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All About Tiles

Tiles sure have come a long way!

With so many looks, textures and materials, there is definitely a tile out there to suit your needs.

But all that variety can also make it harder to know what to choose.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a breakdown to help you when deciding on tile for your next home renovation project.

BETTER LEFT TO THE PROFESSIONALS…

Some tile materials are going to be too complicated, finicky or time consuming to do yourself. These include concrete, marble and slate. Some things you should think about when deciding between these are:

Marble – Best for Backsplash Areas

Marble tiles are some of the most beautiful and are like snowflakes in that no two are exactly the same. They create a stunning look, but they can be damaged easily and require  maintenance to keep them looking their best.

Slate – Best for Floors

Slate tiles are quite nice in their own right with a natural, earthy feel. They also can last quite a long time; however, they are a softer material so do have a tendency to split and must be sealed.

IF YOU’RE READY TO DIY…

If you want to try your hand at laying tile yourself, it’s best to stick with ceramic or porcelain. Here are some things to consider when deciding between these two:

Ceramic – All Purpose!

Ceramic tiles are a fantastic option for just about anywhere you want to have tile and offers a wide range of design possibilities.  They’re also tough and tend to be resistant to stains and water.

Porcelain – All Purpose!

Porcelain tile is actually a subtype of ceramic, that has been baked at a higher temperature, making it more durable. It’s high quality and durability makes it popular but if you’re installing it yourself, be sure you get the proper compound for setting it!  It’s a common mistake that can lead to big headaches!

Weighing all the features, benefits, pros and cons… ceramic tiles are the winner for us in almost all of our design projects. They work well just about anywhere and are a cost-effective way to update your space and make an impact!

COLOUR & STYLE…

Once you’ve made the decision on the type of tile you want to use, the next decision becomes what colour and style – another choice with a TON of options!

If you’re unsure, white and other neutrals will always be a safe bet.  But we love colour here at Volumes of Space Inc., so we also like to look at what’s trending to gain some inspiration for our clients and this year, it’s all about those spring-like tones!  Benjamin Moore announced their colour of the year for 2022 is October Mist CC-550, a gently shaded sage green.  And the other colours in the palette all share spring-time vibes that would work no matter what time of year as they are classic, light and not too bold. Colours range from other light greens to brown earthy tones and even a nice dusty rose-pink.  If you love colour, you can’t go wrong with these picks as they won’t quickly go out style and you won’t be sick of them in a year or two.

And if you want to make a statement try using patterned tiles as an accent! We love them in powder rooms, laundry rooms and back splashes. They’re an easy way to leave a lasting impression.

If you’re looking for more tile help, our friends at www.cermicdecor.com are a great source. Head to their website for even more tile information, including helpful installation guides. In store you can get their expert advice and check out the vast array of beautiful options available so you can get exactly what you’re looking for to create the space of your dreams.