How-to: Choose the right tiles

Modern Decor

The materials, shades and patterns of your tiles can make a big difference to the appearance of a room, and can either provide a focal point or be chosen to complement the existing decor. Before heading off to get your tiles from Tile Depot, check this guide to see what suits the design you have in mind.

Kitchen tiles

Tiles can be placed in a kitchen as a backsplash behind the cooker, on the countertops and are also popular on the floor. Again, glass and porcelain tiles are most appropriate for the walls, particularly around sinks and food preparation areas as they are water-resistant. Ceramic tiles also resist heat, making them ideal for countertops where hot pans may be put down. Designers often go for muted, neutral shades in the kitchen – black and white and terracotta are classic choices, although if your kitchen is a little more lively you may wish to opt for a colourful mosaic. A popular strategy is to use plain white or grey tiles on the walls, then break them up with a band of coloured tiles in a different shape.

Bathroom tiles

Non-porous glass tiles are often a good choice for the bathroom walls – they have a modern, stylish glossy finish that resists staining and the growth of mould. Glass tiles look great arranged in a variety of blues, greens and whites in the bathroom, although there are plenty of colour combinations to choose from. If you decide to use stone tiles in the bathroom, such as marble or limestone, bear in mind that they are less water-resistant and may need sealing to protect against stains. Wall tiles should also not be used on the floor, as they may not be strong enough to resist cracking.

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  1. Roxie Poe

    Mar 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Or, consider working with a clay artist and having something unique and amazing made!

  2. Peter

    Mar 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I like your perspective on tile choice but I would like to add more criteria:
    If we have a small kitchen and a room with low ceilings or with little natural light – choose lighter tiles. It will make the room seem larger.
    In larger kitchens, where the furniture are far apart and we have the impression that the kitchen is empty you may want to choose a darker color of tiles. This configuration will get all kitchen elements together.

    • Adrienne Breaux

      Mar 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Love it! Thank you so much for sharing your tips. Those are great additions to the post.

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