But what does it say?
There are many benefits of incorporating porcelain tile into your design. The comparison will usually be made between the up-front financial investment of tile to other available finishes that may cost less, but the return on the investment should also be considered before making the final material selections. The three benefits that particularly stand out are the long-term durability of the product, the perceived status of porcelain tile, and the style that is communicated through the design.
Porcelain tile is widely accepted to be the most durable finish material when it comes to interior design. If the correct tile is specified for the space, porcelain tile can last for 50+ years! This eliminates having to replace the product due to wear. Tile also requires minimum maintenance and is also hygienic due to its low absorption rate and smooth surface. Because it’s easy to clean and resistant to stains, tile will not only stand the test of time, but it will maintain its original look throughout.
The use of porcelain or ceramic tile in a space evokes a sense of permanence and stability. Projects that are intended to stay in place for many years specify tile. This includes shopping malls, airports, train stations, etc. These projects and companies are willing to invest the money in a perceived “high-end” product because they are confident in their own longevity and want to portray such an image to their end user.
After considering all of the functional benefits that tile can offer to your space comes the fun part – the fashion! Just like clothes, tile styles change with the season. There are the trends that come and go and the classics that will never go out of style. By knowing what category your selections falls into, you can understand what message this tile is sending. This conscious or sub-conscious meaning can visually enhance the branding of a company in a commercial setting and also speaks directly to the style and personality of the homeowner in a residential setting. Once you choose the tile itself, the pattern in which its installed can add a whole other layer of design style.
Although the use of porcelain or ceramic tile may increase the initial cost of your project, the benefits you get in return are worth the investment. This is an extremely durable product that sends a message of permanence in such a stylish and beautiful way.