When it comes to your home interiors, it could be challenging to understand where to start from. We are here to help you with that! A neatly done up home would have certain basics right – a solid and durable flooring, a decent wall painting, the right furniture and space management, of course. While the rest can be well taken care of, you need to put in more thought and attention to how your flooring turns out. Living room tiles play an important role in the overall look of a home. Therefore, we need to know how to choose tiles for the living room. Here’s a detailed guide to help you make that decision.
Finalise Your Budget
The first thing that you need to sit down and work out is the entire budget of the remodelling or your interior decor. You need to park aside a certain amount and dedicate a certain amount to the interiors of the place. Yes, you need to keep it flexible as there are certain intangible factors that may raise the budget by a standard but a ballpark idea definitely does help you start somewhere.
Tile and Room Size
While choosing the right tile for your living room, it is also crucial to take into account the sizes for both. Small-sized tiles are suited for smaller rooms like bathrooms, pantries, balconies, etc while larger rooms call for larger tiles. Considering that living rooms are the largest in size when it comes to most homes, large size or medium size tiles would be the best fit as they will even make the space look bigger and more spacious.
Texture And Pattern
Today, when there are umpteen options to choose from, tile purchasing is much easier and more inclusive. The number of designs and patterns that they are manufactured in makes it easier to filter them down to the rooms you are planning to install them in. For instance, a kitchen tile’s pattern and design would be different from a tile that can be installed in your living rooms or an outdoor area. Whether you choose matte or a polished finished tile, in the end, it is your personal choice. All tiles are easy to clean, however the theme of your living space should be the deciding factor if you want to go with glossy tile or a matte finish tile.
Colour Of Tiles
Just like textures and patterns, tiles come in a number of colours. Gone are the days when you had to stick to the traditional whites and beiges only. Yes, while they are still the bestselling colours, you have an option to choose from other shade choices as well including blue, black, grey, maroon, green, etc. Depending on the colour scheme and theme of the house, you can choose the exact colour you want to go for.
Tips To Choose Tiles For Living Room
Choose Wood Look Tiles When…
If hardwood flooring appeals to you but durability and longevity is the concern, then wood look tiles or wooden tiles are your go to. They will give you the aesthetic appeal of a wooden flooring but are doubly durable and last you much longer than traditional hardwood flooring. They are very easy to maintain as well.
Install Mosaic Tiles When…
Mosaic tiles offer patterned and textured flooring wherever they are installed which adds a lot of artistry to the space. You can even use them to create an accent wall for maximised but understated effect. While the rest of the room is simple, mosaic tiles will add an explosion of design and colour to the room.
Account Durability & Maintenance
Tiles are much easier to maintain as compared to other flooring options like hardwood flooring or natural stone flooring. They would require regular resealing or replacement if there are cracks or stains but tiles bring down those kinds of hassles by a large extent. Since they are fairly moisture resistant, it is easier to clean them with water and cleaning agents and are also long lasting in nature.
Choose Light-Coloured Tiles
Whether it is a small living room or a large one, the colour that you choose makes or breaks the visual appeal of the space. Even if your room is large but if you opt for darker shades, the room is bound to look smaller as there is not much light reflection. In case of lighter shades of tiles, the natural light is reflected in abundance which in turn gives an illusion of a larger space.
Choose Large-Sized Tiles
The larger the tiles, the bigger your room will appear. Look for tiles that are large in size. There will be fewer grout lines in your living room, simplifying the space. That also means that you have to clean fewer grout lines. Larger tiles look more modern than smaller ones.
Choosing the right tiles for your living room is a piece of cake if you know how to go about it. Understand the requirements of the space, your budget, the availability and so on before making a purchase. This will help you make an informed choice and give you your money’s worth at the end of it all.
Author Bio: Isha Tandon has worked within the architecture and interior design industry as a flooring consultant expert – specialising in tiles, stones, and terrazzo. She has worked with Orientbell Limited, a leading tile manufacturer in India, as a product development manager in the design team and has recently joined the marketing team as their digital content expert. Her experience comes in handy in understanding the audience as she creates value-driven functional & informational content for the readers. She creates lifestyle pieces that focus on interior design products, trends, and processes. She loves to travel to historic places with rich architecture.