Tiles come in hundreds of varieties, patterns, and styles. They have been the prime choice for
home flooring for thousands of years. Over time, tile applications have evolved too. They cover
bathroom walls and are used as kitchen backsplash installations because they are easy to clean
Tile floors are stain-resistant, easy to mop, durable and aesthetically appealing. They are a far
bigger investment than paint. It is hard to remove them to install new ones every few years, so
make sure you choose them with care. You also need to hire professional contractors to ensure
proper installation that will last you years in the best condition.
The Difference Between Kitchen & Bathroom Tiles
Kitchens: There is a big difference in tile installations for kitchens and bathrooms. For kitchens,
you need tiles that are resistant to heavy traffic. Ceramic tiles are best, so are natural stones
and porcelain. For backsplashes, choose tiles that are stain-resistant and easy to wipe clean.
You can choose slippery tiles for the backsplash but they must be moisture-resistant.
Bathrooms: Bathroom tiles need to be anti-slip and water-resistant. Bathrooms are more humid
than kitchens, so it’s important to select tiles that prevent accidents and protect the foundation
of your home. Ceramic, natural stone, porcelain, and mosaic are best for bathrooms.
For tile application, there are a few other things you should know:
● Tiles need to be installed on a flat, smooth surface or else they will come off or crack
over the years.
● Ceramic tiles are the most cost-effective and offer the best variety. Porcelain tiles are
priced higher but they are also more durable and better suited for high traffic areas. They
are available in larger sizes, up to two square feet each.
● Natural stone and marble are porous and far more expensive. They are also more
challenging to work with. Make sure you hire expert professionals for installations.
● Tiles can be sharp-edged or bullnose, which is rounded on one edge or double bullnose,
that is rounded on both sides.
● Mosaic tiles are smaller and more decorative. They come with pre-made cloth backing
so they are easier to install.
● Finger tiles (or Listellos as the Italians say), are small, narrow, short and best used to
create decorative patterns in high-end installations.
● Wall tiles are thinner, lighter and smaller. They are prone to cracking and don't withstand
temperature changes as well.
● Tiles are easy to apply. Tile cement is created by adding water to premixed water to
stick the tiles to walls and floors. To fill in gaps between the tiles, powdered cement
called grout is used.
● Neutral coloured tiles are currently the trend. Beige and grey are the most popular
● Tiles need not always be glossy. Consider matte finishes for a sophisticated,
contemporary look that doesn’t smudge or watermark as easily as glossy tiles do.
● Graphic patterns add a creative touch that brings more character to your home.