Placing the right type of tiles in your home requires the appropriate knowledge regarding the types and the materials you are going to use. With this guide, we provide valuable information about how to choose tiles for the living room specifically, being one of the main areas of your home or apartment.
Tiles are going to define the appeal of your living room, and this is why you need to be aware of the decoration style you want to apply into the room. For example, using stone tiles such as the Oracle Tile & Stone Honey Onyx is an ideal solution for more elegant, glamorous living rooms.
In order to decide on the tiles you are going to use, you should measure the dimensions of your living room and know the limitations of your budget. This way, you are going to make sure that you acquire the most suitable tiles for your space, within the appropriate price range.
Types of tiles
There is a number of different floor tile types in the market, with their own unique characteristics. Your choice depends on the room you need to place them, the size of the room, and whether or not like the particular type for your home. These are the main tile types:
1 – Stone tiles
There are several variations regarding stone tiles. Granite and marble (like the Chine Black Marble 12×12) are the two types most commonly used by the majority of people, and generally speaking, they can be used both on floors and walls if you want to decorate them accordingly.
They are considered one of the best materials for floors, as they are sturdy, and they have extensive longevity, which makes them a worthy investment. That said, you need to keep in mind that they are more expensive than the rest of the types.
2 – Ceramic tiles
Ceramic tiles are a very affordable solution for people that want to add a nice flooring to their living rooms. They come in many different shapes, textures and colors, and they are ideal for covering larger areas due to their low prices.
Ceramic tiles are not the most durable in the market, although they are a nice option if you are cautious when you use the, for example avoid placing very heavy furniture on them. They are not usually the go-to solution when it comes to flooring, although they are ok for light use.
3 – Porcelain tiles
Porcelain is the preference for most people when it coming to adding tiles to the living room. It is an excellent material, significantly durable under rough occasions and they are perfect for placing on the floor because of their longevity and hard structure.
Porcelain tiles such as the Vogue White Porcelain Square Mosaic Tile, have consistent color, and they are usually polished in such a way that they acquire high levels of water resistance, while they remain bright and shine even after years of use. They can also be used as an alternative of more expensive material, due to their capability of imitating them.
4 – Wood-look tiles
This type of tiles makes the living room much warmer and welcoming than any other type of tile. They have a wood-like appearance, and they are able to keep your feet warm at all times without the use of rugs or carpets.
Wood-look tiles such as the Composite Decking Flooring and Deck Tiles are an excellent choice for young couples with more casual living rooms. They are not considered cheap, although considering their quality and features, they will be a nice addition to your floor for many decades.
How to choose tiles for the living room
There are a few things that you need to consider before purchasing tiles for your living room, especially if it’s the first time. Choosing the appropriate tiles depends on a number of factors, which we have gathered and listed below:
The decoration of the living room
Applying floor tiles to your living room is not just about buying high quality tiles. You also need to consider the decoration of your living room, starting with the walls. The color and style of the walls will help you find tiles that are a nice match color-wise and texture-wise.
Furniture is another important factor you should consider before purchasing tiles for the living room. For instance, if you have traditional furniture positioned in the room, then you should consider living room tiles like the Scabos Travertine Versailles Ashlar Pattern Tiles that can boost the elegance of your space.
Wall art and living room accessories should also be taken into consideration, as they might guide you through the process if you try to combine the tiles with their colors and styles.
Size of the room
The room size is probably your main consideration when it comes to choosing tiles. Depending on the size, you are going to decide what type of tiles you are able to buy according to their cost. Fortunately, there are quality tiles in all price ranges.
For smaller or narrower living rooms, you could go for more expensive floor tiles of high quality. Such an example of awesome floor tiles are the SomerTile FGFROVGR Rovere, which can be used both as floor and wall tiles. They are a bit more expensive than the average tiles, but they are the perfect option for small living rooms if you can afford it.
On the other hand, for large living rooms where you need to cover big areas, we recommend going for more affordable options such as the Daltile Hexagon White Porcelain Mosaic Tile. They are very durable, pretty and will allow you to cover the flooring of extremely large living rooms without spending a fortune.
The texture of the tiles
The texture is what makes the difference regarding tiles. It is going to define the entire style of your living room, and will determine how easy it is going to be to clean the floor on your own, or keep taking care of the tiles on a regular basis.
The two main types of textures for tiles are matt, such as the M S International Navona Luna, and polished like the Carrara Hexagon Polished Tile. Both can transform the look of your living room in no time, and they come in logical prices considering their magnificent quality.
There are lots of factors someone should take into serious consideration before purchasing floor tiles for the living room. The cost, the size of the room and the decoration are three of the most important, and it is recommended that keep them in mind in order to make the best choice for our room.
Make your own research and learn about the quality of the tiles you are about to buy.
Pretty up your living room!