Common types of wall tiles 

When it comes to house decorations, trends change as fast as they do in fashion. One season it is extremely stylish to use a certain material, and next thing you know you will want to redecorate, to keep up with the changes. Lately, one of the most interesting ideas through which you can embellish an interior and change the aspect of a room is using wall tiles. This trend has developed a lot, and went from being applied on exterior surfaces to interior walls, and then to building actual walls out of tiles. The narrow pieces of material were initially used for the floors, but adding them to a vertical wall can really bring a touch of modernism to any space, creating a unique impression. In case you are interested in this type of decoration, here are some of the most popular types of products that you are likely to find if you visit an Ottawa tile store:

Natural stone tiles

This type of tiles is ideal for you, if you are a fan of the rustic, traditional style. The natural patterns and textures will look amazing in a majestic room, making it look even more imposing. This category consists in many materials, among which granite, marble, slate and travertine, which are perfectly suitable not only for walls but also for flooring. This is due to the fact that they prevent moisture accumulations. Natural stone tiles come in various sizes and shapes, but for a great outcome, you should try larger dimensions.

 

Mosaic tiles

This type of tile is most of the times preferred by those who have more creative, artistic tastes. The mosaic can be used not only for backsplashes and walls, but also for floors. However, few people choose to apply it on non-vertical surfaces, since the multiple ground lines make cleaning and maintaining it very difficult. Mosaic tiles come in standard size (1″x1″ or 2″x2”), because if the pieces are too small, they cannot be applied properly, while if they are too large, the effect is not the desired one. As far as the shapes are concerned, mosaic pieces can be either square or hexagonal. A transparent material, such as glass, will lead to an enchanting effect, because it can capture and distribute light in a particular way.

 

Ceramic or porcelain tiles

These represent a very functional choice for bathroom and kitchen wall and floor surfaces, due to their properties. Even if the two materials are broadly similar, the difference appears when it comes to water absorption rate. For rooms where moisture is present but not in great quantities, such as the kitchen, porcelain tiles will make a great job. There are no standard dimensions, and the tiles can be ordered in any size, depending on the surface you have available.