Tiles can completely transform the look of a room. Try these affordable solutions to everyday problems.
For a quick-fix home décor try a new set of tiles. Whether its slate tiles to glass splashbacks and wood-like tiles you can transform that braai area, bathroom or kitchen from drab to fab in no time.
Problem: We recently built an indoor braai but the walls around it have started to crack. What can we do?
Solution: Turn your fireplace into an attention-grabbing design feature using tiles. Natural stone tiles such as slate with its beautiful golden/reddish-brown hues create a rustic look. Because of slate tiles’ durability and ease of maintenance, they’re perfect for outside fireplaces and braai areas.
Slate tiles, from R89.99/m2, Tile Africa.
Tip: Slate tiles offer great insulation around fireplaces and braai areas
Problem: I love my kitchen but the tiles are really dated and I can never seem to clean all the grout from between the tiles.
Solution: Glass splashbacks are ultra- modern, and add a sense of space and light to both kitchens and bathrooms. They are also hygienic, easy to clean and durable. Alternatively use glass mosaic tiles to create a decorative splashback. They’re great for kitchen walls, as well as stoves and sinks.
Create a solid mosaic splashback or as a cost-saver, opt for a mosaic border. A border can be wide or narrow, horizontal or vertical and is placed in between normal wall tiles. Glass and cutting, price available on request, Cashbuild.
Problem: I love the warmth and texture of wood, but I’m worried about using it in the bathroom because of all the moisture.
Solution: While wood can look elegant and sophisticated, it doesn’t fare that well in wet or damp spaces such as bathrooms. However, you can still create a wooden finish or statement wall with porcelain wood-look tiles, which are fairly easy to install and maintain. Lighter coloured wood-look tiles will make a small bathroom appear more spacious while darker shades will create warmth. Ceramic wood-look tiles are perfect for bathroom walls and floors. Wood-look tiles, from R299.99/m2, Tile Africa
Tip: Bathrooms add value to your house so it’s worth investing in quality fittings here.