Transform Your Home With Tiles

Tiles are a hugely versatile way to add character and long-lasting style to your home, and with a bit of hard work you can achieve almost any effect you desire. As tiles are water-resistant, they tend to be used in kitchens and bathrooms - but there's nothing to stop you from using them in other areas. Some people achieve great things with tiling in their living rooms, gardens and even bedrooms.

Choosing the right tiles means looking carefully at the space you're tiling and the effect you want to achieve. For instance, smaller and darker rooms will feel bigger and brighter with light-coloured tiles, while terracotta can be used to achieve a rustic, Mediterranean-style look in the kitchen or bathroom. Natural stone tiles such as marble, slate and granite look beautiful, but remember they are often porous so they'll need to be sealed if you're using them in the kitchen or bathroom. Take a look at these tiles from Tile Depot to get a better idea of your options.

Remember that you don't have to tile an entire wall in order to get an effect: just one strip can act as a border between two colours of paint or wallpaper. Alternatively, tiles are often used to create a splashback in the kitchen, serving as an extension of the worktop to protect the walls from splashes and spills. As they are wipe-clean, water-resistant and easy to maintain, they're the perfect thing for the job.

If you're using floor tiles, bear in mind that they can feel cold underfoot, depending on what you have underneath them. As wood retains heat and "breathes", it will transfer more warmth onto the tiles above it, while stone or concrete floors will feel cooler. If you have concrete floors and like to walk around your house barefoot, it may be worth investing in an undertile heating system!