Tile can give you endless design possibilities that fit your style. There are many options of tile: ceramic, porcelain, glass, and all natural stones. Porcelain and ceramic are widely used and both are good for just about any application. The main difference between the two is that porcelain is fired at a higher temperature which makes it denser and harder. This enables the tile to have a higher heat tolerance and less prone to stain and moisture.
A common application for tile is to use a less expensive field tile (main area) and add more decorative accent tiles, such as glass tiles to create a custom pattern.(more expensive). Tile can be laid in a common “square” pattern or the tile can be placed on a diagonal pattern. Remember, when choosing a pattern lay out for your floor or wall, the more cuts you have per tile, labor will increase for the application.
You can create a “rug” effect using different colors. Lay out a larger field tile (ex. 12″ x 12″) and add smaller tile in a different color along with an accent border tile. This is great for foyer applications as indicated in one of our pictures.
Since there are so many choice with tile, I would suggest to go to a tile store. These stores have designers who are familiar with all tiles and can give you the best advice when picking out your tile. Beaver Tile and Stone at 24700 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI is a good source to start.
Above are a few examples of MHI Interiors tile work for customers.