If you’re a trade professional, you’ve likely been asked to recommend tile on a revitalization project, whether in a bathroom, kitchen, or other living space.
The good news is that tile has grown up over the decades, moving past its youth, when all tile seemed to come in just black or white squares. In fact, today’s tile floors can offer a wealth of artistic opportunities for visionary interior designers and creative contractors. The key to working tile into a design is understanding the possibilities.
The Many Faces Of Tile
Getting a quick education on tile requires taking a step back to recognize the wide array of choices on the market. For instance, tile doesn’t just come in ceramic squares or rectangles. Today, tile can be made into just about any shape (from baroque to arabesque and more), derived from natural and man-made materials cut into any number of shapes. At your nearest ProSource Wholesale showroom, you’re just as likely to see octagon-shaped porcelain tile as you are tiny diamond tiles made of glass or stone.
And its versatility doesn’t stop at shape and material: Tile is also available in an abundance of colors and patterns, from solid to multicolored. Additionally, the size of tile varies greatly, from small mosaics to long planks — even more accommodating for the home project of your dreams.
With great variety comes great versatility. However, it’s important to note that each type of tile has a particular use. For example, mosaic glass tiles are best suited for backsplashes and do not belong underfoot. Similarly, a larger slate tile may be ill-fitted for a small space. As you examine samples, concentrate on their best uses rather than trying to fit a beautiful marble tile in a place it doesn’t belong. Your objective isn’t to just pick an attractive tile product; it’s also to pick one that makes your design sing. It’s important, too, to consider best tile placement. The good news is that it’s functional just about anywhere — on floors, walls, trim, or as surrounding surfaces (like curtaining tubs and fireplaces).
From glossy and shiny blues and greens to textured pebbles and stones, tile absolutely runs the gamut. From classy to eclectic to downright fun, tile is a transformative option for any budget. More often than not, your biggest question to your clients isn’t whether they really want to use tile; it’s which type of tile works with their dream outcome.
When To Take Advantage Of Tile
Obviously, tile is a classic material that can be found in the majority of homes, regardless of decor. Well-maintained and beautifully installed tile can increase a home’s value, especially if it perfectly fits the space and ambiance of a room.
But in most cases, tile is relegated to revitalization projects located in areas with water contact. Although a homeowner might ask you to install a fireplace surrounded by tile, it’s unlikely you’ll place a tile floor in a bedroom or den. Generally speaking, tile has its place in high-traffic areas where people expect to spend a lot of time but prefer not to have carpets or hardwood floors.
Of course, you may find yourself laying tile in an unusual location, especially if a homeowner absolutely insists upon a tile parquet floor in an expansive living or dining room. Just make sure the product you use matches the needs of the room. For example, if you install tile floor in a location featuring heavy furniture — like a large table, buffet, and hutch — you’ll need the floor to be durable. In this case, a sturdy tile material may initially be more expensive but ultimately a more practical choice.
Tile Floors Go The Distance
At your next project discussion with clients, bring up the topic of tile floors as an alternative to installing hardwood planks or laying carpet. Then, use the ProSource online product catalog to explore the practically endless tile flooring selections available to wow your clients and to woo new ones.
Large Format Bathroom Tile Helps Create A Spa-Like Shower | Photo by Emser
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