Although we’re predominantly a Calgary flooring store, many of our materials have versatile uses. Take tile, for example. As a flooring material, it’s practical, durable, and water-resistant. These properties also make tile an excellent choice for a wall covering, particularly in wet-prone areas. In this guide, we’ll examine wall tiles in more depth, noting their pros, cons, sizes and designs, to help you make an informed decision when it comes to buying.
Different types of tile
The primary wall tile materials are ceramic and porcelain. Ceramic is the more affordable option and works well in areas susceptible to water, such as above sinks. Unglazed ceramic tiles give a natural look but are only water-resistant. Porcelain is much more durable than ceramic and has a lower absorption rate. It works well in wet areas, including baths, showers and pools.
Advantages of wall tiles
As we’ve mentioned, wall tiles are a practical option for wet areas. They’re long-lasting, easy to clean, and water-repelling. You can customize your tiles to match your style, choosing everything from pattern, layout, size and shape. You can even install them yourself for a fun and rewarding DIY project.
Disadvantages of wall tiles
In terms of budget, wall tiles are a more expensive option compared to just painting a wall. But balancing out the cost with style, maintenance and practicality generally make the investment worthwhile.
Different sizes of wall tiles
Size is a big factor when it comes to personal style and the proposed tile wall area. There are several sizes to choose from, but here are a few popular ones to give you an idea:
- Subway tiles - Trendy subway tiles have a recognizable rectangular shape and come in a range of sizes. Smaller rectangles look great on kitchen walls behind appliances, and larger rectangles are good for full bathroom wall coverage as they’re easier to clean and give a more streamlined look.
- Mosaics - Commonly cut into small squares, mosaic tiles can also be circular, pebble-shaped or long, thin strips. Intricately designed mosaic tiles can make a big statement - contrast this with muted tones and simple decor to draw the eye in.
- Large format tiles - Tiles that are 15 inches or more are popular among homeowners who want to give the impression of more space or make a short room feel taller. They have less grout, so are easier to clean, and their over sized nature creates an elegant finish.
Wall tile designs
One of the unique things about wall tiles is how creative you can be when it comes to shapes and patterns. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination, so don’t be afraid to think outside the square and rectangular box.
- Diamonds are a traditional style that can give a contemporary twist. They add depth to a room and are instantly eye-catching.
- Basket weave uses a blend of small squares and large rectangular tiles to imitate a woven basket. This pattern is also popular with floors and suits both modern and traditional styles.
- Arabesque designs emanate elegance with their balanced curves and straight lines. They are versatile enough to complement a modern interior or add a touch of nostalgia to classical decor.
- Herringbone is a zig-zag pattern, also used in flooring. If opting for lighter tiles, consider a dark grout, which is a simple way to make the wall pop.
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