Choosing your Floor Tiles

Floor tile layout

Floor tiles are a crucial purchase when redecorating or starting from fresh on a new build project. It is therefore understandable that you may want to research recent trends and seek advice before deciding on the right tiles for your home. Here at Northern Ceramics, we love nothing more than consulting with our clients, listening to what is important and getting a real feel for the look you are wishing to achieve. If you don’t know where to begin, then please don’t worry – our showroom team will give you all the help you need. This blog shall cover the initial thing to consider when choosing a tile.

Floor tile sizes


What is the right size? Will large tiles automatically make the space larger?

In general, tiles continue to increase in size, with the 75 x 75 and 60 x 120 now standard formats. Becoming more popular are 100x100 and 120x120. If your area can carry these larger tiles then the finished look can be stunning. If, however, your home is better suited to something smaller, you can still get that “wow” finish with different materials, designs and formats. When using a large format consider the smallest area the tile shall be in and then see how the size lays out in this area first.

3d Tile rendering

If you still struggle to visual this then enquire about out 3D Design Service which allows us to show you the tiles in situe.


A wonderful way to open up a space and create light is to carry the same floor tile through from one living area to another. This technique is commonly used in newly constructed homes where the Builder wishes to give the impression that the property is spacious.

Tile layout example

Tile layout example

Another way to open spaces up is to get creative with the layout of tiles; you could consider laying your wood effect tile in a herringbone format. This retro but classic design has made a real come back lately and features in many of the glossy home magazines. A herringbone layout can change a simple wood-effect tile into a floor with real impact.

Tile layout image

If a wood-effect is not for you, then you might want to consider the new ranges of modular tiles with either the rustic finish or the slightly more modern take with rectified edges for smaller grout joints. This timeless style also makes easy transitions from small spaces to larger spaces.


Smaller areas like halls or bathrooms lend themselves to the opportunity to create standout feature pieces to add interest to an area and open the space up. This can be done by using pattern tiles, highlighting grout joints, use of bold colours or creation of a border enclosed feature piece.

Tile feature image

Tiles in hallway

Whatever the size or style of your home, the right floor tile will enhance your living space for years to come.

Call into our showroom and have a chat with the team who will be delighted to help you find the tile that works for you.