Sizes, and selection, abound.
Ceramic tile is manufactured in sizes ranging from one inch to twenty-four inches
Ceramic tile is normally boxed and priced by the square foot, regardless of the
size of the individual tile itself.
You should also know that tile size is relative. Tile is usually referred to by
its nominal size, not its actual size.
During the firing process, ceramic tile will shrink, on average, by about 10% in
size. For example a 12” by 12” floor tile will actually measure 11-7/8
Currently, the most popular ceramic floor tile are the larger sized tiles such as
13” by 13”, 16” by 16” and 18” by 18” sizes.
Tile size takes its cue from the room size.
When considering what size tile would be appropriate for your given space, start
by determining the size of the room.
Often times, people think that small rooms call for small tile. That is not necessarily
true. In fact, incorporating a larger size tile in a smaller room will visually
increase the size of the space. And fewer grout lines will help create a cleaner
Conversely, using a tile size that’s too small creates more grout joints that
may make the floor look too busy.
As with all design elements, scale plays an important
role in creating a room’s overall balance. So, please consider it carefully
to achieve your desired look.