Tile flooring may be a better flooring option for your project due to its water resistance, easiness to clean and affordability. Moreover, the flooring material may be glazed to make the surface unsuitable for microbial growth even in damp conditions. The property qualifies the floor tiles for use in water-prone rooms such as bathrooms, toilets, and kitchen. Also, the tiles are resilient to high foot traffic; thus, they are ideal for public and commercial buildings. Moreover, floor tile come in a wide range of sizes and colors that will perfectly fit your interior floor and décor. Then, how do different floor tile sizes and shapes affect your room space?
How Can Tiles Change The Interior Inspiration?
It is not easy to generalize the tile shapes and sizes due to the diversity of floor tile manufacturers with specific market preferences. There are standard tile sizes that we can infer by the rule of the thumb. Below are some of the usual rules on floor and room space that designers use.
1. Large-sized tiles
The room will look more extensive because of the fewer grout lines evident on the floor. The fewer grout lines, the more the floor looks whole and continuous. You can further enhance the look by choosing grout with the same color as the tile flooring. However, you should take care not to use tiles larger than 18’’ as the tiles will overpower the small room.
2. Small Mosaic tiles
The use of small mosaic tiles will add t the texture of your floor due to the much visible grout lines. The lines will also make a space with a flow. Mosaic tiles are mostly used in the bathrooms and toilets as they give a harmonized look as the carpets would do.
3. cross Laying Rectangular tiles
Cross laying of the rectangular tile in a long and narrow room like kitchen or gallery makes the room appear wider with more space than before.
4. small-sized tiles
When you use smaller sized tiles around the border of larger floor tiles, they create an impression of a cozier space.
You can use the same color of tiles in different shapes in random, non-random, and integral tile patterns to draw the eyes and make the space appear smaller.
With the knowledge of the conventional rules and inspirations that you can create on your floor to give a broader or a smaller appearance, it would be equally important to have a look at the various tile sizes and shapes. Also, we’ll look at how the multiple tile shapes and sizes affect your interior décor.
1. Subway And Rectangular Tiles
The tiles come in a wide range of sizes ranging from 1X2’’ to 6X8’’. The large rectangular subway floor tiles are essential in making the room appear larger while the smaller ones make the room look textured and cozy.
2. Square-shaped Tiles
They are the most predominant tiles. You can efficiently work out the number of floor tiles that you need to cover your space. The square tiles are available ranging from 2’’ to 24’’. However, some manufacturers may have different sizes. The standard sizes for floors range from 6’’ upwards. The large square tiles of plain colors produce a smooth floor surface. Mid-sized floor tiles may be essential for classic white and black checkerboard. The flooring would even look more spacious if the materials are in a diagonal arrangement pattern.
3. Plank-shaped Tiles
With the current technological advancements, 3-D digital printing technology is used to print a wood-like and stone-look surface appearance in tiles. While most of the tiles are square-sized, the wood look-like printed tiles come in plank-lengths to imitate the real size of the wood planks. However, some manufacturers produce square-shaped printed tiles. The plank sizes always vary from 4’’X12” to 16” X32’’. The longer the tile is, the more realistic it becomes. The tiles can be in beautiful patterns such as the herringbone to give a perfect visual appeal.
4. Hexagon And Octagon-Shaped Tiles
The tile shapes have a massive influence on interior trends. The tiles are fit for both the wall and the floor. The tiles come in 4’’ by 6’’ and 8’’ sizes. Hexagon and octagon tiles have high value as the manufacturers are adding in more value by making existing patterns to create a different feel. Large octagon terracotta inter-spaced with square accent gives a fantastic look.
5. Non-Standardized Tile Shapes
They are exceptional and unusual tile shapes. The typical sizes and shapes include crosses, star, basket weaves, scallops, arabesques, triangles, ovals, diamonds, and gees.