Too many times we’ve heard the phrase, “Oh! I wish I would have brought that!” When you walk into any store looking for material for a new project, there are a number of things you can bring with you to make the process much easier and less stressful. Floor Tiles Cape Town

Here are my recommendations for things to bring with you when you go tile shopping:

  • Pictures of your space
  • Basic measurements of the space (or blueprints if possible)
  • Samples of things that are staying in the room: cabinets, countertops, flooring, etc.
  • Inspiration ideas

Why are these things necessary and how do they help when you’re looking for tile? Read on to find out!

Bring Dimensions, Blueprints, Pictures of the Space

Even if you’re not ready to buy tile that day, having numbers available will allow you to get ballpark pricing, to figure out which patterns could work in your space, and to play with scale. For example, if you want a large tile on your shower walls, a designer will be able to look at the dimensions of your space and say “A 24×24″ tile will be too big in that space… let’s look at some 18×18″ options instead!” And who knows… maybe you’ll spy the perfect thing, and you want to get it ordered today! Having the dimensions of your space means we can calculate how much material you’ll need on the spot.

Pictures of the Room You’re Remodeling

It is incredibly helpful to have a picture of the space you’re remodeling. It’s much easier to point to a weird corner or layout in a picture and say, “That’s what we have to work around,” instead of trying to describe it with hand gestures and doodled sketches. Also, it gives your designer a sense of the scale of the space, of the lighting situation, and of any architectural limitations. Take many pictures of your bathroom, kitchen, fireplace, or patio from many different angles for good representation.

Bring Color Samples of Everything!

When choosing tiles for a kitchen or bathroom, chances are there are cabinets in the room. The color and style of your cabinets will affect your choices for floor tile, backsplash tile, shower or tub surround tile, and your countertop. Just saying, “Well, the cabinets are maple,” or “They’re cherry, but a light cherry” isn’t very helpful to a designer. Stains and wood type play a big role in the final look. The cabinets could be more orange than red, or more taupe than brown, but until you put a cabinet door right next to a tile, you won’t be able to tell if it will look good or not.

If You Can’t Carry Around Samples, Take Pictures

Since you may not want to or be able to carry around all of these samples, the next best option is PICTURES. Lots and lots of pictures of spaces and things from different angles; some close-ups and some wide shots; preferably with as much natural light as possible. You can print out pictures from your computer or at a photo developer, or just bring them in on an iPad or other tablet device.

Starting from Scratch? No Problem!

Even if you don’t have anything at all, we still want to welcome you to our showroom to do your initial ‘browse’ to pick up some ideas and to see our vast selection of tile products, accent glass mosaics, slab counters, and more!

Click here to book an appointment and to take a look at our stunning, yet practical selection of Tiles. Discover the right surface for your space. Please contact our friendly team, and we’ll be happy to help.Floor Tiles Cape Town

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