Johnson Tiles offers four tips for purchasing tiles for workspaces.

First impressions last, and often clients see the office space, show room or storefront before they actually deal with the people, so physical space presentation and décor need to represent the organisation appropriately.

Johnson Tiles highlights four key tips to consider when it comes to creating the latest tile look on the walls and floors of workspaces.

1.    Consider the space
The first thing to consider when buying tiles, is the area where they will be installed since the space will determine the sizes or even formats of the tiles. Tiles are no longer just produced in standard sizes and shapes. This means that you can get creative with the formats and even the patterns in which the tiles are laid.

Also take into account whether the area is indoor or outdoor. “Customers should ask for a sample of the tile to see if it will match their space, complement their colour scheme and suit their style,” advises Richard Nuss, marketing manager at Johnson Tiles.

2.    Latest tile technology
Inkjet technology allows for high definition printing on ceramic and porcelain tiles. This has led to the development of tiles that look exactly like wood and natural stone, but at a fraction of the price and without the maintenance. “Wood-look tiles are water-resistant, easier to heat and will last for many years without harming the environment – no sealing and no harsh cleaners,” explains Nuss.

For the kitchen or bathroom areas of the office space, it’s advisable to choose ceramic tiles as they are easy to clean and hygienic.

3.    Colour and design
Colour complements design. The latest looks include cement or screed designs, while wood-look tiles with natural-looking wood grains are very popular too.

Greys are trendy at the moment, especially the warmer shades, and adding a touch of yellow and green can bring life and character to interior designs. Furthermore, greys work well with stone, concrete and wood design. “Consider using a lighter tile for dark rooms and a darker and bolder tile for bright rooms,” advises Nuss.

4.    Installation and laying patterns
To ensure a seamless finish and longevity of the tiles, proper installation is critical. For optimum wear and durability, install the best quality tiles and don’t be limited by sticking to a simple square pattern, but explore other options such as diagonal designs.

“Consider cutting the tiles, as this will let you create new layouts suitable to your style,” says Nuss. Moreover, mosaics can be added for glamour to create a specialised look and unique laying patterns. It is also wise to use grout that matches the tile to create a better flow of the room.

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Johnson Tiles
Tel: 011 206 9700
Website: www.johnsontiles.co.za
Twitter: @JohnsonTiles_SA or #JohnsonTilesTips