Ceramic Tile, A Decorating Favorite

by J on October 31, 2010

Wanting to make a change in your home, but not sure what to do? One home improvement project that can make a dramatic difference is ceramic tile. It’s hard to beat the variety of tile that’s available for purchase on the market. Tile is suitable for so many different types of projects that you may have trouble narrowing down your choices.

Ceramic tile has been popular through the ages. Archaeologists have found tiles that survived the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii back in 79 AD.  Today, homeowners and designers love tile for its versatility, beauty and durability.

The tiles are so durable because of how they’re formed. They are made from clay, which is fired at a high heat. Many tiles are then glazed, and that requires another baking process, which further strengthens them. Tiles come in a rainbow of colors and patterns, and you can mix and match them, allowing you to create a truly one-of-a-kind look for your home. If you don’t feel competent working with the tiles, contact a handyman services business and have them do the installation for you.

Ceramic tile also has a number of characteristics that make them popular with homeowners. They are water-resistant, scratch-resistant, fire-resistant, hygienic and antiallergenic. You can now see why tile is a natural choice for kitchens and bathrooms.

Tile for the Kitchen

Ceramic tile is a beautiful choice for the kitchen. It makes a stunning floor. Because the tile is so durable, choose a color that will work well with several different paint colors, should you decide to redecorate over the years.

You don’t need to just limit tile to the floor in your kitchen. A ceramic tile backsplash is both a functional and beautiful addition to your kitchen. Many homeowners have chosen to tile a wall in their kitchens, creating a focal point for the entire room. And some have decided to tile their countertops as well. Again, your local handyman should be able to discuss the design possibilities for your home.

Ceramic Bathroom Tile

Ceramic floor tiles are an excellent choice for bathrooms because of their water-resistant and hygienic properties. Be sure to look for non-slip varieties for the floor. If you love the posh spa bathrooms at resorts, you can create that same feel in your own bathroom by tiling your shower. Or, why not try your hand at creating a colorful mosaic for your wall? The possibilities are endless when you’re working with tile.

You’ll also find tile available to fit every budget. From inexpensive but beautiful tile at the big box stores to hand-made tiles found in specialty home improvement stores, there is sure to be a tile just right for you. If you happen to fall in love with an upscale tile but can’t afford to use if for your whole project, purchase a few pieces and mix it with more inexpensive tiles.

With ceramic tile, you’re only limited by your own creativity. It’s one home improvement project that can pack a big bang for its buck.

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