Featured Image: Concerto Black & White Glazed Porcelain Wall Tile from Arizona Tile
Looking to upgrade your space? Whether you’re renovating a laundry room or installing a wet bar, a tiled backsplash or wall creates a striking effect at an affordable cost. Bold colors, unique patterns and sleek textures breathe new life into your home. Ready to take it up a notch? A high-gloss title elevates your space further with a polished finish that complements any design style – from boho-chic to mid-century modern.
Here we share five tips on incorporating high-gloss tile into your next design project as well as information on how to maintain its shine.
Image: Gioia Navy Glazed Porcelain Wall Tile from Arizona Tile
1. Go Bold
Add a pop of color to liven up your palette. Vibrant colors and bold patterns are on-trend, so don’t be afraid to mix and match. A high-gloss porcelain tile like Gioia or Concerto will catch the light, adding a bit of flair and dimension to your space. Consider alternating tile colors for a sophisticated, bold effect that adds sharp contrast and catches the eye.
Image: Flash Cool Grey and Flash Graphite 5 x 5 Ceramic Tile Kitchen Backsplash from Arizona Tile
2. Mix Sizes
The soft colors and glossy finishes of Flash and Smooth create a welcoming vibe, perfect for a primary bathroom or cozy kitchen. Both are available in a wide range of colors, so you are sure to find something for your design aesthetic Mix different tile sizes and orientations to add movement and draw the eye around the room.
Image: Paloma Pumice, Steel, & Cotton Rhomboid 6 X 10 Ceramic Wall Tile from Arizona Tile
3. Play with Shapes
Incorporate a uniquely shaped tile to add a contemporary feel to your space. Picket, hexagonal, or a rhombus-shaped tile adds dimension and intrigue. Create a sense of movement with repeating colors or opt for a chevron pattern that transforms a traditional look tile into an elegant statement piece. Look for a high-gloss porcelain or ceramic tile like Paloma. It’s available in a variety of neutral hues so your use of color complements the interesting shape instead of competing with it.
Image: Themar Porcelain Lobby Floor Tile from Arizona Tile
4. Add Movement with Marble
If you prefer traditional-shaped tile, consider incorporating a pattern. For a tranquil vibe, select a marble-look high-gloss porcelain tile like Themar. Its polished finish and lavish design exude elegance and sophistication, adding a spa-like fee to the room. Available in several sizes, opt for the larger 12 x 24 and 24 x 24 sizes if you want to showcase the veining and movement within the tile.
Image: Tru Marmi Gold Porcelain Living Room Floor Tile from Arizona Tile
5. Think Outside the Walls
A bold tile isn’t just for a wall or backsplash. For a truly opulent look, add a high-gloss porcelain tile to your floor. The effect is similar to a hotel or resort and will instantly transport you to a luxurious destination. Themar and Tru Marmi are great additions to any design style, but the organic movement of marble is the perfect complement to clean looks and sharp lines. Think minimalist and modern when adding furniture and accent décor to a room with a high-gloss porcelain floor. The contrast will give you an upscale look without appearing overdone.
How to Care For High-Gloss Porcelain & Ceramic Tile
A high-gloss finish adds more character than a traditional matte tile. However, it’s important to care for your tile to maintain its shine. To keep porcelain or ceramic tile floors shining, sweep or vacuum regularly to prevent dirt from scratching the tile. For high-trafficked areas – such as a living room or foyer – place doormats in and outside of entryways. This will help minimize the amount of outside materials carried into your home and make maintenance easier.
Normal upkeep for high-gloss porcelain or ceramic tile is very easy: using a damp mop, simply wipe it down with a pH-balanced neutral cleaner and warm water. A variety of cleaning products are available and will vary depending on the application, amount of traffic, and use. Please contact an Arizona Tile specialist for more information.
Image: Smooth White Glossy Ceramic Tile Kitchen Break Room Backsplash from Arizona Tile
For quick tips on cleaning high-gloss porcelain or ceramic tile, follow these simple steps.
Do’s of Cleaning High-Gloss Porcelain Tile
- Do clean spills promptly to prevent liquids from staining the tile.
- Do dampen a mop with warm water and a pH-balanced cleaner to gently clean a high-gloss porcelain floor tile. Rinse and dry the tile afterwards.
- Do use protective floor coverings or pads on furniture legs and avoid dragging furniture across high-gloss porcelain floor tile to prevent scratching.
- Do use coasters, trivets or placemats to protect polished tile, especially in the kitchen or wet bar.
Don’ts of Cleaning High-Gloss Porcelain Tile
- Don’t wax, polish or buff. Warm water is your best friend when cleaning polished tile.
- Don’t use detergent or soap products, as it will dull the glossy finish.
- Don’t use scouring powders, scrubs, or any other abrasive cleaning product that can scratch the tile’s surface.
- Don’t use vinegar or highly acidic cleaning products, as these can wear down the tile’s finish.
A high-gloss porcelain or ceramic tile will instantly transform your home or business from ordinary to extraordinary, without breaking the bank. Don’t be afraid to play with color, shapes or textures when designing your tiled space – the glazed finish will keep your décor looking chic and fresh, whatever your style! And be sure to follow these simple tips to keep your tile looking its best for years to come.
The experienced team at Arizona Tile is her to make your next renovation a success. Stop into one of our many locations to see our selection of high-gloss porcelain and ceramic tile up close and personal. For a virtual experience, our Online Slab Yard lets you find the piece you need at the location near you. While our Just Imagine Visualizer enables you to see how a product will look in your space before committing.