Choosing a new tile for your home can be an exciting project, but with so many options available, it can also feel overwhelming. Here are some tips to help simplify the process and ensure you select a tile that you’ll love for years to come.

1. Start by thinking about the room and how you use it. 

Is this a high-traffic area like an entryway that sees a lot of dirt and debris being tracked in? Or is it an ensuite bathroom that will experience constant moisture? The requirements of the room will help narrow down your options. For example, large format tiles may not be the best choice for a tiny half bath since it can make the space feel cramped. Similarly, delicate decorative tiles may not hold up well on a floor that sees heavy foot traffic each day.

2. Assess other elements in the space too that the tile will need to complement, like your faucet, backsplash, wall color, or cabinetry. 

You’ll want tones and patterns that work well together without competing for attention. Aim for tiles to blend in seamlessly or to become an eye-catching accent piece depending on your overall vision. Seeing material samples up close can help judge how everything will come together before making a final choice.

3. Consider both the upfront material costs as well as long-term maintenance requirements. 

Porcelain tiles tend to be more expensive initially than ceramic or natural stone but may require less ongoing sealing and surface care. Large-sized tiles mean fewer grout lines to clean, too. Think about ease of repair – scratched surfaces or cracked tiles that can simply be replaced down the road. Check warranties or get installation advice from a local pro on the best options for low-fuss use over the years.

4. Don’t forget about lifestyle factors, too. 

Do you have young kids or pets that could damage tiles? Grout is porous, so consider stain resistance for high-traffic regions. Extra slip resistance is important for shower floors, too. Also, factor in whether you prefer a super shiny, glossy look or a more textured matte finish that hides fingerprints. These personalized choices set your maintenance preferences.

Once you’ve narrowed down criteria like usage, style, materials, and upkeep needs – it’s time to start browsing options! Get inspired by browsing manufacturers’ tile showrooms and websites. Look for displays that let you get hands-on with samples to examine textures and see how colors vary up close versus online. Consider smaller scrap pieces, too, to test drive layout patterns.

Most tile comes in boxes containing several precut tiles. Pay attention to the stated size of full tiles to understand coverage and how many boxes you’ll likely need based on room measurements. You may need to factor in cutting tiles at the edges too depending on the project layout. Tile that is not uniformly flat or has visible surface variations may indicate a batch with inconsistent firing – steer clear of these for a polished finished look.

With the top contenders in mind, get written quotes factoring in material costs, any additional supplies like grout or underlayment boards, as well as installation fees if hiring a pro. Compare total prices and timelines if ordering from further afield retailers. Ask about availability too for large projects to avoid delays. Now you can weigh aesthetic appeal versus budget to make your final selection!

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