When choosing a new floor tile for your kitchen or bathroom, it pays to do your homework before entering a showroom. Spend a couple of weeks figuring out your budget, thinking about the traffic flowing through the space and of course taking your tastes into account, says Nancy Epstein, Founder and CEO of Artistic Tile. “Browse Pinterest, magazines, and friends back home to decide which colors, textures, and patterns appeal to you. You want to choose a tile that will make you feel comfortable and satisfied over the long term, not necessarily what seems to be in vogue. “This is where Epstein and DeeDee Gundberg, Head of Product Development at Ann Sacks, share their tips on determining the best floor tiles for every room in the house.
Know that not all tiles are created equal
Before you fall in love with any design online, be sure to check out something that is suitable for the floor. “Floor tiles have more limitations than wall tiles because they have a flat surface and have to be durable enough to withstand pedestrian traffic,” says Epstein. “As a result, three-dimensional, carved and some glass tiles are not recommended for floors.”
Plan busy spaces
In rooms like kitchens, mud flaps, and entrance areas, you want a tile that will withstand years of wear and tear. For the ultimate in durability, Epstein and Gundberg say you can’t beat natural stone. “It’s low-maintenance, high-quality, and will last forever – or forever as close as anyone,” says Epstein. Plus, says Gundberg, “it brings a sense of sophistication and luxury to a room.” The only downside: it costs more than many other options and has to be sealed during installation.
Make a fool of the eye
If natural stone is beyond your budget, consider porcelain tile. They are also sturdy and absorb very little water, making them a good choice for kitchen and bathroom floors. And porcelain is more versatile than you might think. “Advances in porcelain technology enable the precise reproduction of stone, concrete and wooden floors,” says Gundberg. Some people even use wood-like porcelain in family rooms, she notes, because it adds warmth to the room while also showing less wear and tear than hardwood.
Scale up or down
Once you’ve determined the type of tile that will work best for your space, it’s time to figure out the right size. For a powder room, you want a style on the smaller side (e.g. a stone mosaic), while in a larger room you might want to consider a large-sized tile that gives the area a clean, modern feel, says Gundberg.
Determine your style comfort zone
Many people opt for a solid color in a kitchen or master bathroom and experiment with a meaningful patterned tile in smaller spaces, such as a bathroom. B. a guest toilet. If you’re torn between simple and bold, consider something with texture. Says Epstein, “In a neutral space, large-sized tiles are a great way to stay interesting, yet classic.”