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Choose the right tile for your space with this handy ad­vice


A matt fin­ish is per­fect for a mod­ern, in­dus­trial feel, whereas a gloss fin­ish is a more clas­sic op­tion, plus it also helps to re­flect light around your space. You can even choose metal­lic tiles for in­stant glam­our. FLAT Or bev­elled? Choose flat edges for a con­tem­po­rary look, or opt for bev­elled edges for a tra­di­tional, coun­try-style feel.

CON­TRAST­ING Or match­ing grout?

Dark grout­ing on pale tiles makes each tile pop and high­lights the pat­tern, whereas match­ing grout cre­ates a calm, seam­less look. For a sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive up­date to a kitchen or bath­room, re­grout your ex­ist­ing tiles in a new colour – you’ll be amazed at the dif­fer­ence it makes. did YOU KNOW? ‘When tiling a wall with metro tiles, al­ways start from the cen­tre line of the wall and work out­wards. That way, the cut pieces at the edges will be sym­met­ri­cal,’ says rob malt­man at Walls and Floors. ‘Smaller h7.5xw15cm metro tiles are great for a more snug and tra­di­tional look, while larger h10xw30cm metro tiles help make a room feel larger.’

bear in mind...

In­ex­pen­sive tiles don’t nec­es­sar­ily mean low qual­ity. How­ever, it’s a good idea to see a sam­ple be­fore buy­ing so you can check the colour, fin­ish and qual­ity.

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