Gloss VS Matt Tiles
There are many decisions involved with the process of choosing tiles, and at Pentagon Tiles, we know all too well that this can be overwhelming. Colour, size and shape are obvious factors to consider, but an often overlooked tile characteristic is a matt or gloss finish. This may seem like an easy decision, as gloss tiles are an extremely popular choice for homeowners, but this significant factor can make a huge difference to the feel and maintenance of any room.
Gloss tiles can make even the smallest of rooms appear larger. The outcome is similar to that of adding a mirror to a room. The light reflection opens up the space, and tricks the eye into making the room appear wider and more open than it actually is. As a result, gloss tiles are an excellent design choice for bathrooms, ‘box rooms’ and hallways, that are typically smaller and narrower.
For a room to feel lighter and brighter, gloss tiles are the go-to. In spaces with low amounts of natural light, gloss tiles maximise this small amount by bouncing light back and forth around the space. A great option for small downstairs bathrooms.
Extremely easy to clean and maintain, the smooth nature of the glossy surfaces need only a simple wipe down for them sparkle. This is one of the many reasons as to why gloss tiles are a popular choice for messy spaces, such as kitchen backsplashes and shower walls.
However, if you’re looking to create depth and texture to a room, there isn’t really much choice for texture with gloss tiles due to the style of the finish.
Below, our V&A collection of high gloss marble effect tiles, demonstrate how light bounces off the smooth, silky finish.
While matt tiles may lack the bright and shiny appeal, they have better traction than gloss.
For high traffic spaces that are in frequent contact with water, humidity and steam, matt tiles offer a more ‘non-slip’ reputation. Spaces such as hallways, kitchens and bathrooms will all benefit from matt tiles.
Unlike gloss tiles, matt tiles can better conceal smudges, stains and dried water droplets. Matt tiles do not require frequent cleaning, and when you do clean them, there is no need to be as vigilant for water and soap marks.
If you are keen to achieve a natural or rustic decor, matt tiles are the way forward. With a variety of stone, wood and cement effect tiles available, the warm, natural and earthy tones all contribute to the rustic effect. For those seeking a calming environment, the less reflective surface of matt tiles can help to create a place to relax and unwind.
Below, our Woodland tiles incorporate the natural textures and tones of wood, to create an intriguing industrial bedroom.
Combining Gloss and Matt Tiles
Usually, when we mix and match tiles they tend to be of the same style, but of a different colour and sometimes shape. However, the latest trends suggest something completely new, combining matt and gloss tiles of the same colour!
Bringing together the two styles creates a unique design that presents a simple and subtle patterned effect. The fuse of smooth and textured generates an interesting and tactile space, that can look particularly interesting in the bathroom. Matt tiles on the floor prevent slippage, while gloss wall tiles really open up and brighten this functional space.
As shown in the image below, the gloss finish catches the light to reveal a pattern alongside the matt texture, despite the tiles being the same colour and shape.
Matt and gloss are both finishes that can be integrated into any space, without the use of tiles. In the bathroom or kitchen, concrete effect countertops paired with high gloss backsplashes (or vice versa) is just one of the many ways you can introduce this latest trend into your home.
The tiles shown below are from our Press Cento collection. Available in 9 colours, both gloss and matt finishes, you can achieve this unique and intriguing look in your home.
At Pentagon Tiles, we offer a wide range of both matt and gloss finishes, but what will you go for - gloss, matt or a fusion of both? Head to our Harlow showroom for inspiration.