Can You Put Floor Tiles on The Wall or Vice-Versa?

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When remodelling or renovating your house, you may have some concerns about what you may and cannot do. Some of these queries, such as Why Tiles Are The Preferred Choice For Home Improvement Projects In India? are entirely legitimate and could be asked by any interior designer.

Then there are the other inquiries, the ones you may think are too stupid to ask but require answers anyway. One such inquiry in the tile sector would be, “Can you use the same tiles on the floor and the walls?” So, you’ve discovered some tiles you like and want to know if it’s safe to install them on your wall. Let’s have a look at what’s possible and some marvellous real-life pictures to see how amazing the same floor & wall tiles look in a home.


Floor Tiles and Wall Tiles: What’s the Difference?

There are a lot of outdated and incorrect rules of thumb when it comes to floor and wall tiles. You may have heard that ceramic tiles are used on walls, and porcelain tiles are used on floors, or that large tiles are used on floors, and smaller tiles are used on walls. Forget all you’ve heard thus far. The fact is that, while there are significant differences between the floor and wall tiles, these differences do not necessarily prevent putting wall tiles on the floor or vice-versa.

In general, floor tile is exceptionally strong and durable, and it is designed to withstand wear and tear. Wall tiles, on the other hand, cannot support as much weight as floor tiles and are generally smaller and lighter.

Can You Use Floor Tiles on Wall??

Consider the following scenario: you have just entered the showroom of your preferred tile supplier, AGL, in Ahmedabad. You’ve come to look at ceramic wall tiles for your dream remodelling project, but on your way there, you see the travertine and wood effect floor tiles and fall in love with the patterns. You know they’d look great on your walls, but here’s the catch:

They are marketed as floor tiles. You’re not going to be able to hang them on your wall.

Or can you?

The solution is actually rather complex. It turns out that the wall and floor tiles are separated for a good reason, and it has everything to do with the weight of the tile. If you don’t want to get into the complexities of all this, simply ask your contractor if it is possible.

Different types of walls can take different weights of tile, so if you want to put the floor tile of your dreams on your walls, make sure to do your research. You must also account for the weight of the grout and adhesive you will use to bind the tile to the wall in addition to the weight of the tile. It is the sum of all of these weights that determines whether or not your tile will be excessively heavy.

Can You Use Wall Tiles on Floor?

In general, the answer is no, although it relies on the Coefficient of Friction (COF) and Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) values of the tile. You wouldn’t walk on your wall, and tile makers wouldn’t expect you to, so most conventional wall tiles won’t be able to support the weight of a fully grown adult, much alone the celebration party you’ll no sure be throwing with family and friends when your remodelling is over.

For a variety of reasons, wall tiles are not usually suited for the floor. They might be slicker or less water-resistant than a floor tile should be. Glass wall tiles are typically too delicate for use on the floor.

Although most wall tiles cannot be used on the floor, most floor tiles may be used on the wall as long as the wall can support the tile’s weight. This is great news if you want to create a one-of-a-kind appearance in your design, such as by placing large-format flooring tiles on the wall or on both the wall and the floor. There are countless possibilities for harmonising floor and wall tiles.

Continuous Tile Design from the Floor to the Wall

Contradict to what some people believe, several stunning homes incorporate a continuous tile design from the floor to the wall. You may tile the entire room with the same tiles (after verifying the weight limits of the substrate, of course) or incorporate parts from the floor design into a feature wall for extra oomph. Let’s have a look at some real-life pictures that support my claim.

The Silver Tropical Wood tiles in 600 X 1200 mm brings high quality, beautifully crafted, contemporary ceramic floor tiles that work well on the walls as well. Just have a look at the above picture, how beautifully these wood look tiles work on both floors & walls.

Yet another example of continuous tile design is the above picture. The simple Premio Grigio concrete looking tiles is every minimalist’s first choice. No chaos, no drama, just plain grey tiles that blend this living room beautifully.

Want to create an accent wall without giving it much thought or spend extra?? Well, you can do that as well using your leftover floor tiles. Look at this pic; how smartly they have created a wonderful accent wall using the floor tiles. This Espuma Dark Brown continuous tile design from floor to the wall is probably one of my favourites.

Bathrooms are probably the most common space in the home where this trend is working for a decade; just one tile in the whole bathroom. However, doing so can make your bathroom appear boring & bland. Look at how deviously they have used these Magistripe Wood tiles vertically & horizontally on floors & walls to create a bold look.

Work with a Professional Tiler for the Best Remodel Results

Call a professional if you need assistance selecting the correct set for your flooring project.

A tiling specialist will know which tiles are appropriate for the project. Their service is backed by a quality warranty and quick installation. Why go through the trouble of completing the task yourself when a professional service can do it for you? Look for tilers with a good reputation and a clear estimation procedure. Hiring the appropriate tiler guarantees that you receive the service you want at an affordable price.


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