How to choose tiles for the floor and wall?

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Knowing the differences between floor and wall tiles is the first step to choosing your tiles successfully.

Ceramic is undoubtedly the material of the moment, capable of offering the same appearance as other traditional building materials such as wood or marble, but with the incredible technical advantages of tiles. Moreover, we can use it for both floors and walls, for interiors and exteriors, even for façades and wet areas.

We find all kinds of finishes and immense sizes and designs, a great versatility and variety that can be overwhelming when deciding on a specific collection. One of the most important decisions is the choice of materials for floor and wall tiling, that is to say, for the floors and walls of our home or business.

Wall tiles

When we think of wall tiles, it is logical to associate them directly with kitchens and bathrooms, which are spaces where tiles provide hygiene and ease of cleaning, always as a complement to the purely aesthetic aspect. Due to its ease of cleaning, ceramic tiles are the perfect material for spaces that must always be clean.

However, ceramic tiles can be used in almost any room in a home. This versatility is even clearer when it comes to public spaces: restaurants, shops or offices are places where we can often see ceramic walls in addition to kitchens and bathrooms.

Walls do not require tiles as resistant as floors, so we can clearly think about using gres or red body collections, a material with an excellent quality-price ratio. These tiles are very resistant, with a great aesthetic and design variety and a moderate cost, both in terms of purchase and installation.

So, if we are only thinking about its use as a wall tile, perhaps gres is the right material. But it may also be that we want the floor and wall to have continuity, i.e., the same design. This brings us to porcelain tile, which can be used both as floor and wall tiles, as long as the dimensions allow it.

Floor tiles

Floor tiles, especially those that are going to withstand the daily passage of many people or those that are outdoors, require significantly more resistance than wall tiles. Porcelain gres is therefore one of the most suitable materials to be installed on the floor: its density and low water absorption make it a material with extraordinary resistance.

The size is another of the big differences between floor and wall tiles. We are used to seeing smaller and generally rectangular ceramic pieces on walls. In addition, most collections combine basic pieces with other decorated pieces that provide richness and versatility, even combining sizes. 

The floor tiles, especially those made of porcelain gres, are available in a wide variety of sizes that resemble the shapes and sizes of the materials they are inspired by. A collection that recreates wood will have a long, narrow size and we can find collections inspired by marble or natural stone, even 2 meters long.

Is it possible to combine different materials and sizes in the same project?

Of course! This is where individual taste comes into play and ceramic is the perfect material thanks to its wide variety of designs, finishes and sizes.

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