Choosing tiles: what you need to look out for

Choosing tiles: what you need to look out for

The type of tile you choose often determines the look of your living room, terrace or garden path. A different colour, size or finish and everything can look completely different. Yet the appearance is by no means the only consideration when choosing tiles. We set out a few points to bear in mind.

 310
05-02-2021
Carousel CDH + landscapes_1

The type of tile you choose often determines the look of your living room, terrace or garden path. A different colour, size or finish and everything can look completely different. Yet the appearance is by no means the only consideration when choosing tiles. We set out a few points to bear in mind.

1. Personal preference

It goes without saying that your personal preferences - and those of your partner, family members or housemates - play a major role in the choice of tiles. One person loves classic designs, while the other prefers a modern look.

If you opt for Blue Limestone of Hainaut, then you can choose from a wide range of products and finishes, both for indoors and outdoors. Many colours, sizes, patterns and finishes are possible with this natural stone. Perhaps sleek sawn tiles are just your thing. Or maybe you prefer a rougher finish, such as EnoSkin or EnoLuce? Feast your eyes on the many possibilities.

2. The environment

Of course, it's not only the appearance of the tile itself that you need to weigh up. It also needs to fit in seamlessly with the environment in which it is used. Here too, colour, size and texture play a crucial role. An interior designer can definitely help you set out a coherent interior style.

Thanks to its neutral hue, bluestone effortlessly matches all possible styles, the most diverse colour combinations and all types of materials. Even if you decide to give your interior a make-over after a few years, bluestone remains your friend. Your bluestone tiles will suit your new project perfectly. So, feel free to change your furniture and switch up your decorations every now and then. You will see that your stylish floor will always look the part.

Are you looking for tiles for outdoors? Then take a look at our mood boards with inspiring 'garden 5tyles'.

3. The quality

Depending on where the tiles will be fitted (indoors or outdoors) and exactly what they will be used for, the quality requirements will be different. Is it a floor that will get intense footfall? In that case, it's better to have a durable and high-quality tile. Did you know that Belgian blue limestone is not only much more wear-resistant, but also more resistant to dents, scratches and damp than Asian blue limestone? Moreover, Belgian stone is much more sustainable, as transport chains are shorter and the stone is quarried more ecologically.

Good to know: compared to ceramic tiles, bluestone’s ecological footprint is sixty times smaller.

4. The safety

Furthermore, non-slip properties are an important consideration, especially in environments that often get wet, such as your bathroom, kitchen or even the edging around a swimming pool. A smooth tile can become very slippery when wet. In such cases, tiles with a slight texture are safer. Especially if you have children, this is an important consideration. Flamed tiles or EnoSkin tiles, for example, guarantee a floor that is not slippery yet pleasant to walk on barefoot.

5. The combination with underfloor heating

Are you choosing indoor tiles, and do you have underfloor heating? Then bear in mind that the tiles will be subject to compressive stresses caused by shrinkage and expansion of the floor. Check in advance whether the tiles (and the grout) can withstand this.

Rest assured, though: a bluestone floor combines perfectly with underfloor heating. In fact, the material even lets the heat through extra quickly and evenly. Do you like to walk around barefoot or in your socks, even in winter? Bluestone is ideal, even if you have children who like to play on the floor.

6. Ease of maintenance

Finally, ease of maintenance is an important consideration. Did you know that bluestone tiles with alternating shades or a slightly rougher texture are less quick to look dirty than tiles that have a more even surface?

Would you like more information on the different finishes of blue limestone? Then don't hesitate to contact a distributor near you.