Large format tiles have been trending for over a decade now, and they keep getting BIGGER , literally! With the rapid growth of today’s technology tile sizes are increasing and can be made as large 5 X 10 feet and, in many cases, even larger!
Thanks to advanced digital printing,porcelain slabs can be created to look like natural stone, concrete, metal and wood, giving us a multitude of design possibilities in grand proportions!
In this post we are going to talk about the PROS and CONS of large tiles, Where They are Best Used, and of course most importantly What are Large Scale Tiles?
What are large format tiles?
On an average large format tiles range anywhere from 30” x 30” and in some cases exceeding 60” x 120”, cut in rectangular and square slabs. Most commonly used on floors and walls, large scale tile slabs offer a clean, sleek, and modern aesthetic. There are large scales slabs that come in either a book-matched pattern or a set of up to four slabs that continue the same pattern.
We tend to think that large format tiles are best used in larger spaces. This is not completely false, large format tiles definitely enhance a larger space and create a grand and modern aesthetic. However, they also help enlarge smaller spaces and trick the eye in visually making the space appear larger than it is. Especially when used on the floor and the wall, they result in less visual interruption and therefore elongate the room.
Showers and bathrooms are one very popular area where these slabs can be used and offer a very chic and modern feel. Fire place mantles/boxes are another location where these large slabs can be used and often are an amazing way to create a focal point. Another application that has become even more poplar is the use of these large slabs in the construction of counter-tops.
- They are suitable for multiple projects and applications, you can use them on floors, walls and as design accents.
- They have fewer grout lines, which makes them easier to clean.
- They are a much thinner and light weight alternative to natural stone slabs.
- They tend to be a bit on the pricey side but since they are made in larger dimensions this is to be expected.
- Transporting could also be a bit of a challenge due to the size and thickness of the slabs.