Mar 27, 2007 10:53 pm
I am planning to build and am currently in the process of selecting tiles and colours.I am considering using glazed porcelain tiles for the entrance, hallway, kitchen, dining and family room- approx 100 sq metre area.
The tiling place that I recently visited informed that borders are outdated. I personally like the look of large tiles laid diagonally. Given that the area from the entrance to the end of the family room spans over 15 metres I am concerned if having one pale colour thru the entire length may look too plain and boring. Any suggestions to make it interesting? How would diagonally laid darker tile say every 4th tile or so look. I am looking at ivory tiles as a majority and paler teracotta shade for the dark tiles. We may have a feature wall in browny-teracotta amber colours. Any views?
Re: Current tiling styles-suggestions please2
Apr 06, 2007 10:21 am
I personally love the look of glazed porcelain. Quite a few display homes I've seen have a border/feature in the entry/foyer where about 1 tile in all around they have a small frame of pebbles or stoney tiles. I like the look but I don't think I'd have it in my home for fear of being a pain to walk on and clean (uneven surface). I also think that a large area of polished porcelains adds class, and they definitely make the space look bigger because they reflect the light.
As for fashions, they come and go, but really it's all about what you want. If you like something, go for it. If the tile place sells border tiles then they can't be too unpopular or it wouldn't be worth their while having them if no one bought them.
Perhaps have a look at some tiling websites and mags and pick out some pictures that really appeal to you and take it with you when you do selections.
P.S we haven't picked tiles yet so I'm no expert!!!
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Re: Current tiling styles-suggestions please3
Apr 06, 2007 10:27 am
I like the continous look (aka plain look). It looks modern and will not date. then if you want to add some style or colour, add a rug or some furniture.
You rarely see a patterned wall colour, relying in stead on artwork, furniture etc. Why not the same thinking for flooring.
You can readily change a rug or feature item, but try changing your flooring!
Re: Current tiling styles-suggestions please4
Apr 09, 2007 7:01 pm
I personally like the look of lighter, neutral coloured floor tiles. I think they add a level of sophistication, and also look sharp and clean. The lighter coloured tiles also have a more timeless quality - and you can keep updating the look by changing rugs - or art work that you hang up in/or near the entry area etc....
The only thing I would check before selecting the glazed tiles - is their slip resistance. Some tiles that are too glossy may be hazardous in wet weather.
I hope these tips help and good luck with the renovation.
Re: Current tiling styles-suggestions please5
Apr 09, 2007 11:17 pm
My wife and I had the same issue and we ended up with a variation of this design below. We have an entrance way that is 2610mm wide and 10 metres to the first bulkhead. The overall distance to the back window (which is clearly visible from the front) is just over 22 metres.
We needed, we thought, something to enhance the entrance as it is such a big expanse of space. We have a feature wall to the left of the entrance also that ties in with the feature tiles.
We are using 400x400mm tiles and we are only using approximatley 16 feature tiles. We will have enough of the standard tiles left over so should we "change our mind" we can go to all one colour!!
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Re: Current tiling styles-suggestions please6
Apr 16, 2007 10:21 pm
Thank you for all your suggestions. Matt's flooring looks great and I have now got a sample of rectangular floor tiles. One of the display homes had a nice arrangement in bricklike fashion.
Thank you all once again
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