Styling your floors with Longevity in Mind

The colour and texture of floor tiles sets the feel and tone of a room so when it comes time to upgrade your flooring, you’ll obviously be looking for unique, durable and great design options. In recent years we have seen the trend in flooring emphasise eye-catching patterns, bold shapes and creative, bright new looks. Although having a wide selection of flooring types and styles at your fingertips is great, don’t forget that tiles last a very long time so it’s important to consider choosing floors that will complement your home despite changing trends over the year.

Before you decide to go all out on funky tile designs and colours, take some time to think about the style of your home. Get ideas from magazines or online and group ideas and options that complement the style of your home in the short and longer term.

Consider the size of the room before choosing a colour and size of tile. Floors that are in light hues, like cream and pastels, can make a small room appear larger while dark chocolate, navy tone floors suite areas with an open floor plan and plenty of light. Small-sized tiles are also better to bathrooms while large-sizes tiles look better in kitchens.

Before you go and select a bright blue, densely patterned tile for your lounge, consider the impact of colours and patterns on the atmosphere of a room. What mood would you like the lounge area to have? Serene and relaxing? You’ll also want to complement other design features of the room so go for colours that blend well together. It’s a good idea to consider a colour wheel for combinations. For example, in a room where you like to entertain, you’ll want to make a vibrant statement and choose colours that are opposite on the colour wheel. For the relaxing lounge, you’ll look at colours that are next to each other. On a similar note, don’t forget about the colour of the grout. A contrasting grout will emphasise lines and the design while a grout in a complementary colour as the tile will give a subtle effect.

Although it might be trendy to get tiles that are textured and have dense patterns, keep in mind that floors that are ‘busy’ with designs and textures will impact the size and atmosphere of a room. What looks on trend today might not be the case in 5 to 10 years. If you are wanting to create a feature wall or countertop, then a vibrant, patterned tile can form part of the décor like a piece of art.

Another factor to think about is natural lighting in your home. A gloss tile will suit a dark space as it reflects more light.

With so many options of tiles and designs to choose from, it’s easy to make quick decisions on floor types according to the latest trends. But tiles are durable and having the trendiest floors of the moment might not be the best decision for your home in the long run. It’s a tough decision-making process but if you take time to consider all the elements mentioned above and consider how your new floors will complement a room and the general flow of your home, then you are on track to finding a great balance between a trendy tile that is well suited to your living space for now and for the next 10 to 15 years. For assistance on all your flooring needs, get in touch with us.

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