Matt vs Gloss
- Matt vs. Gloss Tiles: Which Should you choose?
- Often the choice between matt and gloss tiles is simply a matter of taste. But, as with all projects involving wall and floor tiles, you need to make an informed choice before plumping for one or the other.
- There are advantages and disadvantages to both matt and gloss tiles – not to mention the fact that the overall looks created can be completely different – so it’s important to choose carefully.
- Gloss tiles are the shiny, light reflecting tiles you’d typically expect to find in smaller bathrooms. The reflection of these tiles opens small spaces and allows limited light to bounce back and forth around the room. The gloss finish is in the glaze, so any type of tile can be sold this way.
- Although sometimes used for floors, gloss tiles are better suited to walls, especially in home spas that often retain plenty of moisture when in use. However, they can be used for some floors if cared for correctly. Anti-slip tiles will help to prevent any problems with slipping if the floor gets a little bit wet.
- Gloss tiles are particularly easy to clean, if this is regularly done. If left to dry, water and soap droplets become difficult to remove and obvious to the eye. To some extent, colour will also influence how much you see, but regular cleaning will prevent water and soap stains, and will keep your tiles looking sparkling new.
- Matt tiles are better suited to larger bathrooms and those with exceptional lighting design. They do not make a room appear smaller, but unlike gloss tiles, they do not open the room as light is not able to reflect off the matt surface.
- Matt tiles are preferred as floor tiles because they do not present the same slip-and-fall factor that comes with gloss tiles. Once again, the non-reflective, slightly dulled appearance is the result of a finishing glaze.
- Although matt tiles are a popular choice for the floor of your bathroom, you can use these tiles on the walls too. Matt tiles do not reveal smudges and dried water droplets easily which makes them ideal for busy bathrooms, especially those in holiday homes where cleaning is not on the daily agenda.
- Why Choose Matt Tiles?
- There are so many decisions you will need to make when selecting the right tiles for your bathroom. Colour, size, composition and shape are obvious factors to consider, but an often-overlooked factor is the importance of the matt or gloss finish. This small but significant factor can make a big difference to the feel and maintenance of your bathroom.
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