kitchen, rooms

The Tile Illusion


Many of us know what it's like to suffer from the curse of a small kitchen. Considering this is a room that we tend to spend a lot of time in, it can be very frustrating to be stuck between four walls that feel like they're closing in on you.

But there is a silver lining. If you don't have the budget to literally make your kitchen bigger, there's still a number of easy ways to make it appear larger using clever tiling techniques. Leading supplier of natural stone and porcelain tiles WOMAG offers the following tips for using tiles to create the illusion that your cooking and entertaining space is longer and wider than it really is:

1. avoid grout lines

Use bigger tiles (as big as 1m x 1m if possible) to avoid grout lines, which interrupt flow and instantly make a space feel constrained. It's possible to buy ultra tiles that are very large in scale (see an example in the image below), but just remember that the 1.5m x 1.5m option is easier to work with than the huge 3m x 1.5m.

WomagUltra

2. use diagonal lines

If using tiles with patterns, choose ones with diagonal lines rather than parallel lines as this effect will help to create the illusion of extra space.

3. go long

If you've opted for wood-look tiles, select longer and wider versions like the ones seen in the scene below to make the eye travel further and give the sense that the space is more expansive.

Womagwood

4. mix square and rectangular tiles

Create visual interest on the kitchen floor by using square and rectangular tiles in the same colour. The mix creates variety that interests the eye and gives the room the feeling of being spacious.

Visit womag.co.za to find out more and to view the brand's wide range of tile options.