When it comes to renovating your home, one of the most important decisions you will make is what type of tile to choose. There are many different types of tiles available on the market, each with its unique benefits and drawbacks. If you’re looking for a tile that will give your home a stylish European look, then you should consider choosing a European tile. In this blog post, we will provide tips on how to choose the perfect European tile for your home.

Materials

A variety of European tile materials are available for selection. Each of these has its advantages and disadvantages and spaces where they work best.

-Ceramic tiles are a classic European tile material. They are durable, easy to clean and come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Ceramic tiles are a good choice for areas that see a lot of foot traffic, such as kitchens and bathrooms. One drawback of ceramic tiles is that they can be slippery when wet.

Ceramic

  • Water and stain-resistant
  • Easy to install
  • Suitable for interior walls, floors, and countertops

-Porcelain tiles are great all-purpose tile material. They repel water and stains and aren’t easily scratched or chipped. You can use them practically anywhere.

Porcelain

  • Waterproof and stain-proof
  • Resistant to scratches and chips
  • Suitable for almost any room or surface -floor, wall, countertop, or outdoors

-Glass tiles repel water and stains like porcelain but have the benefit of being easier to clean. They go best in high-moisture areas like bathrooms and pools.

Glass Tile

  • Waterproof and stain-proof
  • Easy to clean
  • Suitable for shower walls, pools, and outdoors

-Natural Stone tiles radiate an aura of sophistication and luxury. They are often used in both interiors and exteriors to “open up” the area, creating a seamless flow. Best of all, their iconic beauty adds value to any property and will remain unaffected by ephemeral trends.

Natural Stone

  • Elevates any space with unique coloring and veining.
  • Adds property worth and increases resale value.
  • Ideal for both interior and exterior applications. 

-Metal tiles have the advantage of being simple to place and clean.  They make a great addition to any kitchen or bathroom wall.

Metal Tile

  • Easy to install and maintain
  • It makes a great feature wall or backsplash
  • Suitable for floors, walls, and countertops

-Quarry tiles are great for high-traffic areas that see a lot of moisture. These features make them ideal for outdoor residential or light commercial areas.

Quarry

  • Stain-resistant
  • Easy to maintain
  • Good slip resistance when wet -ideal for outdoors and flooring

Location

The space where you install your tiles is the first factor you need to consider. For example, locations that will have moisture, like bathrooms and kitchens, require waterproof materials like ceramic or glass. If you choose tiles for flooring, they will need to be durable enough to withstand foot traffic. Ceramic or porcelain are good choices.

Durability

Once you have narrowed down your options based on location, it is time to consider durability. You always want something that is going to be long-lasting while being realistic about the materials. Natural stone stains and marble chips. Factor this in!

Size

An underappreciated element of tile planning is the size of the tiles themselves. European tiles come in a variety of sizes. The size of the tile will depend on the space you are working with and the look you want to achieve. If you want a more traditional look, then you should choose smaller tiles. For a modern look, go for larger tiles. Choosing large tiles creates the effect of making the room itself seem more extensive. This illusion works because fewer grout lines break the pattern. Smaller tiles work better in smaller spaces or as a backsplash.

Style

Style is another place where moisture comes into play. If you are installing tile in a high-moisture room like a bathroom or kitchen, you may want matte or textured tiles as opposed to a smooth finish. This is because smooth finishes are slippier and could prevent a falling hazard. The texture of the tiles also adds to the aesthetics of the space. With a contrasting grout, the right style of tiles can make a room pop.

Grout

Grout might be one of the most overlooked aspects of tiles, but it is one of the most important. A color of grout that closely matches the tiles makes the grout challenging to notice, creating a uniform look. A contrasting color of grout draws attention and can make individual tiles stand out. Consider your choice of tile and the kind of effect you want when choosing your grout.

A Good Contractor

Most of all, your chief consideration should be choosing a company that can help you choose and install the European tiles that are right for you. That’s why you want Island Tile! With tile experience since the late ’80s and contacts in places like Italy and Spain, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with Island Tile. Whether you want elegant marble, a coastal look, boutique decorative, or otherwise, you can count on Island Tile!