Selecting A Suitable Tile Size and Edge
It’s the small details that make the big impressions…
Tile Edge Considerations
Premium tiles can turn a boring space into something stunning. You may have gone through the fun of picking out all of your tile to create a beautiful space but you aren’t quite sure how to finish the edges. There is no need to worry, this is a problem many people face and there are a handful of solutions to fix it. It can be a simple fix or a custom job for your installer.
Be aware that most modern/contemporary tiles have a rectified (straight cut) edge providing a very clean look; while rustic / travertine-style tiles tend to have a chiseled edge which provides more of an old world charm. Depending on your tiles finish, you may choose to use one of the below options to “complete” your tile installation look and job.
Tile Size Considerations
Tile comes in virtually any size and shape you can imagine – ranging from small mosaics less than inch in size to single tiles up to 8 foot in length. Choosing the size (or format) of the tile is really dependent on taste, room size, style and budget.
As a rule of thumb, the less grout joints you have, the larger the room will feel. This creates less breaks in the tile giving a clean and sleek look. On the other hand, the larger the tile, the flatter your floor needs to be prior to installation and hence the more expensive the installation. Other considerations, like anti-slip requirements and room layout also play into the criteria for choosing the right size tile for your project.
There is definitely a strong trend worldwide towards tiles larger than 12″x24″ with tight grout joints (approximately 1/8″ in size) and this is in part due to the major innovations in tile manufacturing that makes these tiles now available at a small premium.