Choosing the right coloured floor tiles for your home.

Published: 11th January 2012
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Choosing a floor tile design or colour is really an important decision because it will set the tone of the room, if a dark floor tile colour is chosen, it may make the room appear dull and if there is not too much natural light in the room anyway, this can make the room appear smaller and darker. The floor tiles also need to work well with the other decor in the room.

If you are choosing floor tiles to complement existing wall tile colours and designs, you need to pay special attention to the colours of the wall tiles and the general decor you have in the room. The wall tiles absolutely have to match the floor tiles and not contrast. If you have particular busy wall tiles with lots of pattern, try and pick out the background colour of the wall tiles and look for a similar or as near to shade for the floor tiles.

The style you already have in the room and the theme you are working with also matters, some homes are very obviously modern and contemporary whilst others have a more traditional and older style home theme. If you have worked to a theme in the kitchen area for example, you need to continue this theme when choosing floor tiles. The darker colours of floor tiles such as black are really suited to modern interiors and work well in minimalistic environments. Pastel and neutral earthy tones always work well in traditional settings and these colours can often be easier to match to existing decors.
The lighting in a room plays a major role in how tiles will be perceived, often when you look at floor tiles and wall tiles in a tile store, they look very different when you get them home. All good tile stores will have a section where they will display their tiles in lifestyle form which gives you a good idea what a specific design of tiles looks like but some tile stores will use excessive lighting and the tiles often look different when they are applied into a certain room.

The use of dark colours and light colours can help change the appearance of small and larger rooms, smaller kitchens for example work better with lighter coloured floor tiles and wall tiles and this opens up the small space and makes the most of the space in the room. Larger kitchens are great but they can also feel a little too open and disjointed, using darker colours in very large kitchen can create an illusion where the kitchen walls feel closer and thus the kitchen feels cosier.

In smaller rooms darker colours can be used and some home owners prefer darker coloured floor tiles because they are easier to keep clean, white bright floor tiles are great and look beautiful but some thought has to be given to the long term maintenance solutions, a very light floor tile area will show up the marks easier. If lighter colours need to be used on the floor areas, look at the different options that include many neutral colours such as soft browns, beiges and crèmes which also work well in smaller kitchen areas.

One good idea is to get as many tile samples as you can and take them home and try them out in the room, this is a really good way to get an idea of how certain colours will work in the room. Choosing floor tiles should be done with caution because once they are installed, you often have to live with them for quite some time and if you don’t like the floor tiles you have chosen, it can often be expensive to change them.
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