Although tile is one of the world’s oldest building materials, it is still just as relevant to modern design as it was centuries ago. Whether you have settled on bold ceramic tiles for a space or subtle subway tiles, selecting the right size is essential to achieve your desired look. Over the past few years, tile sizes have increased dramatically. From 4×4 to 8×12, you can purchase tiles in virtually any size. So, what size should you choose? Keep on reading to discover your perfect fit!
While there are standard shapes and sizes of tiles, you will see most manufacturers create tiles with dimensions that are tailored to their in-house design. Sometimes, the sizes are unique, and you probably will not be able to find it anywhere else. That is why it can be challenging to determine what the ideal tile size should be for your space; however, there are some general rules to picking out the perfect tile size for a space that you should consider:
- Small Rooms: Often, design experts recommend using larger scaled tiles in small rooms. Large format tiles in a small space will visually expand the area making it seem bigger than it actually is. This is because larger tiles allow for fewer grout lines that typically break up the flow of the floor. However, if the room is really tiny, floor tiles larger than 18 inches will overwhelm the space. It is essential to take a look at the space and determine whether or not large tiles will be overpowering.
- Long Room: What about a long, rectangular shaped room? Installing plank style, large tiles on galley-like rooms help create depth, makes the room appear wider and more spacious.
- Texture: If you desire to create interest and texture, you might want to opt for small mosaic tiles. With smaller tiles, there will be more grout lines, but the space will flow smoothly since small shaped mosaic tiles can be easily fitted in corners and around fixtures. In this way, small tiles are similar to carpet, and it can really create a proportionate and harmonized look.
- Defining a Space: If you really want to define a space, whether big or small, you can use smaller sized tiles to create an accent or border around large format tiles. This unique look will add detail and elegance to any room.
You will find that selecting the right size tile is mainly dependent on the desired look that you are seeking to achieve. If you need more assistance, one of our expert sales team members would love to help you. Please call or visit one of our locations for more information.