Top four tips to consider when selecting tiles for workspaces such as offices, showrooms or storefronts.

The saying ‘first impressions last’ rings true for people but can be equally applicable to businesses too. Many customers see an office space, showroom or storefront before they actually deal with team members, which is why physical space presentation is important. Décor needs to represent an organisation appropriately. This is why Johnson Tiles has put together four key tips to consider when it comes to flooring a workspace with the latest looks.

Selecting tiles

The first thing that should be considered when buying tiles is the area in which the tiles will be installed. Space will determine the size and format of the tiles to consider. Tiles are no longer just produced in standard sizes and shapes, which enables one to get creative with the formats and even the patterns in which the tiles are laid.

Also important is whether the area be tiled is indoors or outdoors. If it’s for an outdoor area, consider installing textured porcelain, which is slip- and frost-resistant. “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,” says Richard Nuss, marketing manager at Johnson Tiles.

Inkjet tiles

Inkjet technology has revolutionised tile design as it 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, easy to heat and will last for many years without harming the environment – no sealing or harsh cleaners needed,” continues Richard. “When buying tiles, particularly for the kitchen or bathroom areas of the office space, it’s advisable to consider ceramic tiles as they are easy to clean and hygienic.”

Colour and design

Colour complements design, which is why it’s important that these elements are considered when making tile choices. The latest looks include cement or screed designs. Wood-look tiles, with natural-looking wood grains are also popular.

According to Richard, greys are trendy and very popular at the moment, particularly warmer grey colour schemes. Greys, with a touch of yellow and green, are great for bringing 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 lighter and bolder tile for bright rooms,” he advises.

Installation of tiles

Proper installation is critical for the perfect finish and longevity of tiles. For best wear and durability, it’s advisable to install the best quality tiles in order to get the best result. “Don’t limit yourself by sticking to a simple square pattern; there are other installation options such as diagonal designs that one can choose from,” continues Richard. “Consider cutting the tiles, as this will let you create new layouts suited to your style.” Moreover, mosaics can be added for glamour to create a specialised look and unique style to the room.

Richard concludes by highlighting that a grout which matches the tiles installed should be selected in order to create better flow within a room.