Tiles for the bathroom: Do you all know about the usual tile?
Table of contents
- 1 Attention to the floor
2 Tiles for walls
- 2.1 change the space
- 2.2 On the styles put in a word
- 3 I confess his love for her
- 4 On the podium tiles: fashion trends
- 5 Where, who and how much?
- 6 Summing up
The first samples of tiles have been found in the Tigris and Euphrates. The ancestor of modern tiles often had the appearance of a mosaic, and was used extensively for the walls of temples and houses of the nobility.
Today, nobody will be surprised tiles, it has become one of the most popular finishing materials and virtually indispensable when it comes to the bathroom.
The most popular material for finishing the bathrooms
Properly selected tiles can become a major highlight of the interior
Attention to the floor
I will not open you to America if I say that the tile is divided into floor and wall. In the last valuable decorative features, but in the case of a floor on the first place there is the issue of security.
But even high performance requirements are not deprived of the floor tile decoration
Floor tiles in the bathroom - what to look for when choosing?
Specify clear requirements for finishing materials on the basis of the specifics of the room. What awaits us in the bathroom? High humidity, temperature change, and the active use of detergents.
The use of a single collection in the floor and wall finishing
Let's start with the main characteristic of which is reflected in many of the properties of ceramic tiles, now we are talking about porosity. This indicator is characterized by the amount of water absorbed by tiles, and is a percentage which indicates an increase in mass due to water absorption tile.
Bathroom tiles suitable for category 1 and 2; 3 - it has a high porosity and is only used in the lining of the walls.
The use of porcelain stoneware floor
Reduced porosity higher firing temperature is reached, the latter leads to shrinkage and need calibration. The lower the porosity, the higher the bending strength and resistance to mechanical influences (for neglazurirovannyh products).
Floor tiles in the style of patchwork
Mechanical characteristics determine how tiles will be stable when exposed to furniture and cleaners.
A little more "patchwork"
High resistance to bending is provided by low absorption of water. The highest rate has granite, lower - single-fired tiles.
Floor patchwork in conjunction with the tile that mimics a brick and natural wood
The durability of the coating while maintaining an attractive appearance depends on criteria such as surface hardness on the Mohs scale and durability.
Options for combining tiles
Surface hardness determined by applying to tiles of different natural minerals and denoted by the numeral 1 to 10.
Follow less stable at the beginning of the list, they are difficult to withstand the impact of:
- talc (1)
- gypsum (2),
- Calcite (3)
- fluorite (4),
- apatite (5).
Much higher quality tile that passed the test:
- feldspar (6)
- quartz (7)
- topaz (8),
- corundum (9)
- diamond (10).
Imitation wood and stone
The hardness of the material also depends on the type of surface, even a minor scratch is noticeable on the glossy tile floor so I recommend to select a matte tiles.
Floor tiles may also have interesting shapes in the form of polyhedra, and even circles
Abrasion resistance is measured in units of I to V. even the minimum figure is suitable for bathrooms (Group I).
"Checkmate" in floor finishing
But it's not all the tests that have to endure tile. We punctually working on her chemical alkaline, acidic compounds often abrasive inclusions.
Floor more often use neutral colors or a combination of black and white
Resistance to corrosive chemicals tile divided into five classes (groups AA, A, B, C, D). The most stable group - AA, but for the bathroom environment can be used, and the representatives of the category A.
The floor finish is not prohibited the use of tiles of various sizes and small decorative elements
Tiles for walls
change the space
Properly selected, color, shape and design of the tiles makes it possible to change the visual perception of space. How? But more about that.
Classical white square tiles in the decoration of the walls
|tile type, layout, and drawing||Instructions for use|
|Vertical stripes and drawings||Visually make the room already, and the ceiling above.|
|Tile square shape||Correction elongated space.|
|Horizontal stripes in the center of the wall|
|Light (dark monochrome) glossy tiles||Magnification small bathroom.|
On the styles put in a word
Classical. It is no coincidence classic styled eternal, it actually exists outside of time and is still current. Classical tiling involves the use of two shades darker is located in the lower part of the walls, light - on top.
Help revive the finishing decorative elements: elegant trims, baseboards, friezes and separation curbs with floral ornaments.
For classic style is alien to the use of tiles, imitating natural materials, such as wood or marble.
- Antique, loft, Vintage. The design uses ceramic tiles with a deliberately uneven, rough, Shcherbaty elements. Uneven edge in conjunction with grout terracotta color creates the effect of naturalness and easy of aged.
If you like antique style, in addition take the curbs surround ornamentation.
- Modern. At the very top of the fashion Olympus climbed interior tile with the effect of "chameleon", a fascinating play of color under different lighting.
The combination of matte base with glossy pattern
It looks no less original combination of glossy and matte elements. On matte tile can very well accommodate glossy ornate pattern, which is successfully combined with inserts of gold and silver.
Finishing as the first interior violin
- Ethnic. It intended to emphasize national characteristics, let alone what they will be up to you. Here and Khokhloma and Gzhel, and Japanese minimalism, and saturated colors inherent in the African style.
A bit east
Tile in the ethnic style is better to choose a collection. The unique designs and patterns are very difficult to collect from the individual lines.
The ornament which is shallow insertion coexist Staphylococcus, terracotta and saturated brown
- Nautical. Where are we without the sea in the bathroom?! Style is divided into two areas. The first emphasis is on shades of blue, green, and blue image of marine fauna, the second - more reserved, prefers the use of imitation wood, abundance of white, blue stripes and red elements colors.
Yachting style - a separate area, which is reminiscent of the sea, but not go into it with his head
- Provence. Pick up the tiles in pastel shades, with blurred blurry pattern, creates an association with canvases painted in watercolor.
A little more and Provence - the charm of the French romance
I confess his love for her
Mosaic - a wonderful decorative material, allowing their hands to transform even a tiny bathroom
On tile can talk for hours, but I want to tell you about my favorite category - ceramic tile. ceramic and stoneware mosaic: It gets two types of tiles. By choosing mosaic subject to the same requirements as for the tile.
The combination of a mosaic in the floor and wall finishing
Mosaic has many advantages. Firstly, it perfectly conceals irregularities of the walls, and secondly, allows you to trim the column.
In combination with the large-format tiles
Polished tiles perfectly combined with tile, mirror and glass.
Mosaic in the finishing of the shower
Designer tile is made and painted by hand, often decorated with a metallic coating, covered with gold and craquelure.
Mosaic finish countertops and bathtubs
Among the collections of mosaic can be found very amazing, exclusive options to include mother of pearl, wood and sea pebbles.
What do you think about the circular mosaic?
Mosaic chips often are rectangular in shape and size from 1x1 up to 10x10 cm. Specific properties has decorative mosaic, consisting of elements in the form of a circle, ellipse, triangle, hexagon, rhomb.
we use polygons
On the podium tiles: fashion trends
In the world of fashion clothing collections are changing each other, the same happens with the finishing materials. Yes, tiles can also be fashionable.
For several seasons, the unprecedented popularity of 3-D tiles. If you like volume and an amazing game based on the invoices, pay attention to the collection Atlas Concorde 3D Wall.
In combination with mosaic
Laying a seamless and smooth geometric pattern lines create a single surface travail dynamic sculpture effect.
Equally attractive color 3-D tiles
Patchwork, with English - cover, a blanket of colorful patches. Multi-colored pieces captured the minds of designers and consumers. This is not surprising, because with proper selection of colors, they can complement almost any decor from naive Provence to brutal loft.
The combination of tile-patchwork
Mainzu factory went one step further and joined the two technologies, providing on strict court consumer collection Bombato. In addition to bright, saturated colors, and proposed solutions to more classic beige and green tones.
Porcelanosa Factory chose a different path by combining patchwork technique with concrete surface, so was born the Park collection.
Its popularity is regaining tiles imitating natural materials. Today, you can easily decorate a wall likeness marble, travertine, onyx, sandstone, natural log with rings, aged or cracked wood. A leader in this segment has become a factory with Impronta Scrapwood collection.
Not so long ago it was considered the largest tile format 33,3h100 see this record broken today. The new leader is a collection of Copacabana from La Fabbrica size 80h160 see. Popularity is very justified - the smaller joints, the more natural.
Copacabana La Fabbrica
Equipe Factory (Spain) emphasized the unusual way, firing hex tiles in Hexatile collection.
Apavisa with Cast Iron offers a collection of tiles with the imitation of oxidized metal. For you, three shades (black, white, oxidum), the size of 29,75h59,55 see 59,55h119,3 to see and lots of geometric shapes from classic to unusual concave rectangle crosses.
Apavisa Cast Iron
Fans will find a loft than the "profit" in the Broadway collection of APE. Antique brick is combined with wood, stone, concrete art, as well as an imitation of materials embodied in the tile.
Where, who and how much?
Today a small tiled opus, I would like to finish the overview of the manufacturers, in collections that I found interesting and high quality solutions.
- Palm belongs to Spain, be sure to check out the catalog companies Cabrera, Aparisi, Ceramica and Novogres. It is here that you will be able to find the tile, skillfully imitating marble, the price - from $ 20 for 1 m².
- For floristic compositions is better to go to the Spanish producer Pamesa. Here you will find a variety of colorful panels that can transform the bathroom into a neutral color scheme.
- No less worthy of tile comes from Turkey. Half owned Kalebodur market.
- Italian technology in the territory of our country realized the brand Kerama Marazzi. The search will be quick and easy, because the collection assembled by styles: bright "Modern" laconic "Japan" colorful "Classic" spectacular "British."
When buying, remember that the calculation of the cost of the background tiles held in square meters, and the inlays are implemented individually. Under the concept of "inlays" fall mural, single tile with the image freezes.
World tile is truly great and growing with enviable speed. The choice will be easy, if you define a style and robust concept of bathroom design, and do it right will help the video in this article.
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