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The Age Old Debate – Matt or Polished Tiles???

15 Jun

It’s the big day! The day we meet to choose your internal and external paint colours, tiles, carpet, cabinetry, doors, electrical and lighting, roofing, frame colours and so much more. So many things to think about, so many choices to make…..and they all affect how you feel and live in your new home for many years to come.

During our consults, I like to start with the floor tiles in the main living areas and move “up and out” from there.  We meet at the tile shop and the first question I’ll ask  you is……..”do you like matt or polished floor tiles?”   Most of the time, after a quick blank stare at each other, I am given the “I have no idea. What’s better to look at?  Won’t glossy floors show up more dirt than matt? Will I my child slip over on polished floors?”  And then finally, “What do you suggest?”.  But do not fear!

Here’s a few points to consider when choosing between matt and polished tiles.

Matt floor tiles:

  • Good for traditional or rustic interiors
  • Gives a warm and homely feeling
  • Calming and soothing
  • Perfect for interiors where a soft, muted colour pallete is preferred
  • Better traction and hence better slip reduction
  • Good for outdoor areas (or even better, go with the Grip version, especially around pools)
  • Generally cost less per square meter
  • Easy to clean

 

Matt floor tiles

Matt floor tiles- image via Mandarinestone.com

 

Matt tiles - image via Beaumont Tiles

Matt tiles – image via Beaumont Tiles

 

Matt floor tiles - Bauer Constructions Home

Matt floor tiles – Bauer Constructions Home

 

Polished floor tiles:

  • Light reflective so perfect for smaller rooms to make them appear larger
  • The silken finish bounces light around the room for an airy open feeling
  • Easy to wipe clean when used for kitchen splashbacks and wet area tiles
  • Can be slippery when wet so not ideal for wet areas and outdoors
  • Can highlight fingerprints, footprints and water spots
  • Can be distracting if trying to achieve a serene aesthetic
Polished floor tiles - Image via Beaumont Tiles

Polished floor tiles – Image via Beaumont Tiles

 

Polished floor tiles in the bathroom - Image via Pinterest

Polished floor tiles in the bathroom – Image via Pinterest

 

Polished floor tiles - Bauer Constructions Home

Polished floor tiles – Bauer Constructions Home

 

At the end of the day, it’s really a matter of personal choice and lifestyle that will help you decide which to way to go.  If you have young children, long hair that falls out easy or indoor pets, and ease of cleaning is a major priority for you, then these factors will infuence your choice.  Be sure to consider these factors as well as aesthetics when choosing your tiles.

 

By Malia Lindeberg

Interior Designer

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