Inspiration and DIY Looking at Tiles for Sale? How to Find Colors and Materials That Inspire You



Tile is designed with versatility in mind, and it comes in a wide range of colors, materials and sizes. Take time to think about what kind of designs will work with your existing home decor and personal style to find the perfect fit.

Differences in Tile Materials

To help you distinguish between different types of tile, you may want to compare factors and ratings provided by the manufacturer. Depending on their intended usage, some tiles are built to withstand heavy floor traffic and others are made just for the wall. Still other tiles are made to handle temperature fluctuations and are suitable for exterior use. Knowing your options when choosing tile will help you select the best materials for your needs.

Ceramic and Porcelain

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are excellent in many applications. You will find variations of both materials made for indoor and outdoor use. To be certified as porcelain, tiles must have a water absorption rate of .5% or less, and they are manufactured to be dense and hard enough to meet this criteria. Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are available in glazed or unglazed finishes. They are also available in a wide range of colors and styles, including designs carrying the look of hardwood flooring or natural stone.

Natural Stone

Natural stone tiles are sourced from materials such as quarry stone, slate, or marble. These tiles introduce a unique elegance and timeless beauty to your home decor. Natural stone tiles can be sealed for protection, but still tend to be less water resistant than porcelain and ceramic tiles. Stone tiles havehigh color variation, which means that no two natural stone floors will look the exactly the same. To view the range of color variation for natural stone, look through a sample of tiles to get a feel for the finished project.

Travertine Flooring

Mosaic and Decorative Tiles

Mosaic tiles are often mounted on mesh or dots of adhesive in 12 x 12 blocks to make installation easier. Mosaics can be made of ceramic, glass, or stone, and are a popular choice for backsplashes and other wall applications. Additionally, decorative tiles made of glass or metal can be used to accent your home decor. Incorporating a border into your kitchen design or interspersing accent tiles into a bathroom can add color and dimension to your tile project.

Glass Mosaic Tile

When looking at tiles for sale, remember that each material has unique characteristics. With so many options available, you might want to ask for samples and bring a few tile options into your home. Placing sample tiles against your furniture and wall colors may be the easiest way to find the material that works best for you.