There are many decisions involved in the tile selection process, and at Floor Depot we know very well that this can be overwhelming. Color, size and shape are obvious factors to consider, but an often overlooked feature of tiles is a matte or glossy finish. This may seem like an easy decision, as glazed tiles are a very popular choice for homeowners, but this important factor can make a huge difference to the feel and upkeep of any room.
Glossy Surface Floor Tile
Tiles can make even the smallest room seem bigger.
The result is similar to adding a mirror to a room. Reflected light opens up space and deceives the eye by making the room appear larger and more open than it really is. As a result, glazed tiles are a great design choice for bathrooms, “cupboards” and hallways, which are usually smaller and narrower.
To make a room feel lighter and brighter, glossy tiles are a starting point. In spaces with low amounts of natural light, glazed tiles maximize this small amount by reflecting light back and forth in the space. Great option for a small bathroom downstairs. Very easy to clean and maintain, the smooth nature of the glossy surface only needs a simple wipe to give it a shine. This is one of the many reasons why glazed tiles are a popular choice for cluttered spaces, such as kitchen backsplashes and bathroom walls.
Matte Surface Floor Tile
While matte tiles may not have a bright, shiny look, they have better appeal than gloss.
For high-traffic spaces that are in frequent contact with water, moisture and steam, matte tiles offer a reputation for being more “slip resistant”. Spaces like hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms will all benefit from matte tiles.
Unlike glossy tiles, matte tiles better hide dry stains, stains and drips. Matte tiles don’t require frequent cleaning, and when you clean them, you don’t have to be wary of soap and water marks.
If you want a natural or rustic decor, matte tiles are the solution. With a variety of stone, wood and concrete effect tiles available, warm, natural and earthy tones all contribute to a rustic effect. For those seeking a relaxing environment, the matte tiles create the ideal place to relax and unwind.
Combination of Glossy and Matte Tiles
Usually, when we mix and match tiles, they tend to have the same style, but differ in color and sometimes shape. However, the latest trend suggests something completely new, combining matte and glossy tiles of the same color!
The union of the two styles creates a unique design that delivers a simple and subtle patterned effect. The blend of smooth and textured creates an attractive and tactile space, which can look very attractive in a bathroom. The matte tiles on the floor prevent slipping, while the glossy tiles for the walls really open up and brighten up this functional space.
the glossy finish catches the light to reveal the pattern in addition to the matte texture, even though the tiles are the same color and shape.
Matt and glossy are both finishes that can be integrated into any space, without the use of tiles. In the bathroom or kitchen, concrete effect countertops paired with a glossy splashback (or vice versa) is just one of the many ways you can achieve.