Tiling tips laid out
MORE women are picking up the tools to give home improvement projects a go.
Reality TV shows such as The Block have inspired many women to have a go at tasks including tiling.
Tile specialist Christie Wood says curious women are turning up at their Beaumont Tiles’ showrooms to learn more about tiling.
“Tiling needs patience, precision and a bit of nerve thrown in . . . for first time tilers, I’d suggest kicking up your feet, doing research, watching television shows or observing someone actually tiling for ideas,” she says.
Before starting the project, Wood suggests going out and hanging out in tile specialist shops to learn about the product (types, surfaces, trends etc). Here, Wood answers some common concerns women have about tiling projects: Where do I start? Have a vision and budget. I’ve spent hours pouring over blogs/magazines. How can I make a decision on designs? To break a deadlock (which is usually between functional and beautiful design), go with a simple but luxurious, traditional canvas. Try stone or stone lookalike. Set aside an area to play. Knock yourself out with colour, texture or even a plain tile layered in a different direction like herringbone or basket weave. Remember – you can always tile over tiles. Best tiles to use in a bathroom (for kids’ safety)? Most tiles have an ‘R’ rating and some are even suitable for kids. R denotes a product’s slip resistance. Most everyday matt tiles are rated R9. R10 are for areas with some safety concerns, for example wet traffic rooms like the bathroom. R11 is for higher safety areas like pools and alfresco. How long will the project take? Plan for a week, allow for a fortnight. For more information see: tile.com.au