Large-format tiles vs small-format tiles

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In our new building there are planned tiles 30 x 60 cm, if you choose a format larger will be an additional cost. Now I fluctuate daily between "I don't have to follow all the trends" and "maybe the next 40 years will annoy me with small formats."

Please tell us about your experiences and reviews.

  • The color and texture of the tiles are more important to me.



Perhaps it's like real life: Size isn't everything, and it's fleeting.

We were in a big tile store today, and I got the impression that the giant slabs that used to be there are now more in the back room.

Of course, we only install what we like NOW, but at the same time we know the next fashion is on its way.

Right now we have 60x60, but I still think 60x30 is a good format. At the end of the day, the amount of extra price is crucial, and if I can afford a nicer staircase, shade, lighting, or whatever, I'll probably concede the tile format.


My neighbors all have oblong tiles and I don't like any of them.

Personally, I think square tiles are prettier. I'm fed up with oblong ones. I also find it boring or a sales pitch when the whole house is tiled the same way.

I have both cross grout and diagonal grout. I love my tile and am glad every day I didn't choose 30x60 or something similar.


I really like the 30 x 60 format in modern private homes. In my opinion, larger formats are more appropriate for modern villas with very large rooms.

In the hallway, bathroom and kitchen, we use natural stone to finish the corner of the old building and lay it with a minimum joint of 2 mm. And in a narrow hallway, use the classic small format of 20x20 and 15x15.


I found the choice of tiles extremely difficult. We took the 30x60 because it was included with the general contractor and didn't cost us extra.

I think our wood-inspired bathroom floor tile would look better in the 120x30 size. But it was too expensive for us.


It depends a lot on the style of the house, the cut of the rooms and the furnishings. You can't make general statements. My cousin has 80 x 80 tiles on the first floor everywhere, and it doesn't look good everywhere because the larger formats lose their elegance when cut. In the hallway and bathroom – in my opinion – it looks really bad.


The salesman has his rules, so does the tiler, and the most important one is your taste.

It's like a furniture store, happy to take one thing or another.

I think you can create a beautiful bathroom with most formats and colors.


We had a professional do 120cm x120cm tiles in the living room and bathrooms. 


The size of the room is important, as is the size of the tiles. Discuss the laying pattern/direction, as this also makes a big difference with certain tiles (sizes). Key word: waste.

Example: in a 120 cm wide hallway, 100x100 cm tiles may not be the best choice


Then at least change the color or direction of laying in adjacent rooms. Tile size should be proportional to the size of the room.

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