Slice of Style – Size Matters
Last blog we discussed all the many different ways to lay your average 12×24 tile to enhance your space. This blog we will be discussing different size tiles to help enhance the space. Keep in mind all the layouts and see how they can be applied to all the different sizes.
Good things come in small packages!
Mosaics are becoming quite popular in small applications such as powder rooms, bathrooms, and front entrances. They add a classic and sometimes retro look to a modest area. Usually, mosaics are priced quite a bit higher than your average tile so keeping it to a contained area helps keep the cost down and the glam up!
The classic average
The classic 12×12 or 13×13 has been a popular tile for many years and is still being installed daily. It is simple tile to install in a variety of locations. The 12×12 can even be applied as a simple inexpensive backsplash. Marble, Travertine, and Slate are more commonly found in a 12×12, where as a 13×13 is seen mostly in the manufactured products such as porcelain and ceramic. The 12×12 and 13×13 are slightly less in price due to them becoming so common over the years. This is the perfect fit for small bathrooms.
Rectangular 12×24 is definitely the most popular these days with so many ways to lay them the possibilities are endless. Like the 12×12 and 18×18, the 12×24 comes in both natural stone and porcelain but not in ceramic as it’s not strong enough. The rectangle helps give your space a slightly more modern look compared to the 12×12 and it looks fantastic both horizontally and vertically. Due to the popularity of the 12×24 they are sometimes priced slightly more than the squares but not by much.
When using large format tiles, you used to be limited to just 18×18, but larger tiles are becoming more and more mainstream with many products even reaching 24×48. One of the bonuses of using large tiles is you will have less grout lines, making maintenance slightly easier. In natural stone the largest size available is a 16×24 as anything larger becomes very fragile and you will end up with lots of breakage before install. Large format tiles can be used in many applications such as fireplaces, large showrooms, accent walls, offices, or foyers often helping large spaces look less cluttered. They can be applied on horizontal or vertical surfaces, but because they are so large they may not be suitable for all spaces.
Bolder Panel are relatively new to the scene. They are thin marble, travertine, or onyx slabs that can be applied to any large vertical surfaces. They come in two sizes 4’x8’ or 5’x8’ and make a major statement. They range in prices $40-$120/SQF with installation included. Designers are using these Bolder Panels for shower walls, allowing for a groutless seamless look, fireplaces with book matched seams, accent walls and even as just a work of framed art. The onyx Bolder Panel can even be back lit with LED light panels allowing for a beautiful light feature adding ambiance to any room. The possibilities are really endless with this new product. Designers, architects, and contractors are coming up with new and unique was to use them every day!
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