There’s a certain charm and elegance that is attached to natural stone tile floors. However, there are a lot of people who don’t like the inconsistent finish that natural stone tiles create – after all, part of the charm and elegance is the fact that every tile is unique. For those who like a consistent finish to their residential tile flooring – choose porcelain, ceramic or glass mosaic. If you buy from the same batch lot, you will find that every tile is almost a perfect duplicate, and when laid, it delivers a very consistent look across the whole floor.
Having a consistent finish has been a popular option for commercial flooring, particularly on retail and office floors. In the home, consistent finishes have been popular in dining rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and hallways. The inconsistent finish provided by natural stone often left to patios, or rooms where charm and elegance are more important than a consistent finish. If you do want to break up that consistent finish, then you can mix and match different color and/or textures, often with brilliant effect.
Whilst many look at a consistent tiled floor as boring, it does have many practical applications. To begin with, if you slightly over-buy, you will always have identical tiles to use should one or two become damaged over time – and the replacement tile will look exactly the same as the original. Identical tiles are not necessarily boring either, especially when used in rooms where the floor is not a major feature – an art gallery is a good example, it is the art on the wall that is important, the flooring needs to be neutral and not distracting, and the same effect is often sought in the home.
There are a lot of exciting colors and finishes to be found in glass mosaic, ceramic and porcelain tiles. You will find a tile from this range that will suit almost every decor and environment – even on the bottom of swimming pools. If you need some advice on finding a suitable consistent residential floor tile, talk to one of the tile experts at Éco Dépôt.