A Few Tips from our Design Consultant

For those of you who don't already know me, my name is Sam and I am the Design Consultant here at WTC.  I have always had a passion for interior design and have worked for interior magazines Living etc, Style at Home and Ideal Home.

I wanted to talk about the importance of making sure you are picking the correct tile to go in your home. Whether its a 200 m2 new build like this photograph (at this point we were choosing the shade of tile) or a new kitchen or utility floor.

For me there a couple of things to put on your "tick list" here is a couple of pointers to keep in mind, hopefully these will help you when making a decision.

1. Durability, unlike other products, tiles and specifically porcelain are some of the strongest most durable products you can put on your floor. You know its going to be down a long time once you've picked the right one so why pick something that it going to deteriorate. Porcelains can be vacuumed, steam mopped and if you fancy, tap danced on and are not going to scratch or mark. Great news for pet owners too.

2. Size, does size matter? Yes. You need to keep in mind the size of the area to tile, and go from there. Obviously don't go with massive tiles in a small space, you will end up with a lot of waste.  Big tiles are a huge hit at the minute, who doesn't want less grout lines!!

3. Colour.  Now you can either go for a statement floor, but please don't go statement floor and statement worktop and units. It will be too much in one space regardless of the size. 

4. Lighting..  Is there loads of natural light flooding in? Have you got spot lights going in? What colour bulb are you getting? Yes I know its another thing to add to your list, but it really can have a massive impact on how the tiles will look.  I tend to find the cool white bulbs put a slight blue and cold tint on things, whereas a warm white will do what is says and create a cosy warm glow without making everything yellow.

That's just a few things to get you started.

I'm here if you fancy a cuppa and to talk tiles.


Design Consultant

WTC Westerhope