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Maximize Your Space With Large-Format Tile

A large impact, an aesthetically pleasing living space and easier maintenance — large-format tiles have countless style and function benefits. We are going to discuss the definition of a large-format tile, advantages and how to design a space with these grand tiles in mind. Large-format tiles, or LFTs as they are called within the industry, have become bigger than ever. When you see the gorgeous impact they have on a room, you’ll know why!

What Is Large-Format Tile?

In recent years, we have seen a surge in LFTs as the tile industry continues to experiment and grow through new technologies. Just ten years ago, a mere 12” tile would have been considered large format. Today, the technical definition of a large-format tile is anything with one side that exceeds 16”, but the largest tiles we’ve seen were presented at the 2018 Cersaie Tile Show and they were over 10 feet long!

A versatile design option, these large tiles come in square and rectangular shapes in both ceramic, porcelain and stone options and can be used on walls or floors. The photo below features Venato Blanco used in two large-format sizes from floor to wall to create a contemporary and harmonious look.

Looking for an LFT that is large enough to make the room appear larger than it is but won’t overwhelm your space? Our most popular size, 12″ x 24″, is a gratifying middle ground for most spaces. Get a feel for the scale in the image below with our 12″ x 25″ Decor Flow tile.

Aesthetics & Advantages

Increase functionality in your designs by incorporating large-format tiles. One of the best things that large-format tiles do is minimize grout joints, creating a crisp and elegant design. Not only does this create a seamless look, it is also easier to clean and requires less maintenance.

Simply due to the size of large-format tiles, you have the ability to create the illusion of a bigger space with neat, sharp grout lines. Observe below how the large-format floor tiles naturally create a more open, transitional space in this impressive fireplace setting.

Designing With LFTs

A big, expansive tile is exactly what you need to make any space appear even more fabulous. Large-format tiles reduce visual interruption by requiring fewer grout joints. Consider using LFTs to maximize a large floor plan while creating a visually cohesive look. The design process is actually quite straightforward. Using large-format tiles horizontally will create the illusion of a wider space, and to make your walls feel taller and exaggerated, use LFTs vertically.

“Large-format tiles give you the opportunity to enhance the size of any living space and create a very elegant feel.”—Brandy Janke, The Tile Shop product designer

The gorgeous shower below displays a horizontal large-format wall tile that creates a bold statement and visually broadens the sophisticated space to appear wider.

Use large-format tile on your fireplace to create a clean, harmonious look catered to your personal style. We love the geometric patterned Sides series because it fosters a modern yet rustic feel featured below.

Because large-format tiles appreciate the size of spaces, they are a spectacular option for kitchens, entryways, mudrooms or any large, open areas. Featured below, our Sambu Azul LFT visually amplifies the floor space with a wood look to create a unique and durable flooring option.

The Calcutta large-format tile featured below replicates a marble-like effect to enhance a smooth and refined look.

Large format achieves a grand perception as an entire space appears unified, on trend with a sleek wallpaper effect. The Metalica Cell tile creates a dramatic effect through a uniquely textured pattern while the neat, minuscule grout joints almost completely disappear from this modern space.

An appealing characteristic of many large-format tiles is the multifired process that brings a unique dimension to their surfaces, creating rich textures and adding an elevated flair as seen in the photo below.

LFTs can be used to create a spa-like feel when used in bathrooms, as pictured in the luxurious shower below. Large-format tiles can often mimic other materials, such as a concrete look, to achieve a desired industrial aesthetic.

To create a truly dynamic and eye-catching room, pair large-format tiles with mosaics to see the opposite sizes play off each other.

Design a captivating accent wall using Decor Impact’s dazzling 3-D starburst pattern.

Wondering if LFTs are for you? First, consider that to enlarge any space you must pick the size of tile that supports your desired feel. Large format is excellent for complementing a larger room, but these innovative tiles can truly be used in any space. Additionally, if you want to intensify the size of a small room, a large-format tile might be just what you need to reflect a more spacious feel.  Schedule an appointment with our design associates to create your dream space and get expert advice on using large-format tiles.

Want more? Think bigger! Loving LFTs as much as us? Check out our impressive collection of large-format tile options here.

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