Once you've decided to start a tiling project there's lots to think about - not least the tile you use. Key things worth thinking about when selecting the ideal tile solution include size, material, texture, durability and, possibly the biggest factor, the overall price.
You need to careful when choosing the size of your tile because size is one of the aspects in creating a successful tiling project. If you choose a tile that's too small for your room then you could end up making it seem larger than it is, while a tile that's too large will instantly shrink any room. The general rule is that walls usually suit small tiles, particularly in bathrooms and kitchens, while large tiles look great across a whole range of floors. If you want to combine both, why not get a border? They're easy to create and can break up any room.
It's important to understand that the material of the tile you pick will help to create a certain look for your room. Travertine, glass and marble are some of the fantastic natural tile materials which are the ideal solution for anyone looking to create an expensive look and are ideal for modern kitchens, while Laura Ashley Tiles are great for creating a hygienic-looking, simple bathroom. For something different try mosaic tiles - they're superb for creating something a bit different and can instantly brighten up a boring wall or table top.
The texture and surface of the tile is also an important aspect which should be considered when choosing tiles. Natural materials tend to have rough, textured surfaces which makes them unsuitable for tiling projects like bathroom walls. However, some man-made materials can form tiles which are slippy - this makes them a bad choice for any surface which could get wet e.g. bathroom and kitchen floors. Texture can also affect other tile attributes such as how easy it can be to keep clean and how water-resistant the tile is.
Durability and price are probably two major factors which need to be considered when choosing a tile. New, shiny tiles might look impressive but unless they're durable, you'll probably end up regretting the decision. Durable tiles might be more expensive but they're definitely worth it! Splash out now and benefit from durable tiles which will last and last.