Q: Big tiles or small tiles in our new kitchen? Do big tiles really make a kitchen look bigger?
I am looking to redo my kitchen. A friend of mine who recently redid her kitchen told me that larger tiles actually make your kitchen look bigger. Is this true? That doesn't seem to make sense to me. I would love to know what a professional thinks about big versus small tiles.
A: big tiles = bigger space
Large-format tile do tend to make a room look larger. The reason this tends to work is because the lines between tiles are lengthened, and give an optical illusion of the room being "extended"- whereas with smaller tiles, your eye sees visual "breaks" in pattern.
You might also want to consider that installing tile on a diagonal tends to make a room look bigger. I know this look is not for everyone, but that is why a lot of home design photography shows tile at an angle, or the room is shot from an angle. It's all about optical illusion skewing the depth perception and perspective.
I hope this helps!
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A: Big tiles vs small tiles
In my opinion, I do think in some cases larger tiles can make a room appear or feel bigger. I think its more psychological than anything. However, small tiles can make a floor appear "busy". I typically see smaller tiles on older homes. The trend, today, seems to be larger sizes such as 12x12 and up on the floors. The trend seems to be carrying over to wall tile. For example, 4x4 and 6x6 tiles on the walls of a shower seem to have fallen out of favor with many homeowners.
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