Build it with Waxman: Large Format – Making the most of a space

Build it with Waxman Collage Tile Collection LARGE FORMAT - April 2016

When it comes to tiles, the vast number of options available can mean that deciding on a final choice can be difficult. Whether putting the finishing touches to a kitchen, bathroom, entryway or conservatory the surface to be used can make a whole lot of difference on the final result. Why not consider large-format tiles?

Generally speaking large-format tiles are anything over 30cmx30cm – however are most commonly associated with tiles to the size of 50x50cm and over. They are seeing an increase in popularity at the moment and it’s easy to see why:

  • They create a contemporary look
  • They give an open look to a room
  • They can create a timeless style that will suit traditional homes
  • They require less grout
  • They are easier to clean

Large-format tiles are available in most materials; however the majority are made from porcelain due to its hard wearing and robust properties. After all, the larger the surface area, the more chance of a breakage in transit or when laying.

Things to consider

Due to their sheer size, large-format tiles are individually weightier than their smaller format counterparts; this can have an impact on where and how they are applied. When applying to walls, it is recommended to ensure the surface is as flat as possible and can take the weight of the tiles. If the tile is too heavy it will simply not stay put, likewise with an uneven wall – this can result in a lackluster finish that will create a less than desirable outcome. It’s also worth remembering the maximum weight walls can bear:

  • Gypsum plaster has a very low value 20kg/m²
  • Unskimmed plasterboard supports around 32kg/m²
  • Cement backerboard can take 50kg/m²

 Floors are easier to work with when it comes to large-format tiles however it’s still advisable that the surface is a flat as possible for the tile to sit on correctly. If tiles are not installed on a flat floor surface, it can result in cracks and uneven surfaces appearing once the install is complete.

Due to their very nature large-format tiles are hard to lift – this is also something to consider if the area is on high ground or a number of stories up.

Where to lay?

Large-format tiles are ideal for large open plan spaces as they enhance the space, making it look visually bigger. Entryways, kitchens and bathrooms have seen the most prominent use of large-format tiles, where they create a flowing floor space that looks uncompromised.

Amb Evolution Stone salon small

(Waxman Ceramics’ Evolution- Stone)

For a contemporary look, large-format tiles are best used in uniform sizes and with clean flowing grout lines. Using a smooth honed finish can also help achieve a more modern effect as it appears fuss-free and minimal with a crisp and flat surface.

Scavo set shot small

(Waxman Ceramics’ Scavo)

More traditional houses would benefit from a combination of large-format sizes with a more riven surface to create a rustic feel. Many large-format tiles are made to create the look of natural stone, with the help of digital printing, which are ideal for farmhouse style kitchens and countryside inspired hallways.

Garland Set Shot small

(Waxman Ceramics’ Garland)

There is also a new wave of large-format tile styles that are set to be popular in the coming years and these are tiles that lend themselves to both indoor and outdoor settings. With varied thicknesses (thinner for indoors and 20mm for outdoors) large-format tiles can make spaces even more seamless by spanning throughout the home into the garden for an ultra-contemporary and open plan feel.  Watch out for these in the coming months, we think they’re the next big thing.

From smooth and polished to rustic and riven, large-format tiles come in all sorts of styles and materials to suit the style, budget and specification of most house building projects. For more information about the large-format tiles we can offer, please check out the Tile Collection range on our new website.

Some of the technical information included in this blog post was taken from:

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