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8 tips for selecting tiles

If you would like to make an informed decision when it comes to selecting tiles for your space, here are a few tips to help you. With the plethora of options available in the market, it’s

If you would like to make an informed decision when it comes to selecting tiles for your space, here are a few tips to help you.

With the plethora of options available in the market, it’s a challenge to choose the right tile for the right space. Popular tile brands in the market include Somany Ceramics, Kajaria Tiles, Nitco, Johnson Tiles, and Asian Granito. Each of these has thousands of options in various categories for both wall and floor tiles. There are vitrified tiles, ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles, cement tiles, quartz, stone and even glass tiles available, making decision making a huge challenge. To help you out we’ve outlined a few tips to help you select the right tile for your space:

1. Down to the basics

Tiles Selection
The first step is deciding what kind of tile you need. For flooring, Vitrified tiles are the best bet since they are durable and can withstand heavy traffic. For walls, you can choose either ceramic or porcelain tiles as they are non-porous or do not absorb stains. For outdoors it’s best to opt for either matt finish or anti-skid tiles to avoid slips.

2. Size-it-up

Tiles these days are available in a wide range of sizes. Some popular sizes for floors include 300×600 mm, 600×600 mm, 610×610 mm and 800×800 mm, while wall tiles generally come in sizes of 250x350mm, 300x450mm, and 300x600mm. According to experts, large format tiles lend a more spacious look to space. However, it is advised to match tiles to room size. If the room is small, and you use large size tiles on the floor, then the room will look even smaller. For such a room, it is recommended to go for medium format size tiles like 250×350 mm. Also, it’s a good idea to opt for the size that entails a minimal amount of cutting and wastage. Example: If you have a room that is 6×5 ft, then pick a tile that is a multiple of the size of the room.

3. Choose the right finish


With digital printing, it is now possible to recreate any pattern on a tile. However, the pattern and design should not be the only deciding factor. It’s important to identify the right finish as well. Glossy tiles look great on walls, while stone finish tiles are ideal for exteriors. For bedrooms, wood finishes are recommended since they lend a warm feel while for bathroom and kitchen walls one can experiment with metallics and mosaics in combination with plain tiles. For living rooms, natural finishes and designs are recommended while for restaurants its advised to look for anti-skid, high resistance vitrified tiles with a pattern or a design that suits the déco.

4. The right colour

For flooring, it is usually advisable to opt for light colours to create an intimate look indoors. For outdoors one can experiment with darker colours. Light colours make the room look more spacious and airy while dark colours are easier to maintain.

5. Plan ahead

Always purchase an additional 5-10% more tiles than you actually need. This takes care of cuts and breakages should you have any. Most companies will offer a refund on unused boxes of tiles.

6. Grout it right

While there was a trend to use contrast grouting at one point, its always advised using a grout that matches the colour of your tile. The focus should be on having thin grout lines and make them as less visible as possible.

7. Mix and match

While a single tile laid over an entire surface lends a more consistent and spacious feel, it’s a good idea to experiment with 2-3 tiles to lend your space a personal touch. On floors, one can experiment with borders and a combination of two complementary tiles. For walls, one can use up to three tiles to create a unique and interesting décor. One can mix and match mosaic tiles with medium format tiles, metallic tiles with plain ones, play with patterns on one wall and use plain tiles on the rest and even use contrasting colours for a statement pattern. Many tile manufacturers sell tile concepts which are pre-set tile combinations.

8. Ability to absorb water

Less Water Absorbing Tiles

This is one very important technical detail one needs to know to understand the tile strength. Tiles with less water absorption have a longer life since they are more durable.“Tiles are considered to be an investment for easy maintenance and hygienic living. Make your choice with care.”

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  • Kumar Prashirsh October 14, 2017

    Rightly said, recommended size, shade, finish must be used and heigiene is a plus which favors tile flooring.
    I have also written quite bite interesting article on essentials how to choose tile. I invite you to read my blog.

    • Praveen November 2, 2018

      Is it a good idea to use Wooden colour tiles across the house i am talking about grey or light creamish colour does it look good or its totally out of sync with the trend .

      Also it that durable

    • vinay June 23, 2020

      Ok..i want to read

    • Shivaji Ghuge September 14, 2020

      Very important information given. One can understand to choose tiles himself with satisfied

    • LaVenture March 19, 2021

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  • Vikas verma February 18, 2018

    Gud matter, but need more matter about tiles

    • Kathy karlas August 28, 2019

      Can you butt up tile right next to each other and have just a small amount of grout

  • rishi verma February 21, 2018

    Nice article.superb.

  • JosephFoexy February 22, 2018

    Whoa! This is by far the most helpful thing on the matter I have ever come across. Thank you for your hard work.

  • Abhilasha March 25, 2018

    I m confused between tiles n marbles .its fear of sleeping n want only white colour of flooring pls suggest

    • Ashish August 19, 2018

      White color can highlight the dirt and needs more care. I was also thinkingnof white in my new house still confuse between tile and marbel. Kindly suggest me too Abhilasha if you got the answer. Thank you 🙂

  • D.P.Arora April 3, 2018

    Thanks ,very useful &nice information Kindly explain what is verified tile

  • Kengem August 26, 2018

    Good info but what is the meaning of vitrified tiles?

  • Cosmo Floor September 24, 2018

    A very useful information and I totally agree to it but after going through these valuable tips if you are going to hire a less experienced company then definitely you will be in struggle so you need to think twice before choosing your supplier and how long they have been serving their customers in the market

  • sumit verma September 25, 2018

    Thanks for sharing the information. I have a doubt which one is better marbles or tile.

  • Radhika Vyas October 2, 2018

    Great Tips for select tiles. You have added all details in the blog. So, I can add this blog in my bookmark. Next time we can select best tiles for my Home. Really, Impressive blog. Thanks for sharing this blog.

  • Nipun October 21, 2018

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  • sneha dutta January 16, 2019

    the best method to choose your house tiles design is that first of all you should choose a premium design which makes your house looking attractive like you should choose some of the pleasant like cream white, a brown white idea should be like color combination.

  • Pioneer Bricks January 21, 2019

    Very informative post with great tips guidence.

  • Uma Prasad February 22, 2019

    Hi,
    I have read the above blog post, as per my knowledge Top 10 TILES COMPANIES IN INDIA have https://viterotiles.com is also one of the Largest Tile manufacturers of Vitrified Tiles in India.

  • Ganesh Iyer March 13, 2019

    I’m stuck in a dilemma of choosing high gloss tiles over the normal gloss tiles.the high gloss ones have a 3D right effect and light reflections look distorted..any suggestions

  • Lavish March 25, 2019

    Hello,
    Nice information about tiles

  • Akanksha March 28, 2019

    How will we get to know whether the quality of tiles is original and good or not of good one?

  • Salifu June 23, 2019

    I want selected tiles for a complete house

  • Tanaju July 21, 2019

    The last and very important point 8: which type of tile aborbs less water?

  • Bella July 25, 2019

    A very good article about paver blocks.

    Thank you, team.

  • stonecladdingkerala July 29, 2019

    Excellent Information Provided. Bookmarked And Subscribed Site For Future Updates.

  • Chandrasekhar August 5, 2019

    For cost wise if we go for local brands like Gujarat.tiles. Any complaint is there? F

  • Anupam Verma September 26, 2019

    Thank you for sharing such a nice blog. It’s really impressive. I appreciate your intelligence and knowledge. This blog is really beneficial for many of us. If you are looking for the best Tile company in India the visit: https://www.kajariaceramics.com/

  • Rahul October 23, 2019

    Thanks for sharing such useful tips.

  • hussain October 25, 2019

    my house is 10X32, which type and color of tiles are suitable for flooring

  • meeta sinha January 31, 2020

    Very useful informatio. Thanks.

  • Vihaan Shah February 24, 2020

    Hello,
    I read this blog. very helpful information mansion in this blog. Please keep sharing such great information for interior & exterior tile.

  • Ashok Lochab March 2, 2020

    Please give the advise on life of floor tiles / wall tiles

  • Alicante Quartz April 22, 2020

    Very informative post, appreciate the work. Keep up the good work.

  • Siva April 28, 2020

    Very good information to buyer
    Can i know life of vitrified tiles?

    • tti May 21, 2020

      The life of Vitrified Tile is long but still varies from brand to brand and origin. So our conservative answer would be 12-20 years.

  • joshua wienholt June 20, 2020

    Great and very informative tips you have shared here when selecting tiles.

  • Ontwerper July 23, 2020

    There are different flooring options hardwood, laminate, vinyl, tile flooring etc. And if you select tile flooring then it is the best option. But as there are different tile flooring options from that you have to select best tile flooring. For this you have to select size of the material, select the right finish, right color etc. I liked when you mentioned how you should take the time to consider the foot traffic of a room before choosing the best type of floor for your needs. It is important to remember that doing some research and assessing your own needs can help you find the best floor for your home. We are planning on replacing our carpet and want to find the best type of floor that can serve our purposes and last, so I ll keep your tips in mind as we choose the best floor.

  • granitess July 31, 2020

    Thanks for giving detailed information about Tiles. You can also visit granitess.com

  • Mark Rupert August 10, 2020

    I would say that the most time-consuming part of this is choosing the right finish especially if you and your partner don’t agree with the selections you’ve made. It’s fun though conversing and sharing thoughts.

  • Habib August 23, 2020

    Thanks for the article. Can anyone help me with Vitrified tiles?

  • home floors August 29, 2020

    Nice tips for selecting tiles. I find that this post have nice content and it can be framed much well.

  • Pioneer Bricks September 27, 2020

    Really Helpful ! Lot of information that was needed.

  • Jitendra October 20, 2020

    Informative Post, thanks for sharing it.

  • Modulo Ceramics November 11, 2020

    Good Informative article

  • house cleaners Toowoomba February 3, 2021

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  • cleaner Bendigo February 4, 2021

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  • Krunal Rajput April 10, 2021

    Thanks for sharing it.

  • Stewen April 22, 2021

    Its very good tips. Everybody think about it before selecting tiles for your home or office. I also recommended it to my clients.

  • HemithTiles May 2, 2021

    Nice information. You answer the most important question about tiles. Recently i notice that people are using porcelain ( Vitrified ) Tiles in wall instead of traditionally wall tiles. So what you suggest what is best for wall like kitchen or bathroom? I think traditionally wall is more good because it has punch effect you can feel it.

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