Beautiful tiles come in all shapes and sizes, from retro square and metro tiles to more traditional Victorian mosaics and patterned encaustic styles. With so much choice, it can be difficult to decide exactly which tile is right for your project. To help you decide, we’re putting together a series of articles looking at the benefits of different tile styles, starting with five reasons to use large-format tiles in your space!
If you are looking to maximise the look of your space, then large-format tiles are a great option. The larger the tile the fewer grout lines will be visible. When used on floors, this apparent seamlessness can help to visually extend a room, giving the impression that the space is even bigger than it is in real life.
Here you can see how our large format Luca Calacatta marble-effect tiles have been used to create a seamless space that helps to bounce light around the room creating the illusion of additional space.
A more practical reason to opt for a large-format tile is the reduction in installation time. The larger the tile, the fewer tiles necessary to cover your space, making installation quicker. This is a plus whether you are fitting the tiles yourself or having them installed professionally!
Larger tiles also result in much fewer grout lines as the tile itself covers larger surface area. Fewer grout lines across a space makes it easier to achieve a sharp and unified finish that will make a truly seamless space.
We recommend choosing a grout in a similar colour and tone to your chosen tile and minimising the width of your grout lines to maximise the seamless effect of your space. Here, you can see how our stunning Alfresco Perla tile has been used to achieve a seamless indoor/outdoor look.
Improvements in digital printing mean that porcelain tiles can now be used to give a convincing impression of a huge range of materials, from marble and stone to wood and even fabric. This offers a more cost-effective alternative to real stone tiles, giving the same continuous effect – that is even more striking when using large-format tiles.
Using large format floor tiles in an open plan space helps to create a level of cohesion throughout the scheme, allowing you to tie together different zones – such as cooking, dining, and relaxing spaces. Alternatively, why not use the same large tiles across both the floor and walls? In the scheme above, our Rome Invisible tiles (ADD LINK) in White have been used to create a stunning kitchen that is maximised by using the same continuous patten across the floor, walls, and splashback.
Another practical reason for choosing a larger tile format is the reduced maintenance and increased hygiene! As we have already touched on, larger tiles mean that there are fewer grout lines and, therefore, fewer places for dirt and bacteria to find itself. That means less time spent cleaning, which is always a bonus.
If you want to take the hygiene of your tiled floors to the next level, why not consider the Lulworth range? Available in two stunning colourways, the Lulworth range is our first tile made using an innovative Microban agent which is incorporated into the tile itself, making the most hygienic porcelain tile on the market!