FLOOR tiles set the groundwork for the look and feel of any home, and it is imperative to get it right.
Tile MegaMart design director, Marita Blaschka, has seen all sorts of tile disasters, from bad design to poor workmanship, and warns homeowners embarking on the project to pay attention.
Tiles are a much-favoured flooring option for durability.
Start with a good design, and then consider layout, finishing and waterproofing.
“With my clients, I select the floor tile that suits their taste and then all the other elements, such as paint, car- pet, window treatments, are selected to enhance the main floor tile,” Blaschka says.
“So if you like a relaxed, more casual look, choose a matt finish with earth tones, and possibly a gentle texture. For a more glamorous, crisp look, polished tile sets the right tone.”
Blaschka says it is also important to get the right tiler.
“A tiler or a very knowledgeable builder comes in handy. Or ask an interior designer with flooring knowledge to help,” she says.
“Always ask to see their licence, see pictures of their recent jobs, ask how the edges will be finished (for example corners of walls).’’
And a word of caution to all those DIY-ers out there – tiling in large areas is a project that should not be attempted by amateurs.
“It is certainly something I would not do, as I would want to practise until I had some familiarity,’’ Blaschka says.
“Tiles are heavy and delicate until they are laid and grouted. It’s a lot about the preparation, which involves getting the floor levelled, thinking about where to start, what sort of edges to finish, etc.’’
And it’s never “one formula fits all” with tiles, as different areas require different preparation. For more tips go to: tilemegamart.com.au