Indoor décor has come a long way, and ceramic tile design fully reflects the changes that have become trendy over the years. In the past the most common Ceramic Tile shapes were standard square tiles, whereas now there are thousands of styles and patterns to choose from. Patterns are available for everyone’s taste, and even if you can’t find the exact design you need, you still have the option of cutting the tiles to a shape that suits your design concept. Below are some of the most popular ceramic tile shapes and styles to give you an idea of the diversity of this decorating medium.
As an example let’s look at regular designs. To some people they are dull, but, for others, the ease of installation trumps the blandness of design. Used both for the kitchen and bathroom, regular tiles are really great for lower budge projects, and there are no special tips necessary to lay the tiles effectively. Even with these standard designs they can be combined so as to create very inventive and elegant results. In the past these were the only available tiles available, but since more intricate designs were created, things changed for the better for decorators and DIY buffs..
One of the great things about ceramic tile design is that you can create themed decorations, or styles, specific to certain historic periods. Using a regular diamond saw you can make your personal and unique ceramic tile designs. With this inexpensive tool you can cut the shape and the size that best suits your purpose, even combining different types of tiles: gold specks, glazed, or not glazed, squares, triangles, rectangles and plenty of others can turn your kitchen or bathroom into a very inspired room. The only problem with more complex ceramic tile designs is the installation challenges they bring.
Remember to ask the vendor whether the ceramic tile designs you choose come with self-spacing items on the edges. The presence of these small bumps, on the margins of each tile, helps the creation of a perfect grout line. For the success of the installation, pay special attention to the type of adhesive required by the ceramic tile type; some require mastic while others work with simple mortar. The type of adhesive is usually specified on the label. Make sure to read the instructions carefully so that the project is a great success. Don’t cut costs at the expense of quality as you will pay the price in the long run.