How can tiles change the perception of space?

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When choosing tiles for a room you might focus on the visual design and how these tiles will influence the aesthetic appearance of your space. You may also focus on the functionality and practicality of these tiles. But have you considered how tiles can change the perception of space in a room? And how you could use this to your advantage?

So, how can tiles change the perception of space?

Tiles can have a big impact on how the space inside a room is perceived. From the shape and size of the tiles, to the layout and colour scheme, there are a number of different tiling choices that can help alter the perception of the space:

  • The tile size-  The size of the tiles you choose for your room can create an optical illusion that alters the sense of space. Using large format tiles with minimal grout lines can be a very effective way to create the perception of a larger space, as the large tiles draw the eye further into the room, and there will be fewer grout lines to break up the tiling effect. On the other hand, smaller tiles with more grout lines can help to create a space that feels smaller and more intimate. In open plan spaces this can be highly effective for creating seating areas or different zones.
  • The colour of the tiles- This also contributes to spatial perception. While lighter-colored tiles can reflect more light and create an open, airy ambiance, darker tiles have the opposite effect. Tiles that reflect the light help any room feel larger because it seems as though the walls are farther apart. For rooms where intimacy and closeness are important, darker tiles can help achieve the perfect result by absorbing the light and making the room feel smaller.
  • Tile patterns and layouts- Tile patterns and layouts can also influence the sense of space within a room, while having a strong visual impact on the interior design style. Diagonal or herringbone patterns, for example, can increase a room’s perceived length, by drawing the eye to the diagonal points of the tile. On the other hand vertical patterns can visually elevate the height of the ceiling. 
  • Tiling transitions – The transition from one type of tile to another also has an impact on the perception of space in a room. For example, continuous tiling uses the same tiles across the whole open floor, with very small grout lines between. This creates a seamless flow, creating the impression of a larger, connected space. On the other hand, using different tiles between spaces can help to create distinct zones in an open plan space.

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