MEASURE YOUR ROOM
We put together an easy step-by-step guide to getting the correct measurements for your project.
HOW TO BUY TILES
How to buy tiles online using tilecloud.com.au We take a look at the new way to buy tiles. Its fast, its convenient and you get what you want.
NATURAL STONE FINISHES
We discuss polished tiles, honed tiles, tumbled tiles, flamed tiles and sawn tiles. Whether you need to know which tile is best for bathroom floors, kitchen splashbacks or around your pool area, we discuss the pros and cons of each finish and which ones are best for each application.
HOW TO CHOOSE TILE TYPES
We discuss gloss tiles, polished tiles, matt tiles, semi-polished tiles lappato tiles, grip tiles and external tiles. Whether you need to know which tile is best for bathroom floors, kitchen splashbacks or around your pool area, we discuss the pros and cons of each finish and which ones are best for each application.
TILECLOUD X DESIGNTWINS
This week we had the amazingly talented Crystal from Design Twins stop by and show us how to style up a day bed using lots of goodies from the Design Twins store.
Ceramic Tile - a clay-bodied tile which is typically glazed and fired. less dense than a porcelain tile. Typically found on walls.
Cushion Edge - a rounded edge on a tile
Grout - the filler between tiles
Porcelain Tile - a refined clay-bodied tile which has been fired at a higher temperature than ceramic to create a harder, denser tile. Typically found on floors and walls.
Rectified Edge - a square cut edge on a tile
Sealer - a liquid coating applied after tiling to 'seal' tiles from surface damage such as staining
Vitrified Tile - another name for a porcelain tile. The process of creating a porcelain tile is called 'vitrification'.
BATHROOM RENOVATING CHECK LIST
1. Design your new bathroom and work out how best to use the space
2. Obtain permission from council or strata to do the works if required
3. Order the tiles and fixed furniture (tap ware, toilet, sink, shower screen etc)
4. Remove all fixed furniture and demolish existing bathroom wall and floor finishes
5. Install new plumbing and electrical services as required
6. Sheet or render walls to provide flat surface for tiling later
7. Waterproof floor and shower walls
8. Screed floor including falls towards the floor waste
9. Tile the floor
10. Tile the walls
11. Grout the floor and walls 12. Install new fixed furniture
LETS TALK SCALE
Not all tile shapes and sizes work well in every room. We wanted to provide a few rules of thumb to go by when selecting the correct tile size for your project.
the bigger the room, the larger the tile. The smaller the room, the smaller the tile. This one seems simple but can often be the reason a tiny bathroom feels even smaller.if you have a plain tile, increase the style with an interesting laying pattern. The humble 300 x 600 gloss white wall tile can be elevated to another level with some creative laying - try a vertical brick bond pattern.grout lines attract the eye. Have you noticed the girl in the vertical striped dress looks taller? Same principle with tiles - use the grout lines to your advantage. In a room with a low ceiling, lay narrow 300 x 100mm tiles vertically on the wall in a stack bond pattern to create lots of vertical lines. The lines draw the eye and create a taller feeling in the room.
There is certainly a few exceptions to the above rules but if you start with these principles, you will be well on your way to a designer masterpiece.
LETS TALK TEXTURE
Choosing the right texture of tiles will ensure that they perform in your chosen application.
We have put together a quick list of all the available texture types for both man made tiles and natural tiles and their uses.
FINDING A TILER
Its important to make sure you have the right people doing your install. The most beautiful tiles in the world cannot out-shine a mediocre installation.
Depending on the size of the job, you may want to do the work yourself. This is fine for smaller projects but as the complexity increases, there is plenty of advantage in calling on some expert help.
Smaller local tilers from the local papers can often be the most cost effective solution to a residential project. By minimizing daily travel expenses and down-time sitting in traffic, they can focus on getting the job done. Be sure to request job references of other customers as there is less consistency with the small contractors. There is plenty of gems out there in this category.
It is often asked what the purpose of grout actually is. Grout is used to fill the spaces in-between tiles.
So if we get rid of the spaces in between the tiles, does that mean we don’t need grout? Not quite.
The spaces are there to help make up for the slight size variation that is inherent in all tile sizes. The greater the variation in size of the tile, the larger the grout joint you will want to use to help minimize the look of unequally sized tiles.
Grout has a functional purpose but it can also be used to dramatically change the look of your tiles. The more grout lines, the greater the impact they will have on the overall appearance. Play around with color and size to make your project unique.
KITCHEN FLOOR TILE IDEAS
Have flare for renovation? Or are you looking for a quick, time efficient and convenient way to shop for tiles for your next project? TileCloud have made it easy to buy, compare and touch the tiles of your dreams all from the comfort of your own home.
TileCloud has one of Australia’s biggest and best range of tiles there is to offer on their website, all of which are stylish and on trend, and is sure to impress even the self-proclaimed interior decorator in your life.
TileCloud know how frustrating it is to be faced with the important task of picking the right tile to compliment your space, and just how time consuming it can be to go from warehouse to showroom, simply to find the right fit for you and your vision,
so we have created a fool proof way to choose a product that can suite your budget and location.