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AMBASSADOR TIPS: TILE SELECTION

The next step in your custom home design process is tile selection.

 

The perfect flooring is essential for a new home. The definition of “ideal” can vary from one person to another and from room to room. There are many options that allow you to find the perfect combination of style and function for your home. Tile has always been the preferred choice when it comes to bathroom and kitchen flooring (and other rooms within certain homes). 

This guide is intended to help you plan your dream flooring. This guide includes tips, tricks, and advice from our Perth custom builders and pre-start consultants, who are well-versed in all things tile. 

 

The Advantages of Tile Flooring in Your New Home

There are many options for tile materials. You can choose from a wide range of colours, textures, and sizes. This will allow you to find the right tiles for your home. Because it is durable, tile is the best choice for bathrooms and kitchens. It is resistant to stains, scratches, and water damage. It is also easy to clean. You can sweep away dirt and keep the tile looking new by using a mop with a cleaner once a week. Tile is a great combination of beauty and functionality that cannot be beaten. 

The Tile Selection Process 

How does tile selection fit into the overall scheme of your custom home design? Your Pre-Start Consultant, with the help of your stylist and Perth custom builders at our Tile Expo, can help you with any aspect of construction and will help you choose the right tile for you. Our expert will arrange a meeting with you to walk through the showroom and look at the options. They will also answer any questions that you may have. Here at the tiles expo, the custom builders in Perth have a massive range on display so you can see them up close and get to touch and feel them.  

Each custom home design will have a different time frame for selecting flooring tiles. Sometimes everything can be completed in one day. Other customers might need multiple meetings and several days to reach a decision. You may prefer to take samples home or make all your decisions in one meeting. This is a major decision, so take as much time as necessary. 

 

Preparation is Key

Preparation is key. Tile selection is no different to any other step in the design process, and therefore, preparation is key. It’s crucial to have a game plan in place before you step foot into a showroom. A mood board is a great place for inspiration. 

A mood board will help you visualise your design style and the elements you want in your space. You can also see how your bathroom will look and feel in relation to the rest of your home. This helps you create a cohesive flow between your spaces. 

Perth home builders, Domination Homes, and Tile Expo feature many mood boards and styling inspiration. You can also find inspiration from interior design Instagram accounts, or Pinterest. 

If you are stuck, interactive quizzes online make it easy to find the right tile style for you. This will give you inspiration for bathroom design ideas. 

 

Selecting the Best Tile Style

It is important to consider function when choosing the tile material. Although handmade tiles may look great, it’s important to remember that they aren’t easy to clean and can be easily damaged, especially in high-traffic areas.  

Let’s look at the different types of tiles: 

 

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are dense, non-porous, and very durable. They are slip-resistant, stain-resistant, and fire-resistant. These tiles are ideal for bathrooms with moderate to light traffic. 

 

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles can be denser than ceramic tiles and are therefore harder. These tiles are ideal for pets and areas with high traffic. They are easy to maintain and resistant to scratches and stains. 

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are easier to lay and don’t require regular sealing. 

 

Stone and Handmade Tiles

Natural stones are porous and require frequent sealing to prevent corroding. This tile can also be stained or damaged by harsh cleaning chemicals. 

 

Mosaic Tiles

Because of the number of grout lines required to lay mosaic tiles, they are difficult to clean and maintain. Mosaic tiles are more slippery when wet. Check the slip resistance standards to make sure the tile is suitable for your bathroom. 

This stunning tile could be used as a backsplash or accent in a shower cavity to add a splash of colour. 

 

Scale to Size

Consider the size of your space when selecting your tiles. Large-format tiles are best for smaller rooms. You can make the space feel larger and brighter with lighter or neutral colours. For example, if the bathroom is on the smaller side, floor-to-ceiling tiles can be used to draw the eye upwards. 

You can use accent tiles in larger bathrooms to create zones. Or a different feature tile can be added to visually divide the room and create a more purposeful design flow. 

 

Choose Your Colours Wisely  

Your rooms can also be influenced by colour. Although darker colours can bring warmth, drama, and atmosphere, they can also be used to enclose the space. On the other hand, light colours add a sophisticated yet simple touch. These colours can also help make your room feel larger and brighter. 

 

Measure Twice, Buy Once

Measure your space using the tiles you have chosen, and then measure again. After you are certain you have the right measurements, you can order your tiles. 

 

Top 2022 Tiling Trends

Here are some trends in tiling that we think will be popular well into 2022. 

  • Shelf height tiles: This trend has been popular. This gives the space a sense of purpose and style. 
  • Bigger is better: oversized floor tiles provide a clean, spa-like feel. 
  • Shiplap Panelling: Vertical shiplap panels can be used in bathrooms to give a coastal or modern feel. It is a seamless design. 
  • Subtle patterns: earthy tones, timber or marble have been popular choices 

 

We recommend you carefully plan and research your tile options before you make your decision based on your needs, desires, and practicality. Domination Homes wants to make this custom home design process simpler for you. For any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are a Perth custom builder who cares.