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How To Choose the Right Tiles

Tiles are a necessity for bathrooms and kitchens, and they can also add value to your home. They are easy to keep clean, and don't trap dirt or dust like carpets do, and don't stain like wallpaper might. They don't work in every room, but where there is a sink or water involved, they are a must do! They work for floors, walls and even ceilings.

Choosing the correct tile types

Tile Style
There are several things that you should take into consideration when buying new tiles. With the range of colours, textures and materials on the market, the choice can be overwhelming. Ideally you should already know the look or aesthetic of the tile before you shop for new ones. This should be easy, as you will probably have an idea of what you want.

Light coloured tiles will make a room look bigger as they are more reflective, whereas a darker tile will create a more dramatic look. In a bathroom, using the same colour tiles on the walls and the floor can make the space look bigger too. You don't have to stick to one type of tile either. You could use smaller mosaics to create a stripe around the middle of the room, which will also create the illusion of the room being bigger. For the floor, a smaller kitchen tile will make the room look bigger.

Types of Tile
There are three main types of tile, ceramic, porcelain and natural stone. Ceramic tiles are hardwearing and can be used almost anywhere, but particularly for the indoors such as bathrooms and kitchens on both the floor and walls. Porcelain tiles are even more hardwearing than ceramic ones, making them suitable for outdoor use as well as indoor.

Natural stone tiles can vary from slate to marble. They may need treating or sealing before use as they are natural materials and are likely to be porous, though hardwearing. Mosaic tile is a fourth type of tile that is commonly used in the home. They can come in a wide variety of different materials from ceramic to seashell, and often come as a sheet of lots of small tiles, which are then cut down to size. They work well when used decoratively or on an uneven or curved surface.

Sure Tile
Check out a wide range of tiles and helpful tiling advice from www.suretile.co.uk and choose the perfect tiles for you.

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