Tile flooring can be a major asset to your home, providing the durable surface that will hold up to daily wear and tear, improving the aesthetic of your household, and even raising the value of your property. But first you have to choose the tile flooring design that is best for your home. Here are a few tips to help you get it right.
- Selecting materials. There are all kinds of options to choose from when it comes to tiling the floors in your home. You could go for the organic beauty of natural stone, like marble, granite, limestone, or slate, just for example. Or you could opt for the easy maintenance of ceramic tile (either porcelain or non-porcelain). Terra cotta tiles are another option. And you might be interested in painted or patterned tiles. There are pros and cons associated with different materials, so you’ll have to consider not only what you find attractive, but also what is most likely to work in your household, complimenting the style of your home and providing the durability you need.
- Tile size. The area you intend to cover will help to determine the size of tiles you’ll use in your design. If you’re covering a large area like a living room, kitchen, or dining room, for example, a large tile (12×12, 16×16, 20×20, and so on) is not only appropriate visually, but it will make covering the area a lot easier. But for a smaller area, such as a bathroom or foyer, large tiles could be overwhelming. Here you might want to select something smaller or even use tile strips.
- Matching existing features. It’s not difficult to find neutral tiles that will go with just about any decor, but you can add some color, pattern, and personal style if you take the time to select the products that go with your decor (including cabinets, counters, and other flooring surfaces – rather than cosmetic decor that can be easily changed, such as paint colors and furniture). You should also try to choose the tiles that match your home as a whole. Even if you like the price point of ceramic tile, for example, it might not be the best idea to put it in a million-dollar home since it could look out of place and even hurt the resale value.
- Practical considerations. It’s all well and good to select tile based on how it looks, but before you plunk down your cash, you need to think about practical concerns like wear and tear, as well as ongoing maintenance. Certain types of tile are going to stand up better to heavy traffic, for example. And some, like natural stone, will require specialized cleaning solvents and repeated sealing to maintain. Think about how much work you want to do before choosing tile for your flooring design.
- DIY versus hiring professionals. When it comes to your flooring project, choosing products from a company like Garden State Tile is only one step. The more important decision is whether you want to design and install the floor yourself or if you want to hire professional help, such as an interior designer or a general contractor. Remember that you’re going to have this flooring for a long time, so it’s important that you do the job right. That said, you can use your creative flair to plan a design for your flooring and even learn how to install it on your own thanks to myriad online tutorials and even classes at the Home Depot.