where cut tiles will fit at awkward points in the room.  There are two ways of doing this: for patterned tiles, use the 'fold' method, which involves imagining the tile is made of paper and it folds around a corner to create continuity; this method is better when using patterned tiles.  For non-patterned tiles, you can use the 'short tile' method, which is where an abrupt cut and finish can be used in difficult spaces within the room.  Once you've decided on what finish will work best in your chosen space, you can then revisit your tile warehouse and decide upon patterned or non-patterned tiles.

4.    Suitability

Don't forget that you'll also need to ascertain the suitability of your tiles; if you're picking floor tiles, make sure you check that the floor tile wear rating is suitable for your intended area.  Similarly, do you need ceramic, porcelain or natural stone tiles?  All of these options are available at the Ceramic Tile Warehouse, Camberley, but you'll need to check with them that you can use your intended tile in the area you have planned; for example, some types of natural stone, such as Travertine, are good all-rounders, but others take a lot of care and maintenance.

5.    Finish

And now for the fun part!  Once you've picked your tiles, why not go for a complementing or contrasting border or inlay?  With over one million in-stock tiles available at the Ceramic Tile Warehouse, you'll be spoilt for choice!

Choose tiles to your heart's content at the Art of Living

If you're still not sure what type of tiles will suit your needs, take a trip to the Art of Living: with over one million tiles in stock at any given time at the Ceramic Tile Warehouse, and many more natural stone tiles available at the Stone Gallery, you'll have plenty to choose from.  What's more, why not pick complementing units at Park Street Interiors, also part of the Art of Living group, while you're at it?  Having everything in one place will make the decision process that much simpler!

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