How to choose hallway tiles

Friday 12 June 2015, Written by Sarah Cole Tags: Victorian Flooring, Natural Stone, Hallway, Floor

As the first thing you and your guests see when you enter your home, hallways are important to get right to create that all-important good first impression. Whether you want a grandiose area to impress visitors, or a cosy entrance that welcomes you home after a long day, it’s possible to create either of these environments using tiles.

Tiles are the logical choice for this area, given the heavy traffic along with less than ideal conditions including muddy shoes, rain, wet umbrellas and mess made by children and pets. Take this into account when you choose your tiles, as some materials will cope better with these challenges than others. Natural stone will need to be properly sealed, whereas most ceramic and porcelain tiles are ready to go once installed. Once this has been done, however, your tiles won't be bothered by water, mud or a bit of rough treatment. What's more, they are easy to clean - a must-have attribute for our busy lives.

What's the best type of tile for a hallway?

The type of tiles you choose will depend very much on your desired style and how keen you are to keep up with any maintenance requirements. Beautiful but porous products like natural stone flooring will need to be resealed periodically to protect them.

Ceramic tiles are an excellent, easy clean option, and vitrified versions, such as the Odyssey range, have been fired at very high temperatures to remove water. This means that these ceramic tiles are all but impervious to water (they can even be installed outside!) Porcelain tiles are also an extremely practical and cost-effective solution for hallway flooring - but be sure to check that your chosen design won't become slippery when wet. Certain tiles have low slip potential to ensure safety in all environments, such as these realistic Arbo wood effect tiles.

Patterned tiles vs neutral tiles

Victorian style geometric floor tiles in beautiful repeating patterns, as well as exotic printed patterned tiles are popular choices within hallways. If you've been waiting for an opportunity to make a bold design choice in your home - this could be it! As hallways don't tend to be areas where you linger, you can afford to use bright or bold pattern as you're unlikely to tire of it. Try and find a happy medium between pattern and colour, and if you're new to using graphic tiles, why not choose a striking pattern in a neutral shade? Offset bold tiles with neutral walls to keep the focus on the floor.

Neutral tiled flooring doesn't have to be boring, though, add you can add interest with textured products like tumbled marble, limestone or slate - check out the Earthworks collection for a range of attractive stone. Natural stone tiles feature naturally occurring colour variations that add depth.

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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