Tiles offer a practical solution to many everyday situations. These days, they are not just for kitchens and bathrooms, although of course they are needed there as well as in other parts of the house.
Tiling is by far the best flooring solution for conservatories, particularly where there are a lot of plants needing regular watering. Conservatory tiles are very hard-wearing and can also be used for patios and driveways. This means you can continue the conservatory floor out on to the patio, making a unified space that you can use in fine weather for entertaining or simply to extend your living space. These tiles come in a range of colours, sizes and finishes, so you will have plenty of choice.
Cooks will know that tiles are the most practical finish for kitchen walls near appliances and sinks. Kitchen wall tiles are available in a variety of sizes, from tiny mosaic tiles to much larger ones. Experts tend to favour smaller tiles in a smaller kitchen and recommend warm earthy colours rather than cold blue tones. Naturally, the colour you choose also depends on the colour of your kitchen units and your personal preferences.
Floor tiles are also very practical in kitchens, where floors need cleaning frequently. Spills can easily be mopped up from a tiled floor. You will also be able to coordinate your floor and wall tiles for a complete look. If you are worried about a tiled floor feeling cold in the winter, why not consider having under-floor heating installed?
There are many different sizes, shapes and designs of wet room tiles. One of the most important considerations is that the tiles are not slippery when wet, as this could result in an accident. Your supplier will be able to recommend suitable tiles to be used in this situation and, of course, there is a wide range of colours available.
Tiles have been used in bathrooms for many years and today there are many different types of bathroom tiles available. Designs include special tiles for borders, natural-stone tiles and a range of wall and floor tiles. In recent years, there has been a trend towards darker tiles in the bathroom and many people feel that they set off the sleek lines of modern bathroom appliances very well. Texture is also an important consideration when choosing tiles for your bathroom.
Although still relatively unusual in this country, tiled floors in living areas are very common in Mediterranean countries. They can be very practical in high-traffic areas, especially where there are animals or children and complement modern furniture and decor very well. Large polished or matt floor tiles can also provide an excellent background for a designer rug in your living room. In this country, you will probably need under-floor heating if you opt for a tiled living-room floor.
Sophia Shelton is an interior-design consultant who writes regularly for various websites on all aspects of homes and interiors. She has a special interest in modern bathroom design and innovative bathroom tiles.