How to Care for Your Ceramic Tiles
One of the main reasons people invest in tiles? They are highly durable. But like all flooring options, tiles are exposed to foot traffic and often paw traffic, not to mention spills, splashes and accidents – so they need to be properly cared for. Don’t let this put you off – it doesn’t take much for the tiles in your living space to stay in tip-top condition.
Sweep & Vacuum Once a Week
And you’ll be removing any tile-scratching and dulling sand and dirt that has accumulated.
This should also be done once a week with a rag mop, which unlike a sponge mop, won’t release dirty water into the grout. Mild detergent mixed with hot water is all you need for your cleaning solution. Cleaning a large space? Make sure to empty the bucket and replace the solution halfway through cleaning – so that you don’t leave more dirt on the grouting than there was in the first place.
Don’t Forget to Clean the Tile Grout
We recommend using a grout cleaner or mild bleach solution, applied with a soft toothbrush…nothing fancy needed. Unlike steel wool, a soft toothbrush provides a gentle scrubbing tool that won’t scratch the tiles.
Seal the Tile Grout Regularly
Applying a silicone-based grout sealer every 12 months can help to ensure that the grout resists future stains and dirt – which means less cleaning in the long run, and floors that won’t ever look dingy.
Address Stains Straight Away
We’re all guilty of saying “I’ll clean that in a bit”, or ‘cleaning’ a spill with just a dry or dampened paper towel. Whether it’s red wine, coffee, or last night’s dinner, leaving spills on the tiles can stain the grouting – so make sure to get the grout cleaner or mild bleach solution out the second there’s an accident, and not just one from a pet.
Steer Clear of Harsh Cleaning Products
Don’t make the mistake of adding an acidic product like lemon juice or vinegar to hot water for a homemade floor cleaning ‘solution’. A cleaning product without a neutral pH can cause damage to the tiles, gradually staining them or causing their colour to fade over time.
Invest in Floor Protectors
Floor protector mats or pads, and caps on the legs of the furniture can prevent further stress and scratches on your beautiful tiles.
Our Trade Centre for Tiling in Perth
Looking for some guidance? Head to our Trade Centre for tiling in Perth, where we will walk you through how to look after your floor tiling with care, making sure you return home with a suitable cleaning solution and grout sealer. Because at the end of the day, taking care of quality tiles the right way will ensure that they endure time, no matter how many times you spill on them!
6 Tiled Feature Wall Ideas
A tiled feature wall immediately adds a sense of depth to a room, opening up a living space while also creating an eye-catching focal point.
It also serves the purpose of distracting the eye from imperfections in the room, and to establish the theme of a living space.
Another pro of tiled featured walls? They’re much easier to clean, and are far more durable than other feature wall materials.
If you know you want to go with tiles for your feature wall, but can’t decide on a theme, here are the ones we recommend.
A feature wall made of timber tiles or metal-lookalike tiles in earthy colours is a modern way to generate the country-feel of a warm and cosy home. Rectangular tiles, arranged and laid in a pattern that mimics exposed brick, or concrete-look and metal-look rustic tiles are ideal for instantly creating the in-vogue, edgy industrial-chic look – one that’s increasingly popular and which is suitable for residential and commercial properties.
Together many tessellated smaller tiles work as a timeless and elegant mosaic feature, subtly adding texture and character to the feature wall, all while making the room feel more inviting. Mosaic tiles in feature walls work well in bathrooms, to bring vibrancy to a kitchen, or to bring some style outside near the pool area.
Intricate architecture is what the Moroccans are famous for, with the distinctive design of their printed tiles providing functionality and beauty. Who needs to buy a piece of art when you can create a captivating one on your feature wall with Moroccan tiles?
In colour combinations like royal blue and white, or terracotta and grey, Moroccan tiling adds an exotic African, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean feel to a space, perhaps one that’s inspired from your travels or dream-destinations. By limiting the tiling to the feature wall of a bathroom, lounge room, kitchen, or outdoor area, you’ll be also be ensuring that the space won’t look ‘too busy’ or headache-inducing.
A splash of colour adds contrast, and in turn warmth and character to a mostly neutral living space, yet without being overpowering. A one or two-toned block of colour also provides the perfect canvas for placing a bedhead or mantelpiece up against, or for hanging a wall mirror – tricking the eye into thinking the room is larger than it really is.
Where to From Here?
A feature wall is designed to make a bold statement, so you want to make sure the one you have in mind works with the rest of the room’s running theme. This is something we can help you with – whether you’re after a feature wall for one room, or several rooms in your home or commercial property.
Head to our boutique Perth showroom for some inspiration and a chat with us on how to get started, or contact us today. From styling and curation to being laid down, at InStyle Ceramics, we know how to bring you a tile feature wall that will transform your space.
How to Create the Illusion of Space with Tiles
When your living space looks small, even minimal clutter – a newspaper on the coffee table, couch cushions, a standing floor lamp – can turn the room into a claustrophobic mess. While a number of elements – mirrors, lighting, windows and wall art – can work together to create the illusion of space, tiles tend to be underestimated when it comes to their space-opening potential.
Here’s a look at how wall and floor tiles can be utilised to turn a small space into one that looks and feels larger – and one you want to live in.
Opt for Light Colours
Utilise light tile colours and immediately the room will look bigger and brighter. Shades of white or soft-tone coloured tiles on the walls and flooring are more reflective than light-absorbing dark tiles, creating a sense of depth that leaves the room feeling more open and airy.
Create a Flow of Flooring
Whether it’s with porcelain or ceramic tiles, the same tiling pattern, uninterrupted from one area to the next will create the illusion of one large, comfortable living space – rather than a few small cramped spaces. This works particularly well in an adjoined lounge room and dining room, or in an adjoined kitchen and dining space.
Go For Different Shades of the Same Colour
By designating one light colour to a room and basing your choice of tiling or furniture on various shades of that colour, you’ll instantly create visual unity. For example, a popular choice is mixing different earthy shades of browns to create an overall organic and natural feel to the home. Using harmonious colours create a flow-on effect, making a space look larger, brighter and more open.
With their optical illusion effect, striped tiles are a clever design for making a room appear longer. At InStyle Ceramics, we can orient the stripes to run the length of the room that is longest; this tricks the eye into seeing instant length.
Go with Large Floor Tiles
We have a large variety of different-sized tiles at InStyle Ceramics, but if you’re looking to make a room look more spacious, we suggest going with larger-sized tiles. Why? The less grouting you see, the more spacious your flooring area will appear.
Paint the Wall Trim & Skirting Board a Lighter Shade
A handy trick that makes the walls look as though they are further back than they really are. Painting the molding – where the wall meets the ceiling – a lighter shade than the wall and floor tiles has the same impact.
Showcasing the latest Italian and European boutique tile designs, our Perth Showroom provides the starting point for turning your small living space into one that feels spacious and stylish. Contact us at Instyle Ceramics today, and one of our friendly expert team members can guide you on a tiling solution to transform your home, no matter how small!
Summer Home Renovation Ideas
Refresh your home in time for summer
Summer is the perfect time for home renovations.
With warmer days ahead, it’s a great opportunity to update the appearance of your home inside and out. Once you’ve decided on a plan, there’s no time like the present to start your home renovations, so you can sit back and relax when summer arrives. Whether it’s a DIY project or you’re calling in the professionals, it always helps to start with fresh renovation ideas and style inspiration.
Kitchen Renovations and Improvements
The kitchen is the heart of the home. By morning it’s often a scene of chaos as families battle for breakfast in their rush to start the day. By night it’s the place where couples, families and friends come together to enjoy a meal, and share in each other’s company around the kitchen table. Perhaps your kitchen is your personal retreat, a place for quiet reflection as you lovingly create a new dish, or simply soak in the atmosphere, sipping tea and flipping through magazines. However you use your kitchen, it needs to stand the test of time. As well as being durable, it should look beautiful too. If you don’t have the budget or time for a complete remodel, refreshing your kitchen can be as simple as updating the splashback. Ceramic tiles are a popular option for creating a functional and contemporary splashback, with a wide range of colours and styles including mosaic, graphic tiles, industrial look or modern. If you’re ready to renovate your kitchen, InStyle Ceramics offers a huge range of ceramic splashback options.
Upgrade Your Flooring with Timber Tiles
Is your flooring looking a little tired? Whether you have stained carpet, scratched floorboards or faded linoleum, worn out flooring ages your home and leaves your house feeling dirty, no matter how clean it is. So what is a good alternative?
Timber-look tiles offer the beauty of timber floorboards with the long-lasting durability of tiles.
They’re easy to clean, hard wearing, scratch resistant, and environmentally friendly.
Finding the perfect match for your home renovations is made easy with technology, allowing you to customise a timber-look tile suited to your colour scheme and style. Whatever style you’re looking for, you’ll find a wide range of timber-look tiles at InStyle Ceramics.
Renovate Your Alfresco
You’ll want to rest and relax in your outdoor area this summer, so now is the perfect time for that alfresco renovation you’ve been dreaming of. Whether you’re planning a large outdoor dining and living area, a modest backyard patio or an elaborate outdoor entertainment area and swimming pool surrounds, you’ll find a huge range of exterior tiling at InStyle Ceramics.
Renovate Your Alfresco
Neutral and natural tones might be popular, but adding pops of colour can really make a house a home. Your styling is a celebration of your lifestyle and your personality, and keeping it fresh is easier than you’d think. You can incorporate colour in pillows, cushions, throws and rugs, paint a few walls in a fresh new shade, or update your floors or walls with feature tiles. If you’re ready to get started on your home renovations, or you need a helping hand with style ideas and inspiration, contact us. today.