There is almost an endless variety of tile sizes out there, and while it is unquestionably true that one of the keys to fulfillment is choice, the burden of choice can make it difficult to make a decision. In the latest blog by Meraki Ceramics, we delineate the different uses for different sizes, and make suggestions on the ideal size for each space.
It is vital to consider factors such as the kind of space your tiling, the colour scheme and the required tile patterns in terms of the way in which they are laid or fixed to the wall. These factors each have a part to play, but this can all be simplified.
The idea of tiling is not just about ease of maintenance and longevity, but also the ability to really make an impact in the room or space. What impact do we want to make? Well, this can often lead us to the final choice in terms of tile size. If it’s the illusion of space, this could lead us to larger format tiles, while if it’s a bold, colourful decorative element on a wall, we would perhaps look to smaller tile pieces to achieve this.
BATHROOM TILE SIZES
Bathrooms are usually not the biggest of spaces, and as such it follows that we would ideally select tiles that optimize the space to make it feel larger than it really is. There is no accounting for taste, however if you think about it, say you’re in a small en-suite and it wall to wall brick tiles (100 x 300 mm), it could perpetuate a sense of claustrophobia, and that’s really not what you want at all. On floors, the perfect size for bathrooms is usually 600 x 600 mm, while for general walls we would look to 300 x 600 pieces where possible, with perhaps a feature wall or backsplash upon which we can utilise the smaller tile pieces, whether a mosaic or brick tile for example, to really add a point of interest in the room.
Despite the need for the aforementioned 600 x 600 mm or 300 x 600 mm options to add the illusion of space, it is important that these larger format tiles are broken up with an accent tile in a chosen area. Some may even opt for the shower area as the focal point. Patterning also has a part to play, and can play a great role in creating cohesion and the sense of space.
KITCHEN TILE SIZES
One of the most important features of a kitchen is the backsplash, and there are many ways to approach this element, but for the most part it would ideally be with smaller tile options. One thing we should be mindful of in kitchens and also bathrooms when considering small tiles, is that they equal more grout lines, which means more maintenance, and more challenges when cleaning.
We love hexagons for kitchens, as they are both contemporary and playful. If you have a minimalist kitchen, a hexagon feature could really add an interesting and captivating effect, commanding the eye upon entry.
Another classic choice is the brick tile for kitchen backsplash areas. Sophisticated but also quite subtle, with a variety of rustic or clean finishes and so many colours to choose from, it’s hard to argue against brick.
For the more high-end approach, a genuine stone slab or some of our classic porcelain stone effect larger format tiles can present a wonderful feature backsplash and counter top for the kitchen. As for flooring, similar to bathrooms we would usually recommend adopting the 600 x 600 mm approach.
Whichever way you want to go, it’s important to take the time to understand the impact of choice, and also to seek out examples of good tile options and quite poor ones. If you need our expert advice on tile size most appropriate for your aspirations, contact us today!