Tiles are, of course, a brilliant and easy way to completely re-invent a wall or floor. Why bother with any other type of flooring when they fade, chip and peel. Tiles last a lifetime. In fact, because tiles are so long-lasting, they also help to improve the value of your home. Long gone are the days where tiles were plain, square and boring. Now, there are thousands of different designs. From wood effect, through to captivating geometric décor tiles. This month we will show you our current favourite kitchen floor tiles and hopefully lend you a hand with the everlasting struggle to decide what exactly it is you want.
Without a doubt, one of the main trends in interior design over the past few years has been for large format tiles.
And large format tiles are the perfect floor covering for these glossy kitchens and sleek entertaining spaces where a more modern design scheme is needed. Their size gives them a certain sophisticated touch and gravitas that smaller tiles just can’t compete with. Many large tiles will have rectified edges – straight polished sides – so you can lay tiles closer together for a more seamless finish.
We’re not blessed with space in the UK and likewise, our homes are often smaller when compared to houses abroad. However, design can play a huge part here and it’s well known that clean lines can help increase the feeling of space in a smaller room. Laying larger tiles is a great way to achieve this as they result in fewer grout joints to distract the eye when you enter a room.
With the advent of new inkjet printing technology, porcelain tiles have never looked so good. If you take a look in our showrooms or browse our website you’ll see wall and floor tiles inspired by rich exotic woods, luxury polished marbles and understated natural stones.
But how often do you see short wood planks or dimensionally challenged stone slabs? Not often. So, the larger the porcelain imitation, the more realistic the final finish. Some porcelain tile planks come over 120 cm long and when laid, they’re virtually indistinguishable to the real deal.
Porcelain tiles are great as they’re pretty low maintenance. And let’s face it, few of us enjoy getting out the scrubbing brush at the weekend.
But of course, there’s always the grout joints that need a little looking after. Fortunately, as the size of tiles increases, the amount of grout joints falls so there’s less grout to look after. Therefore, larger tiles mean less maintenance and more free time. The humble grout line however, is sometime seen as a necessary evil when really, this couldn’t be further from the case. Grout lines allow tiles to move ever so slightly, meaning the chance of tiles cracking is dramatically reduced and they also provide a barrier to water and dirt getting into the gap between the tiles. Not only this, but grout lines are integral to the overall design of your room and savvy interior designers use this to create maximum impact on smaller budgets.
I think the amount of choice when it comes to tiles is a great thing. It’s a sign of an industry in great health. And if you’ll excuse the pun, extra-large tiles are a massive part of that. They’re just another part of a tile world that has always offered something for everyone. And that’s what matters to us.