Tile School: How to Choose Your Floor Tile
A lot of people ask if we have floor tiles and the answer is, yes of course! In fact, all of our tiles are suitable for interior flooring, the application is what dictates which of our materials will work best for you. Hand made tile floor has been popular for ages, as it is durable, low maintenance and visually appealing. And with #IHaveThisThingWithFloors increasing attention to tile flooring, we have no doubts that we'll only be seeing more of it!
Our Glazed Thin Brick, Tile, Non-Slip Tile and Handpainted Collections can all be used for flooring, it just depends on where you're using it. Below, we're sharing tile floor tips for applications by room. Do you have more questions about what might work best for you? Contact us-- we'll be happy to help!
Tile Shown: 2x8 in Flagstone // Design: Lauren Nelson Design // Image: Thomas J Story
For Your Bathroom Floor:
In a bathroom application, the floor, along with the shower pan floor (if there is one) will often be tiled. You can use any of our materials in a bathroom setting unless you are installing a steam shower. Also please note: Our Glazed Thin Brick can only be used on the floor, not the shower pan.
Since the bathroom is a damp environment, it's important to think about slippage. A smaller sized hand made tile floor or a matte finish will serve you (and your feet) well. You can absolutely still use a gloss finish if you like, just consider a bath mat for the areas that will get the dampest. We also recently launched our Non-Slip Tile, which is ideal for wet environments.
Hexagons are a great choice for bathroom floors. A smaller size is great for flooring, as the grout joints will lend themselves to more grip for your feet.
In the shower pan, definitely scale down. 2-3" hexagons are great options for shower floors, as you can see below:
Tile Shown: Flagstone 2" Hexagons; Salton Sea 3x9 // Design + Photo: The Fresh Exchange
You can absolutely still go for gloss on the floor of your bathroom if you wish. We just recommend that you go for a shape that offers more grout joints, like our Diamond Escher:
And last but not least, we love the look of Handpainted flooring:
Try our Color-It-Tool for your own customized handpainted tiles!
For Your Kitchen Floors:
We think that our Tile, Non-Slip Tile, Brick or Handpainted are great options for kitchen flooring. Also, because the kitchen is far less damp than a bathroom setting, you can go for more glossy finishes and larger format sizes if you wish. The point is, you have a lot of options in a hand made tile floor.
We love how our Thin Glazed Brick looks in the kitchen below:
For Your Entryway or Mudroom:
Your entryway or mudroom can be an area that sees a lot of traffic and can also get wet (depending on where you live). We suggest going with a small to medium sized tile in a gloss or matte finish. Since it is bound to get dirty, we recommend choosing a stain resistant grout so that you're not cleaning it all the time.
A matte finish, like the one below, paired with a grey grout is ideal for an entryway:
For commercial flooring, which generally has very heavy traffic, we're always going to recommend our Recycled Clay Body (which is our most durable ceramic material). We also just launched Non-Slip Tile and with over 40+ sizes in 16 colors, there is a style and color perfect for any floor. With a breaking strength of 393 pounds per foot, these new tiles will withstand the rigor of commercial flooring applications while passing the DCOF Test.
If you have questions about commercial flooring, just contact us here.
If your project is in an area where rainfall is frequent we can add abrasive to your glaze selections for extra slip resistance. Cosube Surf in Portland opted for matte colors in our specialty shape Hexite and added our abrasive finish:
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