Big tiles are the perfect way to make a big impression as they can visually expand your space, thanks to their generous sizing and the fact that you need fewer grout lines. This results in a beautifully clean, spacious and uninterrupted look that’s perfect for contemporary rooms. And the larger the tile, the more dramatic the look.
Minimal grout lines
One of the best things about large format tiles is that they require less grout, due to the large coverage that they offer. This results in a chic and unified look where the grout joints fade into the design rather than standing out. For ultra-narrow grout lines take a look at rectified tiles that have precision cut straight edges.
If you’re tiling walls, For walls, big tiles can reflect more light into the room so they make a great alternative to wallpaper or paint and look fantastic when paired with a matching or complementary floor tile.
Easy to clean and maintain
With fewer grout lines between big tiles, less maintenance is needed to keep your tiles clean. Grout can be very temperamental to keep clean, so less is more in this case. Just think of all those spills and splashes that bathrooms and kitchens are the recipients of – with less grout to keep clean, it means more time for other things in life!
Can I only use big tiles in large areas?
As we’ve mentioned, large format tiles are ideal for larger spaces and open plan areas to create a chic look with plenty of space. But smaller spaces can benefit from big tiles too, in fact the seamless look can give the illusion of extra space, thanks to less visual interruption from fewer grout lines in contrast to busier smaller tiles. You can also use the same tile on both wall and floor for a unified look. Our top tip is to use a matching grout colour so it blends in with the tiles rather than standing out.
Tips for laying large tiles
Laying large tiles can be much easier than small tiles, especially in large open plan areas. Less time is spent on measuring and placing big tiles, cutting and fitting them, and completing the grouting task which can take a long time with smaller tiles. Plus if you make a mistake, you only have to take up one or two pieces to correct the issue. These factors make laying big tiles a less daunting task if you want to lay them yourself.
Just a note of caution always make sure you or your tiler has the right cutting equipment to work with large tiles and please be aware very large tiles will be heavier and more awkward to manage and may require two people.
Ways to use larger tiles
Big tiles can look good in so many different spaces but here are just a few ideas of where you can use them if you’re looking to think big with your tiled floors or walls.