Consider these tips before choosing tiles:
◇ Tiles can make small rooms seem cluttered and too busy, and can get lost in large rooms.
◇ Planks tile are growing in popularity, as they achieve a timber look without the wear and tear or maintenance requirements of a real timber floor.
◇ Basalt, marble, and granite create an elegant look that never dates.
◇ You get what you pay for - cheap tiles are cheap for a reason.
◇ You need a good substrate - if the wall has a bow in it, the tiles will also bow.
◇ Use a tile system - stick to one brand of grout, silicone and waterproofing products. Products from different manufacturers may not be compatible.
◇ Hire a good tiler - ask around for recommendations.
◇ Greys and neutrals are the safest options for grout colours - creative colours don’t work, and are harder to clean.
◇ Keep tiles clean with warm soapy water on a regular basis.
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