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4 Tips for Using Tile Sizes to Your Advantage

Floor tile comes in many design, style, and size choices. From one-inch mosaics to huge 36-inch planks, there is a tile choice for any room size. Take a moment to evaluate the space or area you're planning on tiling, and consider the following tips when choosing tile sizes.

1. Larger Tiles Can Make a Small Room Seem Bigger.

Visually, a smaller room can appear larger with the use of larger tiles. With a larger tile, grout lines are less frequent. This makes the floor look more streamlined and open. When following this rule, you should also consider proportionate tile for the size of the room. Tiles that are 18 or 24 inches will work well in a small family room or very large bathroom, but could be overwhelming in a very small mudroom or laundry room. It's also important to note that wall tile should never be larger than its complementary floor tile. This will upset the proportional look of the room.

Timely Beige 24 x 24 field tile in textured finish on the floor

2. Tiny Tiles Can Help a Small Room Flow.

You can also help a small floor plan flow by using tiny tiles. This is especially helpful if the spacing between the sink, toilet, and other features is compact. Small mosaic tiles will require less cuts, thus offering a more streamlined look.

3. Plank Tiles Add Depth and Texture.

Linear tiles, such as 9 x 36 inch planks, add depth to your room and come in a variety of styles. If you're looking to add the brightness and warmth of a hardwood floor with the resiliancy of tile, wood-look plank tiles are just what you need. You can also incorporate stone planks in herringbone, corridor, and brick-joint patterns to give your floor a modern twist.

St. Germain Sable 6 x 24 on the floor

4. Tile Shape Will Impact a Room.

Instead of a common tile design, add interest and depth to a space by going with a unique shape or pattern. For example, diagonal tiles can make a narrow room appear wider. For an extra large room, you can add a border of contrasting rectangular-shaped tile to define the space you plan to use. There are also shaped mosaic tiles-like harlequin-which can be used to create a specialty design. You can use these unique shapes in a strip to offset traditional square tiles, or go bold and use them to create an accent wall.

Tile sizes can greatly affect the feel of a space. You can use this to your advantage by making a room seem bigger or wider if you choose a tile that's the right size and shape. Before you commit to a tile size, consider these helpful tips.