With examples dating all the way back to the 8th century, tile floors have served as a beautiful and functional choice for generations. The fact that we’re still talking about its beauty and versatility in 2022 speaks to how much simple squares of stone have to offer.
No matter what you are trying to accomplish in your room design, consider tile. Maybe you are looking for a style that is contemporary and modern: tile can create sleek lines and cool tones. Want to foster a Mediterranean theme or invoke the magic of places even further east? Tile carries with it a rich heritage of interior design. Tile is perfect for designs ranging from beautiful simplicity to almost mathematic complexity.
A Lot of Choices
One of tile’s many virtues is that it is a marvelous choice for variety. It comes in many colors and materials: ceramic, porcelain, marble, granite and other natural stones, and even glass. If you are looking for subtle embellishment and natural tones, tile floors can fit the bill. If you want bold statements and daring splashes of color, tile may be the right pick for you.
Tile can fit the needs of many a space, however different. Kitchens, bathrooms, terraces and balconies, gathering spaces (indoor and outdoor), pool patios and floors, commercial buildings, etc. can all benefit from tile floors. And speaking of versatility, you don’t just have to put tile on the floor. Tile has been used to decorate walls and even ceilings for nearly as long as humans have been constructing buildings.
Your Choice of Designs
Tile can be as unadorned or as intricate as you prefer. Historically, it has often been painted with delicate details to offer an almost uncanny beauty to the walls and floors it graces. It also provides the unique opportunity to piece together tiles in different colors or patterns. If you are looking for a design element to set your space apart, consider making a mosaic with your tiles on a focal wall, above a door or a hearth.
A Healthy Choice
A tile floor is not an idle floor. While you stand working in the kitchen or the dog bolts across to the window, your tile is working, working to make your home a safer place. Most tiles are natural stone, and so they offer dust- and other pollutant-resistant properties. This makes tile floors a good fit for people with asthma or allergies, the hypoallergenic choice. Because it is usually inorganic, tile will stave off mold and mildew better than wood.
The Green Choice
Tile is usually made from natural stone or composite, not PVS, vinyl, or acrylic. This means that the manufacture of tile recycles materials that were already here and does not create the noxious chemicals used in the production of synthetic plastics. If you’re looking to design an environmentally-conscious space, tile’s the ticket.
As mentioned above, tile’s natural materials must be quarried or shaped, but either way, they come from the earth. The world’s quarries are full to the brim with beautiful stone just waiting to be cut into beautiful tilework for your home.
The Safe Choice
Natural stone is durable and dependable, which is why it has been a staple of construction for thousands of years. While this durability is a perk all its own, it is the product of several other benefits that tile lends. Tile floors can be slip-resistant, making them an excellent choice for spaces that are likely to get wet: bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, etc. They are also fire-resistant. The nonflammable properties of stone provide reassurance that a home with tile floors is less susceptible to damage by fire.
The Cool Choice
Tiles are denser than many other flooring materials, which means they conduct heat very well. Particularly helpful if you live in a warm climate, tiles absorb heat rapidly and do not give it back, so they feel cooler than other less-effective conductors in a room. This is one reason tiles are so common poolside.
Choosing Wilson’s Paint and Floor Coverings
At Wilson’s Paint and Floor Coverings, we know you have a lot of choices to make when it comes to your floors. The multitude of options can feel overwhelming and cumbersome, but the decision doesn’t have to be stressful. If you are considering tile floors, or if you are leaning in another direction altogether, let one of our experienced team members work with you to find the right flooring fit. We are here to help you make the perfect choice for you.