How does the size of tile you choose affect the look of a room?

Design is very much a personal choice which is why there is such a huge variety of  styles, colours, sizes and finishes. When choosing tiles, colour is not the only important design aspect to consider. The size of your tiles has just as much of an impact on the design of a room as the colour.

Size V. Space

A good general rule to follow when choosing the size of your tiles is to purchase tiles relative to the amount of space you have. Larger areas, such as an open plan kitchen diner, can handle larger tile sizes and smaller spaces, like small bathrooms and cloakrooms, look best when tiled with smaller tiles or even mosaics.

However, there are plenty of instances where this rule may not apply. For example, in a larger bathroom, it may be more practical to go for medium size or small tiles that will fit better around the toilet, sink, shower etc. especially if these are quite close together. This is because using large tiles may mean more work as they will need more cuts to fit around the bathroom furniture and fittings.

What impact do grout lines have on a space?

Grout lines can have a huge impact on the final design. The more grout lines you have, the busier your tiled surface will look. A good way to make your space look larger is to use a grout colour similar to the colour of your chosen tiles. This will reduce the grid-like appearance of grout lines and give the illusion of a larger space.

One place where having more grout lines is better is in wet areas like inside a shower cubicle. More grout lines gives you better traction and less slipping.

Other things to bear in mind

The more different sized tiles you use throughout your home, the busier and, therefore, smaller it will look. Using one or two different styles may be a better option than having four or five different tiles all playing off each other. Another way to make your room look bigger is to lay your tiles diagonally, rather than in a grid pattern. This fools your eyes into thinking it’s a larger area.

If you are using rectangular tiles in a rectangular room, laying them the opposite way to the room shape will make the space look wider. So a narrow room will look larger with the long side of the tile running perpendicular to the longest walls.

Another thing to consider is the colour and finish of the tiles in terms of how they will expand or contract in a space. Darker colours and matt finishes make a space feel more cosy, however if you are aiming to make a room look larger, lighter colours and glossy surfaces will make your space look bigger and will make the most of the light you have in the room.

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