Tile can play a huge factor in the look and feel of your home. It makes up over half of the real estate in your home from the floor, to the bathrooms to various backsplashes and even walls. Read below to find out everything there is to know about the tile we offer in designQ.
4 Most Popular Types of Tile
1 | Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile is probably the most popular type of tile as it has the most versatility. Ceramic tile is affordable, durable and most importantly – easy to maintain! There are a ton of different style & color options, and it can be applied pretty much anywhere.
Glazed ceramic tile offers even more protection against damage, stains or spills that can occur.
2 | Porcelain Tile
Porcelain tile is a step above a cermic tile. It is made of a higher ratio of silica and quartz compared to ceramic, and is baked at a higher temperature. This means that porcelain tiles will be more durable than a ceramic BUT it also means they will be more expensive.
Most Porcelain tiles come in a glossy or matte finish. Be careful where you add the glossy finish, as when it gets wet it can be very slippery. So adding it to a shower floor may be a bit risky.
3 | Glass Tile
Glass tiles are a stunning option for a backsplash or shower tile. Not to be used on the floor, glass tiles can only be used on the wall.
Compared to ceramic or porcelain, glass tiles have the highest level of stain resistance which makes them a superb choice for a kitchen backsplash. Wine spills are not match for a glass tile! However, 1 downfall of glass tile is it is easier to chip and crack if an item is dropped on it.
4 | Marble Tile
First off, as designers, we LOVE marble tile. It exudes a level of elegance and panache that really is hard (not impossible, just hard) to replicate with other materials.
Marble Tile offers deeply veined lines with natural minerals and beauty that can really set your floors apart from the rest. However, marble tiles can be difficult to maintain and if not maintained correctly, will absorb stains more easily due to it’s porous nature. Marble tiles are also very expensive.
So is a marble tile right for you? That really depends on your lifestyle and the level of care & attention you are willing to put into it! If you really want the look of a marble tile, but not the hassle, check out a porcelain tile, such as the Eterna Collection, that has a marble look to it. Chances are they will look very similar, but without the extra maintenance and cost.
3 Most Common Uses for Tile
Tile can be used just about anywhere! Below are a few places in your home to consider adding tile too. Some of obvious, but some maybe not so much!
1 | The Floor
Alright so this is pretty common. When you think about tile, you probably first think of a floor.
In most cases, you will find tile flooring in any wet area’s such as bathrooms, laundry room and the mudroom. But have you considered adding tile flooring to your kitchen? If you want to add a bit of contrast and texture to your main floor, try opting for tile flooring. Tile is durable, water resistant and versatile so it makes sense to be in your kitchen. You can add different textures, colors and patterns or keep it nice and simple.
2 | Kitchen Backsplash
Again, another area that is very common to install tile is the kitchen backsplash. The great thing about a kitchen backsplash is you can really have some fun with the style and color of the tile. Because it’s a relatively small area, it’s easier to get away with something unique (and easier to change out later on!).
Wall tile is typically smaller than a floor tile is, so you can also do some cool install patterns here such as a herringbone or chevron. Click here to view the different install patterns available.
3 | Shower & Bathtub Tile
There aren’t many options to use for a shower or bathroom tub surround, due to the fact that it must be waterproof. You can really only use tile or fiberglass. So, it’s good that there are a multitude of different tile colors, patterns, textures, materials and install patterns to really make your shower or tub stand out.
The sky is the limit when it comes to picking a tile for your bathroom – so have fun with it! After all, it will only be seen by you!
2 Slightly Less Common Uses for Tile
1 | Fireplace Tile
Tile is just one of many options when it comes to selecting a feature surround for your fireplace. The benefits of adding tile is that it is fire rated, and safe to add if you have a gas fireplace. Whereas some materials such as shiplap or wallpaper are not recommended to install around the fireplace unit itself.
Additionally, you can match the fireplace tile to your kitchen or bathroom backsplash if you wish to help create a coordinating design style. Or go crazy with it!
2 | Feature Wall Tile
When you think of a feature wall, you probably think of barn wood or maybe wallpaper or ship lap. But you can also make a bold statement to any wall using tile!
This is typically where a more unique and bold tile could be used. Our designers have put tile on a wall in the half bathroom, in a master bedroom as a focal wall, and even
1 Way to Spruce Up Basic Subway Tile
Sometimes the classic is best. Subway tile has been around for ages, and is used in some many different applications and settings. It got it’s start (and name) by being used in old New York Subway stations.
You may be thinking – ok ok, yes it’s a classic but is it too boring? The short answer, is no. It’s not. But if you really want to add a little oompf to your subway tile try this super secret designer trick…
And Voila! Your subway tile is no longer basic, but instead a show stopping focal point to any room.