What are the different types of tile?
Made from clay and minerals, these glazed tiles make good insets, or accent pieces. Ceramic tile is easy to clean, durable and available in many styles and textures. If you have kids or pets, consider textured tiles, as they are less slippery and a safer flooring option.
Porcelain tiles are ceramic tiles that have been fired at a higher temperature for a denser tile. With a greater density, porcelain is more resistant to moisture, making it a great choice for bathroom floors.
Natural stone tile flooring comes in a variety of colors and textures giving you a wide range of options. Stone floors are perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and entryways. Depending on the type of stone you select, stone tiles can complement a wide range of styles from rustic to contemporary. You’ll also find that no two tiles are alike, giving your space unique character.
Tiles can come in many different shapes and sizes, from classic square to wood-like planks. Tiles can take on many different appearances based on layout. Whether tiles are placed edge to edge or used with grout can change the look of a space. As an alternative to grout you may consider using smaller, mosaic tiles in between the primary tiles to create a unique look. Layout design can also deliver a similar effect, by having a pattern laid with tile or just by placing the tile on a diagonal.
Tile also comes in different thicknesses. A thicker tile is great for the floor. Thinner tile is better suited to wall mounting. Mosaic tiles are great for accents and backsplashes because their smaller size lends to more intricate patterns. The tile types listed above are mostly neutral in color because of their natural makeup. But for a pop of color you can opt for glass tiles. By mixing and matching tile varieties you can create texture in your space. Tile can fit with any color palette or design style.