While designing a space it is very important to choose the right materials to ensure that your space is safe, long lasting and eye pleasing. This is why choosing the right tile for your space is very important. Today, with the advent of technology, tiles are available in a number of materials, finishes, designs, sizes and shapes. Each feature has a different impact on the functionality as well as the aesthetic of the tile. For example, a matte finish on the tile helps increase traction and reduces slips and accidents. On a similar tangent, large tiles can make your space look a lot bigger. So, while choosing the right tile for your space it is important to keep a lot of factors in mind.
Types of Tiles Finish
As we all know tiles are available in a number of finishes. These finishes not only have an impact on the look of the tile, but also on the usability of the tile. Each finish comes with its own set of pros and cons. Let’s take a look at the finishes tiles are available in
- Matte Finish Tiles
Matte finish tiles come with a surface that has a hard and granular feel. The tiles also have a surface that is non-reflective, giving the space a bold and rustic look. Matte finish tiles are often preferred as floor tiles, especially in bathrooms and outdoor areas, since they increase traction and reduce the chances of accidents. But, since these tiles do not reflect light, they can be a detrimental choice in spaces that have sparse light. There are both pros and cons of matte finish tiles and it is best to consider both before installing them in your home.
- Glossy Finish Tiles
Glossy finish tiles, as the name suggests, come with a layer of gloss on their surface that reflects light. These tiles have the ability to brighten up a space since they reflect all light – natural or artificial. Best used on walls, the tiles can also be used on floors in spaces that do not see heavy foot traffic or moisture use. Since the tiles have a smooth surface, they are easy to clean, making them an ideal choice for use on walls of bathrooms, kitchens (including the backsplash area) and dining rooms.
- Sugar Finish Tiles
Sugar finish tiles make for a great choice for any area you wish to give a unique look. Manufactured using a special process, sugar finish tiles come with a consistent grainy, almost sugar-like finish (hence the name!) While the tiles are slightly expensive than regular tiles, owing to the special manufacturing process that they require, the overall look of the tile makes them a great investment. These tiles can be used both indoors and outdoors and are guaranteed to elevate the look of any space that they are added to.
- Satin Finish Tiles
While satin finish tiles have a look that is very similar to matte finish tiles, the surface of these tiles has a small degree of shine that gives the tile a mysterious sparkle. The tiles have a look that is softer than the traditionally “hard looking” matte finish tiles and the surface is also smoother. These tiles are best used in spaces where you need the grit and functionality of matte finish tiles, but also need the shine of glossy finish tiles. While not as reflective as glossy tiles, satin finish tiles do reflect some degree of light, making them a great choice for darker rooms.
- Super Glossy Tiles
As the name makes it obvious, super glossy tiles come with a surface that reflects maximum light. These tiles come with an enamel coating that reflects additional light, making the tiles super shiny. The tiles are ideal for use in smaller spaces, since these tiles can make the space look brighter and bigger. The biggest (and the most obvious) difference between these tiles and glossy tiles is the amount of light they reflect.
- Reactive Tiles
Reactive tiles have a rough and crevices surface that emulates the feel of natural stone. The rough surface, though difficult to clean, helps add character and charisma to any space. Often used in large spaces like a foyer or living room, these tiles can transform any space into a stylish one.
- Lapato Finish Tiles
The word “lapato” means semi polished or honed in Italian. Hence, lapato finish refers to a semi gloss look that is achieved when a shiny texture is added to its surface. It can be said to be a perfect marriage between glossy and matte finishes, providing the look of both in a single tile. The tiles are often used in combination with natural stone, since the tiles help emphasise their beauty.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing a tile. What may be a right tile for the bathroom may not be the right choice for a living room. So, the definition of a “right tile” for your space completely depends on your requirements – both functional and aesthetic. In order to choose the right tile it is important to understand this re.
Isha Tandon has worked within the architecture and interior design industry as a flooring consultant expert – specializing in tiles, stones, and terrazzo. She has worked with Orientbell Limited, a leading tile manufacturer in India, as a product development manager in the design team and has recently joined the marketing team as their digital content expert. Her experience comes in handy in understanding the audience as she creates value-driven functional & informational content for the readers. She creates lifestyle pieces that focus on interior design & home renovation products, trends, and processes. She loves to travel to historic places with rich architecture.