*Choosing Ceramic Tile – Size Matters

February 6, 2012

Even if you think you know what you are looking for, walk into a good ceramic tile store. All of a sudden, you are faced with so many different color and style options the preconceived ideas you began with often go out of the window.

With hundreds, if not thousands of different choices, finding the perfect ceramic tile for your project can be a daunting task.

When narrowing down those options, it is well worth remembering the size of the ceramic tile you choose is every bit as important as the design and the color.

Ceramic tiles come in a wide variety of sizes from the tiniest mosaic tiles about an inch square to huge almost slab like versions mainly suited to outdoor use.

Each tile size exists for a reason. Some, especially the smallest tiles, trace their origins back to the Roman baths and the architecture of Ancient Greece.

Other sizes were standardized during the post Second World War building boom. Still, more were created to suit the appetites of modern mall builders, who wanted to cover larger areas with fewer tiles. The rest exist simply because they are aesthetically pleasing.

There is no hard and fast rule for what particular size has to be used for any given project. Part of the beauty of using ceramic tile in your home is it allows a level of design freedom almost unequalled by any other choice.

If you are unsure about how the size of a tile will affect the overall design do not be afraid to ask a salesperson at the tile showroom or store for their input. They may even be able to show you examples of each size installed to help you envisage how it will look in your home!

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