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How Do I Decide Which Size Tiles I Need?

The design trend for large format tiles continues with the 600x300mm size becoming the norm for both porcelain bathroom wall tiles, and the larger square 600x600mm the norm porcelain kitchen floor tiles. The 600x300mm & 600x400mm sizes continue to be the most popular natural stone tile sizes, although with development of large open plan living/dining spaces, larger format 900x600mm tiles such as StoneStore’s Dorset tumbled limestone are increasing in popularity.

But which size is best suited to your tiling project? There are a number of factors to consider:

  1. Availability: porcelain wall and floor tiles are being manufactured in an ever-increasing variety of sizes, grand 800x800mm Solido Grigio Tiles, and 900x600mm Coleridge Flax Tiles are proving popular for both bathroom and kitchen projects. Typically, natural stone tiles are widely available in a standard 600x400, with larger custom formats available subject to quarry possibilities. For example, we work closely with a partner German Jura limestone quarry, who’ve supplied their magnificent limestone tiles in a number of formats and sizes, up to 1200x800cm, subject to a minimum order.
  2. Cost: generally, the larger the tile, the higher the price. The size price difference is wider with marble natural stone tiles, for example Italian classic Bianco Carrara in 600x300 formats is £49.90, and the larger 600x600 format is £75.48. The disparity is due to the challenges of producing premium grade large format tiles without physical defects or aesthetic impurities. By comparison, the consistencies of modern manufacturing techniques enable stone imitation porcelain tiles to be produced at tenable costs across formats, for example Marmo Statuario stunning polished porcelain tiles in a 595x295 format is £41.88, and the bigger 795x795 size is £56.28.
  3. Aesthetics: Always go with the largest format tile available, even it means stretching the budget, as the greater the tile means less grout lines, having less grout lines vastly improves the overall appearance of any tiling project as you see more tile and less grout line. Also, if you’ve selected a natural marble tile, or a porcelain mimic, for its beautiful ribbon veining characteristics, then you’ll be impressed with how the pattern looks on a grander tile.
  4. Layout: A square tile should only be laid in a linear pattern that is arranged in lines. However, a rectangular tile can be laid linear, or overlapping in a ‘brick bond’ design.

If you are floor tiling into multiple rooms, say a hallway, into a kitchen/diner, and into an adjoining cloakroom. Using a ‘brick bond’ design is a good option as it’s likely that the walls won’t be square with each other, and a ‘brick bond’ design will help disguise this as the eye won’t naturally be looking for straight lines. If your preference is for a square tile, but are persuaded by the above reasoning, then consider a tile which is closest in proportion on the length and width. So go for a 900x600 format, where the differential is smaller than that 600x300 sized tile. If a square tile is still your preferred or only option, then ensure you discuss with your tiler the best starting point taken into consideration key features such as kitchen islands.

Generally, larger tiles make a room feel more spacious, which is particularly relevant to bathroom tiling projects. We’ve known customers use 600x600 format tile just in the shower area, on the floor, and with a half tile cut as a splashback to sink – minimum tiling maximum effect. Coupling this with a large mirror is a great way to make a small room feel bigger.

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