Interesting as it may seem, an old Irish proverb says,” Judge the person by the floor he walks on.” Although humanists can never agree with something like that, one might see the sense by interpreting it in a figurative manner. In today’s world, floors can both enhance and kill the aesthetic effect of your house. The trick is: how to use the forces on your favour to make make your house look like the house of your dreams?
This article will, by the time it ends, show you the way that you should follow while choosing the perfect flooring tiles for your dream home. But before that, a little talk about tiles might be necessary.
Tiles are manufactured by mixing clay, sand, glass and so on in varying proportions, and using the delicate skills of the craftsmen to provide the required design in its unhardened state. The product is then roasted (heated without moisture) at high temperatures, depending on its composition and type – glazed or unglazed, matte or glossy. Broadly, there are three kinds of tiles available in the market – ceramic, porcelain and vitrified. Ceramic tiles are available in many designs and in ‘matte’, ‘glazed’ and ‘glossy’ finishes. Speaking quite frankly, the plain ceramic tiles are way cheaper than the ones that are vitrified. Nowadays, almost ceramic tiles are vitrified to a certain extent and the use of non-vitrified tiles in households has, in plain words, become obsolete. Porcelain tiles, on the other hand, are a variety of ceramic tiles. They are also selectively vitrified, but are way stronger than ceramic tiles in the ordinary form, thus more expensive. Vitrified tiles are ceramic and porcelain tiles that have been subjected to a different burning process. They have a glass protective layer and are stronger and more durable than any other variety. These are the tiles that you see in shopping malls, corporate offices, posh hotels and shops. The bottom line is, they help add an aesthetic touch or what we call the ‘wow-factor’ to your home.
Places like your Porch, lobby, balcony, swimming pool and patio or such areas, according to experts, should have tiles that have natural stone finishes. These are available in multiple shapes, sizes and colours, just like any other flooring tiles. Also, make sure that the tiles are equipped with the crucial anti-skid feature, since these are generally wet areas and nobody wishes to get oneself unnecessarily injured. Although such tiles are quite expensive, presence of the anti-skid feature accompanied by natural stone finishing justifies it. However, before buying any expensive tiles, the credentials must be verified. On the other hand, tiles for kitchen have different utility and requirements. Unlike the exterior as mentioned above, kitchen requires cleanliness over aesthetics. Thus, it is advisable not to use too glazy or porous tiles as the possibility of staining remains. Consequently, kitchen requires vitrified ceramic tiles which do not catch stains. Anti-skid tiles are also preferred.
Drawing and dining rooms are areas that usually see a lot of heavy use, and these are the places where aesthetics is most necessary. One should therefore choose corrosion-resistant and adaptive tiles, whose colour, design and surface do not fade even after increased footfall. And as far as the type of design you should choose is concerned, it is a matter of perspective. So, choose the design that suits you best. Lastly, while dealing with the bedroom, do not choose something too bright as it overshadows the relaxing atmosphere that a bedroom is supposed to manifest. Wooden finish or natural stone would be my personal preference.
The last point that should be noted is about the size of the tiles. Well, although people talk about the fact that bigger tiles make places seem more spacious, it is a myth. Au contraire, it makes small bedrooms look smaller. So, it is important not to let these myths influence you while choosing your flooring.
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