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Bold Edge is another word for cushion edge. It is where each tile is basically formed individually by a machine and sent down a conveyer belt line for firing, there is a small pressed edge at the end of the tile and is not as sharp as a rectified finish. The last few years we have seen some new bold edge floor tiles as a result of new technological advancements in tile manufacturing and the Brazilian ones we offer are first quality. It means your floor grout joint will be between 3-5mm.

Rectified tiles are ceramic or porcelain tiles that have been precisely ground and machined to give them near-perfect straight edges and exact dimensions. In most situations they have been laser cut down from a much larger piece and therefore the decoration of the tiles looks more realistic. It means your floor grout joint will be between 1.5-3mm.

The tiles in the Eliane range that end in a non rounded number are all rectified. Example – 29 x 59cm or 59 x 59cm. This is because they have been cut down from a larger piece of tile and you tend to lose millimeters in the cutting process.

This is generally a matter of preference, however the general design rule is: short ceiling height = lay vertical (to elongate the height) and in case of high ceiling height = lay horizontally to lengthen the room.

This is dependent of whether you would like to feature your tile or blend it into the background. Grey grout colour with a white tile will individualise the tile and looks especially striking in a kitchen splashback. However white grout with white tiles, can make a room look larger. Ultimately, the final decision is a personal one.

The only fullproof way you can ensure both wall & floor joints match are to use the same tile for both. This way it is guaranteed. Most tiles are manufactured at different times, and some sizes may vary, unless these are the same tiles – tiles from different collections are not guaranteed to line up even if they state they are the same size.

When renovating to sell, it is best to keep your tile choices neutral. Soft greys, concretes, bone and whites are your best choices. Leave the colour accessorising to your towel and homeware selections in the bathrooms, adding pops of colour by way of towels or candles can make the room come alive. A tile choice can make or break the room, and this can be the difference of selling or buying a house.

When renovating to live in the property, you have the freedom to make more bold choices. The overall colour palette can still remain neutral, however adding a contrasting feature wall or a textured wall tile can look incredible. Combining a mixture of different textures and materials in bathroom design adds a new-age, contemporary feel to the space.

The best size tile to use in a small area is really dependent on your fall. Tilers will say 30x30cm, however the general design rule is – The bigger the tile, the bigger the area will appear. However the size of the tile should be proportionate to the size of the room. With the design of large channel drains now in the market, you can afford to use almost any size tile you wish in the wet area space. The larger channel drains for the shower make the fall easier to accommodate in a bathroom.

In larger general floor areas we would highly recommend using larger tiles, a minimum of 60 x 60cm should be used and it is encouraged to go larger again to make the space appear more open plan & luxurious in appearance.

Satin is more like a matte finish, however creates soft pools of light, where a Gloss or polished finish has a high shine surface and reflects the light.

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