My customer’s bathroom is very narrow with a ceiling height of 89”. They were looking for a traditional transitional design and wanted the bathroom to feel spacious all while still keeping the existing layout. In this scenario, it’s good to go with large tiles, as it will make the space look and feel bigger than it actually is. As for tile colours, go with a design that has colours from other elements in the room (cabinet, countertop, faucets, toilet, etc.). Remember, the tile colour is what pulls everything together within the space.
Eventually I found what I was looking for according to my research and would like to share some helpful hints with you.
Did you know…
1. Tiles come in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass and quarry.
2. Tiles come in many sizes such as, 4”x 4”, 4”x6”, 10”x10”, 12”x18”, 18”x18”, 24”x24” and many more. Some tile design …will have limited size selections for that line.
3. Tile quality is determined by the PEI rating, MOHS scale and moisture absorption rating?
a) The PEI (Porcelain Enamel Institute) rating determines the tiles durability in wear without damaging its appearance.
Rating 1 – No foot traffic
Rating 2 – Light traffic
Rating 3 – Light to moderate traffic
Rating 4 – Moderate to heavy traffic
Rating 5 – Heavy to extra heavy traffic
b) The MOHS scale determines the tiles strength.
Scale 1 – Talc
Scale 2 – Gypsum
Scale 3 – Calcite
Scale 4 – Fluorite
Scale 5 – Apatite
Scale 6 – Feldspar
Scale 7 – Quartz
Scale 8 – Topaz
Scale 9 – Corundum
Scale 10 – Diamond
c) Moisture absorption rating determines the tiles permeability to water.
Rating 1 – Low dense (7.0%)
Rating 2 – Medium dense (3.0% – 7.0%)
Rating 3 – High dense (0.5% – 3.0%)
Rating 4 – Extremely dense (0.5% or less)
4. Many stores sell matching grout colours to go with your tile selection.
5. Sometimes tile design, colour and size can be off. To prevent this, purchase tiles from the same lot number and shade number, this will ensure tiles was made from the same batch and 90% chance that the tiling area will be 99% consistent throughout.
I hope my findings to be useful; happy tile shopping!