Choosing tile can be an important investment, both in terms of time and money. This task can be particularly difficult if you are trying to select tiles for a large room. For many, it is difficult to find tiles that not only makes the room look proportionate, but also creates the desired environment for space. To select the best tile for a large room, consider factors such as tile size, subfloor condition, installation requirements and cost.
- Think about the size of the tile. Smaller tiles tend to look too busy in a large room. Collect large tiles that help create a balanced, proportional appearance.
- Consider traffic levels. While own tile is usually easy to maintain, the grout lines between the tiles are easily stained. If you use larger tiles, you will have a smaller number of grout lines to keep clean, which can greatly reduce maintenance requirements.
- Revision installation requirements. Installation costs are usually referenced with the number of hours it takes to complete the job. Due to the time involved in installing small tiles, they may not be the most efficient choice for large rooms. Larger tiles will have less time to install and can help reduce installation costs.
- Comparison of different design options. Tiles are available in many shapes, designs and textures. Consider combining different types of tiles to break a large room into smaller sections. This can give each area of the room more definition and can be achieved using borders and patterns inside your tiled floor.
- Check the condition of the subfloor. Larger tiles require a very level and even subsoil, while the smaller tiles are more tolerant of subfloor imperfections. If your floor is quite uneven, consider using smaller tiles to minimize cracks and maintenance.
- Determine the best color for your tile. Look for a color that complements your existing decor and also helps to contribute to the mood and tone of the room. Keep in mind that darker colors can hide dirt and can make a room feel warmer, while light colors can brighten a room, but are usually more difficult to clean.