Halls are usually narrow and dark, so a light coloured flooring will give a spacious bright feeling, but avoid pale colours as these will quickly show the dirt. When laying hall floor tiles you should compliment the halls decoration, a plain tile suits a contemporary look whereas a mosaic floor works well with deep skirtings and wood grained doors, but mainly the style should reflect the whole of the house.
Choosing ceramic tiles when laying hall floor tiles is a traditional option, and a popular choice is a chequer-board pattern. These are hard wearing and easily cleaned but are cold and noisy. They also can be plain or patterned and come in various sizes, colours and designs. Choose unglazed tiles as these are non slip especially as a lot of traffic will be from outside.
Another idea for laying hall floor tiles could be quarry or terracotta tiles as these have a matt finish and a non slip surface that can be smooth or textured. These come in hexagonal, rectangular or square shapes and in a range of earthy colours. Terracotta tiles are porous so therefore will need sealing.
Preparation is key to getting any job right, this is no different when laying hall floor tiles. Some floor tiles are impervious to water, this doesn’t mean that you can tile over wet or moist concrete floors, so before tiling damp problems must resolved first. If you are laying hall floor tiles over a concrete floor surface, before spreading on the tile adhesive, you need to first repair and fill in any holes. Concrete floors tend to create dust so sweep off the surface leaving the floor free of dust before applying a sealant.
Work out how many tiles you will need dependent on what size of tiles you are using and then allow another row for any broken tiles you might have.
Tools required are as follows:-
Timber guide battens
Tile cutting jig
Notched adhesive spreader
Trowel and screeding batten for bedding tiles in mortor
Grout squeegee and dowel
The last part of your preparation when laying hall floor tiles is deciding which grout to use. Waterproof grout is available in many colours. Epoxy grout is better for heavier ceramic tiles but is more expensive and is difficult to use.
Laying hall floor tiles using ceramic tiles can create an attractive effect by using octagonal shapes with corner inserts in a different colour.
Firstly when laying hall floor tiles you need to decide which tiles you are going to use and make a note of their sizes. Measure and draw guidelines using square paper to plan the layout. Dry lay the octagonal tiles to check the width of the border tiles and adjust the layout if required to make cutting of both sides easier.
In one corner mark the position of the first tile, then pin two battens to the floor tiles ensuring everything is kept square. Adhesive should then be applied between the battens, then lay the first tile followed by the rest of the tiles, whilst leaving a space between the tiles and finally removing the excess adhesive, then leave to set.
Now the battens can be removed and the border tiles can be cut and bedded, at the same time insert the square corners as you move along.
Lastly having laid all of the hall floor tiles work the grout into the joints with a squeegee and remove any excess adhesive, finishing off the grout lines using a dowel, then leave to harden off.