Wall Tiles

Wall tiles are strong, durable, and hardwearing wall coverings that create easy-to-clean yet stylish surfaces in the home. Ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone are some of the most common — and most traditional — wall tile materials, but within the past few years there has been increasing interest in some of the more unusual textures, including glass, slate, and limestone. Many wall tile providers are now offering a diverse range of materials to suit all preferences, living spaces, and design requirements.

Wall tiles have been used for centuries to create long lasting, vivid, and ornamental wall art, with breathtaking examples at Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock, and Turkey’s Topkapi Palace. However, it is only relatively recently that they’ve started to become the preferred option for the home. Many homeowners are now opting for wall tiles over the more standard paint or wallpaper, for a number of reasons – including ease of installation, the variety of patterns, sizes, shapes, and textures, and their low maintenance.

From intricate mosaics to eye catching sparkle accents, there’s plenty to choose from. Despite all the various sizes and shapes that wall tiles come in, they usually have one aspect in common: caring for them and ensuring they stay looking great is almost effortless. Whether it’s a light-reflecting gloss finish, or a more subtle and subdued matt, most tiles can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth, which makes them a very attractive solution for ‘messy’ areas, such as the kitchen and children’s play areas.

The type of wall tile that’s chosen can have a significant effect on the space surrounding it. Smaller tiles, which usually measure around 15 x 15cm or less, are popular for larger areas, as they help to bring a more warming, welcome feel to the environment. In contrast, more sizeable wall tiles, which can measure up to 45 x 90cm, can help to make smaller spaces seem more airy and spacious. Modular tile packs, which incorporate a blend of sizes, give you complete control over the finished look.

Wall tiles are most commonly used in bathrooms, lavatories, and in kitchen areas, but with more and more styles and designs now available, they’re extending beyond the usual spaces. Vibrant colours make it simple to create a feature wall in the bedroom; metro tiles bring a touch of 1920s glamour to hallways; natural wall tiles act as a cool, contemporary alternative to more traditional interior decor. Available in modestly sized packs, wall tiles can even be used on a small scale, like creating a kitchen splashback.

It’s not just the type of wall tile that plays a role in the overall look and feel of your home. In fact, the grout that’s used can be an equally important decision. There has been a growing trend in recent years for homeowners to select plainer, cheaper wall tiles over their patterned alternatives, and customise the look using contrasting grouts, such as white grout against a black tile for a monochrome effect, or glittered grouts against a bright white ceramic. There’s more you can do with a wall tile than you think!

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