There are many different finishes available in wall and floor tiles. Many things should be considered. If it's for a bathroom, will it be slippy underfoot? Glossy tiles are beautiful when used on a wall, but often hazardous when wet on a floor.
Matt, satin and riven finish tiles are ideal for all floors as they help with slip resistance when wet. Matt and satin tiles often appear to stay cleaner for longer as they do not show marks quite as easily as a glossy tile. Riven finish tiles are
Natural stone finishes such as honed, tumbled, antiqued, natural cleft and brushed are popular for walls and floors to bring a natural softer texture and feel to your room. These finishes are often imitated in porcelain and ceramic ranges allowing you to get the same look without the maintenance.
Tumbled finish tiles are often natural stone such as limestone or travertine. To get the tumbled effect the tiles are placed in a tumbler to produce an aged, antiqued appearance.
These are an extremely popular choice as the appearance is often unique to each tile piece, therefore creating a natural looking effect for a wall or floor.
Satin finish tiles produce a stylish, modern and contemporary feel to any room of the house. This finish is often a popular choice as it is easy to clean and maintain and adds a more minimalist feel than high gloss.
Satin finishes are smooth to the touch and often with a more soft appearance than other finishes.
Riven is a finish which gives a very natural effect to the tile and is perfect for achieving a rustic, traditional look.
Riven finish tiles are often the properties of real natural stone, however these effects are often imitated in all different types of porcelain and ceramic ranges.
Ideal for walls and floors, a riven finish will provide a greater slip resistance on the floor and is often a popular choice for bathrooms and wet rooms.
Polished finish tiles are made by mechanically polishing porcelain until it has a high gloss appearance.
The shiny look to the tiles means colours appear brighter and more vivid. Whereas black and white polished tiles almost appear to have a mirror effect in the surface.
A natural cleft finish has an uneven surface but is still suitable to be used as a floor tile. Natural cleft slate tiles get their finish from the layers of slate when quarried.
Most slates are only lightly clefted as heavy cleft finish can be a tripping hazard and is not recommended as a floor tile.
Some marbles, sandstones and limestones are available with heavy clefting for use as a wall tile.
Matt finish tiles are incredibly stylish and ultra modern. They are becoming increasingly popular with designers and trend-setters as they are very luxurious and often offer a natural stone effect which usually looks more expensive than it is!
Honed finish tiles are created when the surface is polished down until the tile has a smooth flat surface with a sheen which highlights the variations in the natural colours.
Travertine, is too soft to take a high polish and so is frequently made with a honed finish. Slate and limestone are also popular tiles readily available in a honed finish.
High gloss tiles are still as popular as ever. Due to the reflective nature of the finish, they reflect light back into the room and help to keep an area feeling spacious. Gloss tiles are relatively easy to maintain as the finish is so smooth.
A brushed stone tile has a smooth finish with a worn look that gives it some natural worn/rustic appearance. Brushed stone can be filled or unfilled. The brushing process consists of diamond tipped wire brushes that sweep across the tile.
Popular brushed tiles are slate, limestone and sandstone.