Large Format Tiles vs Traditional Tiles – Which Is Right For My Home?

Thinking about renovating your home this year, but not sure where to start? There’s no doubt that during the interior design process, you’ll be faced with a decision on whether to choose large format tiles or traditional tiles for rooms around your home.

The experts here at Roccia tiles, bathrooms and kitchens take a closer look at some of the most compelling reasons for choosing large format tiles and traditional tiles, based on your requirements.

La Roche

Image: La Roche Tiles

Why Choose Large Format Tiles?

On Trend Interiors

Large format tiles have been on trend for a number of years now, and there are no signs of them being a thing of the past any time soon.

If you do choose large format tiles for your home, you can rest assured that your décor will remain on trend for years to come. A sound investment if you ask us!

Make Your Rooms Feel Larger

For many, space is a huge factor when it comes to renovating their home. By using large format tiles in your property, you immediately find that areas feel more spacious and less cluttered. With less grout lines than traditional tiles, large format tiles are renowned for making any space feel substantially larger than it actually is.

Not only will you benefit from a significantly larger feel to your room, you’ll also find that thanks to their size, it takes considerably less time to install these tiles too. Ideal whether you’re installing them yourself, or if a professional is taking on the work for you.


Image: Timeless Tiles

Perfect for Clean & Muted Interiors

There’s been a real shift towards cleaner interior aesthetics in recent years and large format tiles give you access to an array of muted tones that can help you achieve your dream interior.

Tiles are often the focal point of any room, but in some cases you’ll simply want them to fade into the background; whilst large format tiles have bundles of personality, if you choose more muted tones when purchasing you will find that they’re the ideal complement to your modern and minimalistic interior.

Tiling Beyond the Kitchen & Bathroom

It’s important to remember that tiles aren’t exclusively for use in your bathroom and kitchen too; more and more homeowners are looking to utilise tiles throughout their homes, in reception areas, hallways and even in their living and bed rooms.

Large format tiles are an ideal solution if you’re looking to tile an expansive area of your home, and are perfect for those who are also looking to seamlessly transition their indoor tiles into outdoor areas too. With their ability to make smaller spaces look larger, large format tiles have a firm favourite for those who are looking to install tiles throughout their property.

Outdoor tiles are the perfect complement to your interior design, and can extend your overall living space into your garden. Be sure to match up your interior and exterior tile designs where possible.


Image: Stoncrete Tiles

Why Choose Traditional Tiles?

Patterns Aplenty

It’s no secret that many forms of traditional tiles come with some genuinely stunning patterns as standard – inevitably this is one of their main draws. If you already have quite a muted interior and you’re looking to add some colour and vibrancy, traditional tiles are the perfect way to do this in a subtle way.

With eye-catching designs available, traditional tiles offer homeowners a more flexible approach to interior design. We’d definitely recommend adding some contrast, especially in more traditional, rustic interiors.

Element Tiles

Image: Element Tiles

Ideal For Smaller Spaces

Traditional tiles are the perfect solution to any smaller spaces that need some tiling TLC. With their smaller size, they’re ideal for tough to reach areas, whilst also being a solution to any smaller bathrooms in your home.

When tiling smaller spaces in your home, always take the time to consider the colour of tile you’re going for though! Darker colours make spaces look and feel smaller than they are, whereas lighter tones make spaces feel significantly larger; so always go for a lighter shade if in doubt.

Durable & Robust

It’s no surprise that traditional tiles have long been a staple within homes around the world, with their durable properties enabling them to withstand large amounts of footfall. Suitable for use on both walls and the floor, traditional tiles give homeowners peace of mind that they won’t need replacing in the coming years, thanks to their robust nature.

Their size inevitably helps them to be even more durable than large format tiles, though it’s worth noting that the latter are still extremely robust too.

Kitchen Splashbacks

Traditional tiles are the perfect kitchen splashback for a number of reasons; with their ability to clean up extremely easily, whilst also providing some contrast to the rest of the kitchen, traditional tiles are rightfully king when it comes to splashbacks.

We’d recommend utilising traditional tiles to complement your kitchen design, whether they be patterned or include more muted tones.


Image: Kiko Tiles

The Verdict

When it comes to choosing the right tiles for your home, you need to take all factors into consideration. Taking the time to properly plan and consult with interior design experts can help you to install a seamless look throughout your home, no matter which type of tiles you choose to install.

As a general rule of thumb, we would recommend choosing large format tiles if:

  • You have a large, expansive space to tile.
  • You’re looking to create a more spacious feel in your home.
  • You want to incorporate indoor and outdoor areas of your home more seamlessly.
  • You want to achieve a modern/minimalistic look in your property.

And choose traditional tiles if:

  • You’re looking to create contrast within your home.
  • You want some patterned tiles to complement your existing interior.
  • You’re short on space.
  • You want to incorporate more eye-catching designs into your home.

If you’re still not completely sure which type of wall or floor tiles are right for your home, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts here at Roccia today. You can call us on 01772 258998 or email the team at [email protected] and a member of our team will be sure to assist you further.

You can also visit us at our tile showroom in Preston or tile showroom in Bolton restrictions are lifted, so be sure to pop in and see us when safe to do so!

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