How To Achieve An Expensive Look With Budget Tiles
Tiles are one of the most popular flooring options for your home. Their versatile nature, waterproofing qualities and compatibility with different floor heating systems, make them suitable for a number of rooms. They also have their aesthetic appeal with varied patterns and options available. Any building store is bound to offer you numerous designs and tiles solutions for you to use. The challenge for many is the cost involved. You may want to use several of the top end tiles but the full home construction or remodeling cost may leave you working on a tight budget. This is especially true when you are considering integrating floor heating as part of the whole project.
The good news is that tiles offer a perfect solution for this case. Not only do they augment the effectiveness of heated floors but also offer a high end look on a budget. Get budget tiles and use the following trick to achieve warm floors and an expensive look.
1. TAKE CARE OF THE FINISHES
The first trick is more of a precaution. Regardless of the type of tile you use expensive or budget, the overall look will depend on your finishing. The installation has to be done properly to allow for clean, finished edges. Most of the other tricks will depend on the ability to achieve a clean and seamless installation. When budget tiles are installed in such a cleanly finished manner, they always achieve that expensive look.
2. SET THE TILES ON AN ENTIRE WALL OR UP TO THE CEILING
Using budget tiles more expansively always achieves a luxurious look compared to using a few expensive ones. You can have tiles set on multiple walls or just one main wall especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Installing tiles from the floors to the ceiling allows you to achieve a grandiose look. A tiled ceiling also helps accentuate decorative details like lighting or shower alcove in the ceiling as well as a large windowsill. It is also practical when used in the bathroom where water proofing is essential.
3. TIGHTEN UP THE SPACING
This is very essential if you are looking to avoid an obvious tile look. Go for tiles that offer tight grout lines. Using minimal grout lines and then matching the grout colors to the tile colors allows you to be subtle. The tiles get an interesting almost mysterious look as a texture and still offer you a water proof surface.
4. PICK AN UNUSUAL LAYING PATTERN
Running and linear bonds are very common ways of laying tiles. An expensive look needs to be unique and a bit unusual. This means you will need to get creative or work with a stylish professional to use chevrons, graduated progressions or spiral patterns as a way of laying the tiles. The end result achieves the high end look but with budget tiles.
5. COMBINE WITH AN EXPENSIVE MATERIAL
You can use an expensive and wild material say on the floor or on a backsplash but then keep the rest of the room neutral with budget tiles of complimenting color. It ensures the expensive part gets all the attention complimented by a net backdrop.