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How to decorate with tile

By Charles Hopkins Published 03/13/2006 | Home Improvement

Tile is a great way to add texture, pattern, color, and beauty to any room in your home.  Tile is a long lasting and durable material to use in any room of your house and it will stay looking great for years to come.  There are so many different types of tile.  You can find many colors and textures of tiles for any design theme or style. 

When thinking about what tile to use, there are some tips that you can follow to help you in your decision.  There are a few questions to ask yourself before you buy your tile.  Do you like formal or informal?  Do you like traditional or contemporary design?  You also have to consider your budget and where you want to put it and how much tile you are going to need.

The first thing that you need to figure out is where you are going to be putting the tile.  If you are using the tile for a floor, backsplash, or counter, you may need to use different kinds of tile for each project.    You will need to decide what size of tiles you want for your intended use.

Measure the area that you are going to be placing the tile.  This will help you figure out how much tile you want to get to make your creation.  Once you know how many tiles you are going to need, you can figure out how much you will have to spend on them.  Tiles do not cost the same.  It depends on the texture and the pattern of the tile.  It does not necessarily mean that you are getting a better tile if it is more expensive.  It just means that it is a different brand or texture.


If you want the marble look or shinny finish to your tile, you are probably going to be paying more for it.  If you want the more rugged look, you will probably pay a little less for your tile.  Colors may be different in price too.  Blacks and combination colors are going to cost more.  Your one color tile will be less expensive, but you will get the same great durability with either kind. 

Once you have chosen your tile, you will have to pick out a color of grout.  The grout that you choose should match or accent your tile.  There are lots of colors to look at and you need to decide if you want them to blend or to contrast with each other.  You will have to grout the tile to make sure that they stay in place.

Taking care of tile is easy.  You do not have to pay too much attention to the tile when it comes to maintenance.  Just wiping it clean with a little water and some cleanser is all you will need.  It will however, depend on the kind of tile you use and how you clean it.  Some tile will give you instructions on how to maintain it.  If it does not come with instructions, you can look it up online to find out the best way to take care of your tile.