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When contemplating building a new home or remodeling your existing Connecticut home, choosing a new tile may not be the first item on your to-do list. But because there are so many different kinds of tiles—and applications—it’s a good idea to get a jump on collecting information. That’s why we posted our Updated Tile Guide: Types, Sizes, Patterns, and More some time ago.

And while the tile may sometimes take a backseat to items such as countertops, cabinets, appliances, and window treatments, the impact it can have (in an entryway, a kitchen, or a bathroom) is significant. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some fun and fascinating facts (along with a few tips) that can help you make the most of these geometrically shaped pieces of pottery or porcelain.

  1. Tiles have been around for a long time. In fact, the earliest known tiles were found in an archaeological dig in Egypt, and they date back to about 4,700 BC.
  2. Tiles are the number one choice of wall covering in bathrooms because they are easy to clean, non-porous when glazed, and mold-resistant.
  3. Ceramic tiles are the most common type of tile and offer the widest variety.
  4. Porcelain tiles cost more than ceramic, but they are stronger, better for higher traffic areas, and available in large formats up to two feet square!
  5. Real stone and marble tiles are much more expensive and more difficult to work with. They can also be porous and may need to be sealed. There are, however, some very realistic and smart-engineered faux alternatives out there.
  6. Bullnose refers to the edge of a tile, which can be either a single bullnose (rounded on one edge) or a double bullnose (rounded on both sides).
  7. Subway tiles are typically 3 x 6 inches, and, as the name suggests, were often used in subways in the US. They are usually white, and can be laid in various patterns, including herringbone!
  8. Mosaic tiles are small tiles that have been used to create decorative patterns for millennia. These days, mosaics are often supplied on a pre-made cloth backing, which makes applying them much easier than it used to be!
  9. Listellos are the Italian name for finger tiles. These are small, narrow, short tiles (often in a variety of shades or colors) that are used to create borders or decorative features in higher-end tiling installations.
  10. Wall tiles are usually thinner, smaller, and lighter. They are also usually weaker, and not designed to withstand significant temperature changes. That’s why you never want to use wall tiles on the floor.

Bathroom Tile Trends


Bathrooms are one of the most popular places to showcase great tile work. Because installing tile is somewhat labor intensive it’s not something you want to replace every few years. So how do you choose a tile that won’t look outdated right away?  Here’s a quick look at some current bathroom tile trends you may want to consider. As you review these options that are popular today, keep in mind that there is a big difference between a trend and a fad. Perhaps the biggest bathroom trend you can expect to see in 2022 is an emphasis on serene, smooth surfaces and understated, organic materials. Think of large slabs of monochromatic stone, matte black fixtures, and light oak wood surfaces that are naturally elegant.

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