Tile Size and Selection Part 1
Sizes, and selection, abound.
Ceramic tile is manufactured in sizes ranging from one inch to twenty-four inches square.
Ceramic tile is normally boxed and priced by the square foot, regardless of the size of the individual tile itself.
You should also know that tile size is relative. Tile is usually referred to by its nominal size, not its actual size.
During the firing process, ceramic tile will shrink, on average, by about 10% in size. For example a 12” by 12” floor tile will actually measure 11-7/8 inches square.
Currently, the most popular ceramic floor tile are the larger sized tiles such as 13” by 13”, 16” by 16” and 18” by 18” sizes.
Tile size takes its cue from the room size.
When considering what size tile would be appropriate for your given space, start by determining the size of the room.
Often times, people think that small rooms call for small tile. That is not necessarily true. In fact, incorporating a larger size tile in a smaller room will visually increase the size of the space. And fewer grout lines will help create a cleaner surface appearance.
Conversely, using a tile size that’s too small creates more grout joints that may make the floor look too busy.
As with all design elements, scale plays an important role in creating a room’s overall balance. So, please consider it carefully to achieve your desired look.
Ceramic can take on many disguises.
The look of natural stone is very popular but some consumers prefer ceramic over stone due to price and maintenance considerations.
In answer to consumers’ demands, ceramic and porcelain manufacturers have created tiles that offer textures, colors and patterns resembling natural stone products.
Of the sought after looks in ceramic and porcelain tile, slate, travertine and marble are just a few.
To further enhance the natural look, tile can also be made to feature heavy textures, chiseled and hammered edges, and even resemble tumbled stone.
Ceramic tile texture is related to its style. So feel free to feel! The feel of a tumbled stone or slate looking ceramic tile will be irregular and somewhat rough.
A tile simulating marble or granite on the other hand, will have a very smooth, polished feel. In addition to the feel, textures also vary in degree of shine, ranging from dull to semi-gloss to glass-like.
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