Getting the Floor Right

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I have seen many floors tiled, you have too. Some done to a subtle artistic finishing that tells the well-intended story, others to average workmanship while others yet to awful boredom. Assuming the same craftsman did the work in all the above cases, I often wonder what would cause the discrepancy in the final output.

And who takes the blame for a lousy looking floor; the craftsman, the interior designer or the client? You get to choose. The concern here, however, is how to do floor tiles properly. Opinions may vary but we have compiled a few guidelines here to escort your efforts appropriately. After all, you ought to get what you pay for.

When it comes to achieving the ultimate floor design for your home or workplace, the question is how do you make the pieces conspire to your visual desires? It can be hard to do and confusing considering the numerous combinations available especially where several colours are involved.

To ward off such unnecessary decision making, most people prefer a single colour choice for the whole floor area, achieving the average look. There are exceptions of course but as a result, the Dutch proverb; it is good to dance on another man’s floor, may be taken literally, but how about dancing on your own floor and enjoying it?

It can in fact be a relatively simple task to achieve given a little thought. First and foremost, you should own the choice since personal since tastes vary. Even when your interior designer does the selection, you should to be the final authority on choice just to be sure. You want to keep in mind that once they are placed, you cannot change them tomorrow without costly aftermaths.

Second is the type of space under consideration. Different parts of the floor in a house require different types of tiles. You don’t want your dinning floor looking like a bathroom floor, although perhaps some may well endure a bedroom floor that looks more like a kitchen floor. Regardless, you ought to take no chances with your living room. Here, the colour design and the surface of the tiles should be carefully selected and arranged.

Bedrooms am told should bear a more calming and perhaps sedative theme, nothing too bright. Nevertheless personal preferences still prevail. Corridors and walkways on the other hand are more neutral grounds but remember that people take notice. A statement of style here too will draw more than ordinary appreciation.

Third and finally is the matter of size. It is important to select tile sizes that are proportionate to the area of the floor. For instance using large-sized tiles on a small room makes the room appear smaller. Also, it may not be particularly appealing to fit small tiles on a relatively large room. And while at it, do not forget to factor in the colours in the room.

Generally, you should visualize and plan the entire space before installing floor tiles in order to avoid weird transitions across the different rooms. For offices the space is much more homogeneous hence easier to deal with.

The final output should perfectly reflect your style, a work of art without blemish. Sometimes ‘because of lack of talent in dancing, the floor is blamed’ according to the Asian proverb. Yet this should not be the case if the job is well done.

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