A Modern Guide to Residential Tile

Published / by Paul Conroy

Here are some tips in selecting bathroom tile:

They are conventional – they come in typical sizes and are consistent between one order and the next. They are straight-forward to work with and our tile sub-contractors are familiar with them. Bespoke, hand-crafted tiles made by artisans are unpredictable and can introduce undesirable variables to the equation -these variables very rarely cost less or speed up a project timeline.

They are available nationally – exotic tiles from far-off lands have long lead times and it can be very difficult to order more later. Let’s face it, all the careful planning and over-ordering in the world can never remove the variable of potentially needing more.

Bathroom Tiles

These tiles avoid fashion – given that tile work is a relatively permanent feature in a home, it always amazes us how trendy tile design has become. While it’s tough to predict what will be timeless in 10, 20, 50 years, our money is on these tiles.

They are not decorative – these tiles have a function (namely to be durable and keep the water contained) and they create a visual backdrop rather than making a pattern, design feature or focal point.

They are bigger – all tile is a bit inconsistent – it’s simply the nature of a ceramic kiln fired product, or stone or other similar material. These inconsistencies may only be 1/32” for an individual tile, but these fluctuations add up over the tile courses. Although larger tiles provide a crisp, modern aesthetic, they too can be inconsistent and imperfect- this imperfection must be embraced or everyone will just be unhappy in the end.

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