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What an elegant finish to a bathroom renovation using the Nerang Tiles 6092 Italian made Calcutta and grey marble tiles in a 900 x 450 format with a little designer ladder thrown in for good taste.
These tiles are available and on display at Nerang Tiles. Suitable for floors or walls and come in a range of tile sizes and finishes including polished, honed, matte and external / outdoor.
Visit in store at Nerang Tiles to see these tiles on display at find out how you can have the same result.
Nerang Tiles is an award winning tile showroom on the Gold Coast with thousands of quality floor tiles and wall tiles on display at discount prices. Nerang Tiles has it all your porcelain and ceramic tile needs including bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles, timber tiles, stone tiles, marble tiles, mosaic tiles, glass mosaics and much more.
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A brand new full bodied porcelain tile range available in a range of sizes and finishes.
Stone like porcelain tiles with an incredibly natural look, characterised by various patterns that give movement to the surface with a wide range of hues.
The particularly warm colour and the 5 sizes available allow countless types of furnishings to be created.
Available now are the 600 x 600 sizes in both lapatto, matt and external finishes so the tiles can be placed in all areas of the home including both floor or wall.
Nerang Tiles is an award winning tile showroom with thousands of quality floor tiles and wall tiles on display at its Gold Coast tile showroom. With the largest range in Queensland displaying porcelain and ceramic tiles suitable for your kitchen, bathroom, main floor, outdoor area, pool and much more, you are sure to be smiling when doing your tiling when you shop at Nerang Tiles.
Visit in store to receive exclusive tile discounts and view the best and biggest range of floor tiles and wall tiles in Queensland.
Whether you’re splurging on a rare natural stone or standing by classic porcelain, choosing a tile type is only part of the design decision. The way the tile is installed also matters. To help you figure out the best layout for your kitchen, bathroom and beyond, here are some of the most popular options.
In a brick pattern, each row of tiles is typically offset by half a tile width, which results in long, horizontal lines that can subtly widen a room. It’s a timeless layout that can work for any rectangular tile, making it a great option for virtually any space.
A brick layout can look especially stylish when paired with a contrasting grout colour, such as grey grout with white tile, emphasising the geometric pattern.
Where to use a brick pattern: Anywhere, but especially in spaces where one simple tile is used throughout.
Choosing a brick pattern but orienting it vertically takes the widening effect and rotates it, emphasising the height of a space instead. It also adds a touch of contemporary appeal by being a little unexpected but still classic, for a fun twist that isn’t too trendy.
When to use a vertical brick pattern: To lift the ceiling height, such as in a compact bathroom.
An oversize brick pattern is not technically different from a standard brick, but the effect can be different, especially with rich stone tiles. Here the pattern helps minimise the visual impact of the grout, allowing the tiles to have a more seamless appearance.
When to use a large brick layout: When you want oversize tiles to appear as a continuous plane of stunning unbroken material.
DESIGNER TIP: Use colour-matched grout to enhance the effect.
This is the simplest layout. In a stacked pattern, the tiles are aligned to form a basic repeating grid. This results in a modern look that works well with clean shapes and crisp angles, and plays against the organic forms of exotic woods.
Where to use a stacked layout:In a modern space with rectilinear forms, especially with a beveled-edge tile or bright grout, which emphasises the Zen-like simplicity.
While the word “mosaic” may bring to mind complex forms that create lively patterns and images, in design terms, a mosaic is simply any small tile in a repeated shape (or set of shapes), typically attached in small sheets to matting for easy installation. A very common example is a 48mm by 48mm square, although endless shapes and patterns are available.
Mosaics are more common for accent areas (rather than full-height walls), because they require more grout. This means they can require more maintenance if exposed to heavy soil or moisture, which can be an issue in mildew-prone bathrooms.
However, they can create a rich and subtle multi-tonal effect that has the appeal of luxe stone without the luxe cost, making them a popular splashback option.
In the case of a shower stall floor, the additional grout can be a benefit, as it helps create a less slippery surface.
In general, mosaic makes a great counterpoint to larger tiles, because the dramatic shift in scale makes the mismatch clearly intentional.
When to use a mosaic layout: To highlight an accent wall, on a shower floor or lining a niche.
A herringbone pattern is achieved by laying tiles at right angles into zigzag formations or by a preformed mosaic. Either way, the look is sophisticated and has high-end appeal, even with a simple material. However, this pattern will inevitably require additional cutting of tiles at the borders, so it can create some extra material waste.
The angular nature of this pattern creates a dynamic energy, which can be perfect for accent walls but a little overwhelming if used on too large a surface.
Where to use a herringbone layout: In a traditional kitchen (especially in classic white on white), or with a long, thin tile to form a powerful accent anywhere.
Basket-weave and similar patterns that turn subway tiles into square units are effective for adding a sense of drama similar to a herringbone layout, while avoiding the extra cutting of material. In fact, this sort of pattern can potentially avoid any cutting at all when filling a rectangular area, making it a good secret weapon for DIYers.
When to use a basket-weave layout: To add subtle energy to contemporary decor.
Accent borders. Although a border strip of accent tile can be added purely for visual interest, it can serve another important function beautifully with just a little planning. When tiling a full wall, it’s common to find that the ceiling height is not an exact multiple of the desired tile size, meaning tiles at the top or bottom will have to be cut to fit. By including a slightly wider or narrower stripe, your tiles can add up to the exact height of the wall and avoid costly (and possibly unattractive) cuts.
For example, when using a 10-centimetre-high tile with a 2-metre, 5-cm ceiling, using a 5-cm border at any height will leave a remaining even 2 metres for the tiles to fill perfectly. Of course, grout size can affect the way the tiles stack up, so talk to your designer or installer to figure out the exact math in advance, and you can achieve a perfect result with no headaches.
Solid slabs. The opposite of a tile pattern, a single slab is a popular choice for contemporary splashbacks. Although typically more of an investment than patterned tile, a slab can be an excellent choice for compact kitchens where not much material is required. It achieves a very open look and can be created with one single material piece cut to form a matching splashback and benchtop.
For a budget-friendlier option, you can also look for off-cut slab pieces to create a short splashback in a luxe stone, and use a less expensive material for the bench that picks up on the veining tones to coordinate beautifully.
Nerang Tiles is an award winning tile showroom with thousands of quality floor tiles and wall tiles on display at its Gold Coast tile showroom. Nerang Tiles has all the latest tile designs and tile trends including marble tiles, subway tiles, stone tiles, timber tiles, kitchen tiles, bathroom tiles, pool tiles and much more. Visit in store for exclusive tile discounts and to see the complete range.
Changing out one little tile seems easy enough, right? It can be. Find out when to do it yourself and when to hire a pro
The new year brings with it an urge to improve many aspects of your life, so why not channel that impulse into tackling some home fix-it projects? Here’s what you should know about fixing a broken tile – and whether you should do it yourself or enlist the help of a pro.
Project: Fixing a broken tile on a floor or wall
Why: Your tile floor or wall will look better without that crack.
Basic steps: The process of replacing a tile is fairly straightforward. Essentially, you chip out the bad tile, replace it with a new one and re-grout. While that sounds easy enough, you need to know what to watch out for so that you can spot damage that may lead to a bigger repair job.
It’s a good project for you if: “Anybody that has any basic handyman skills can do it,” says Chris Harper, general contractor and partner at Harper Construction. “It’s more a practise of patience than it is a skill.” That said, a homeowner may encounter a number of unexpected challenges, causing the project to grow bigger, Harper warns. If that happens, it could be time to call in a pro.
Things to consider: Cracked tiles can be caused by a variety of problems, ranging from something heavy dropped on the floor to a subfloor issue. The unfortunate result is an unsightly broken tile marring the look of your floor or, in some cases, your splashback or wall.
Fortunately, replacing a broken tile is fairly simple if everything goes as planned. One contractor said he’d seen clients try to glue broken tiles back together. But this isn’t ideal, since you’ll probably always be able to see the fault lines.
Instead, you can use a cold steel chisel to chip out the tile. This is delicate work that requires applying the right amount of pressure. Some people find it helpful to break the tile before they chip it out. “Most of our guys break the tiles so they don’t damage the rest around it,” says Joe Smith, general contractor at Owings Brothers Contracting.
If you’re removing a tile from a shower wall, it’s going to be difficult to dig the tile out without damaging adjacent tiles if the grout is still in place, notes Robert Jenkins, renovating contractor at Bobmahalo. “Dig the grout out if it’s not cracked out already,” he says.
Once the tile is out, you need to use a flat scraping tool to scrape out the old mortar down to the substrate so that the new tile adhesive will stick. Next, apply the setting material to the back of the replacement tile, place it and let it dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once it’s dry, you can grout it.
Bear in mind that even if you use the exact same grout colour, it might not match perfectly. Grout colour changes over time as it accumulates dirt and wear. “One tip we do tell people who are going down this path is if you replace a tile, consider re-grouting the entire area,” says Jef Forward, creative director of a Forward Design Build. “If it’s a [small] bathroom, yes, I would consider it.” For a larger room, Forward suggests re-grouting a smaller area – maybe 1 x 1.5 metres – so that you can blend the grout a bit more.
These are the steps, assuming that removing the tile goes smoothly. But it’s possible that when you pull up the cracked tile, you’ll discover a cracked subfloor. “If the tile is cracked from an impact, sometimes that damage can extend through and crack the substrate below,“ Forward says. If you see a big crack, you need to follow it beneath the tiles to assess the damage. “The consequence is you may have to pull up perimeter tile,” he says.
Sometimes your tile may need to be replaced, not because it’s broken or cracked, but because it popped out on its own. This can be caused by setting product that wasn’t properly mixed, and in some cases the whole floor may need to be redone for the proper setting bond. So what do you do if you see a crack in the substrate? In general, small cracks can probably be filled and safely retiled, Forward says. But cracks running beneath tiles likely require the help of a professional to assess the situation.
A note on mess: if you’re using a grinder to remove the grout surrounding a tile – which helps for getting leverage – you may want to have a vacuum attached to the grinder so that dust doesn’t go everywhere. It’s also smart to have some surface protection for the tiles around your work area. You’ll want to put down cardboard or some protective material where you place your tools so you don’t accidentally crack more tiles.
And finally, if you’re reading this article and are building or renovating, John McCloskey, a general contractor at J. Francis Co. has this tip: “If you’re fortunate enough to [own] the property when the bathroom is being renovated, have the foresight to order attic stock of the tile.” Attic stock is a five per cent buffer you order when you’re originally laying tile so that you don’t have to try to find a matching tile when one breaks.
Who to hire: A professional tile layer or, for bigger jobs, a general contractor
Cost range: $35 to $120 per square metre, depending on how long it takes
Typical project length: Two to eight hours
Permit: Not typically required
Best time to do this project: Since it’s an indoor project, any time of year is fine.
How to get started: Make sure you have the replacement tile on hand. Decide whether to DIY or hire a pro.
Credit: Erin Carlyle 31 January 2017
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