The floor in the hallway is affected daily by a number of adverse factors, ranging from heels and shoe soles to cleaning products, water, dust, sand and salts brought from the street. For the area that is subject to such loads, you should choose a resistant floor covering.
With serious loads perfectly tile. The unpopularity of this decision is due to the fact that two decades ago the material on the market did not differ in its attractive appearance, and for this reason it was tried to be used only out of urgent need. At present, the situation has changed radically. The design of the floor in the hallway of the tiles solves many problems. The modern construction market is ready to offer everyone a wide range of tiles of various shapes, sizes and options. Such diversity will allow you to choose a material that will become an integral part of any interior. At the same time, a good tile surpasses in its operational properties even the highest quality and expensive laminate or parquet.
Advantages and disadvantages
The design of modern tiles is very diverse. On the market there are models that imitate the color and texture of natural wood or stone. Also found tile with an unusual pattern or print. Properly selected material will emphasize the strengths of the interior. Moreover, the floor for many years will not lose its attractiveness and will look like new.
In addition, the floor of the tile is easy to clean, he is not afraid of chemical cleaners and mechanical loads.
But like any other coating, tile has its drawbacks. This material is hard and cold, it is not so pleasant to step on it, as, for example, on a wooden board, laminate or carpet. If there is an excess of tiled flooring, the design of the hallway floor may turn out to be too moody and cold. For this reason, this material should be used in a small area.
To make the floor reliable and durable, it is enough to tile a small fragment of the room near the threshold, which accounts for most of the load.
Hallway design with tile floor
Tiles can be used to divide space into functional zones. Using this material, it is advisable to highlight the shoe zone, which is located near the threshold. The design of the hallway may include a combined floor finish. Moreover, the use of two types of flooring will visually add space to the space.
Tiled floor should harmoniously complement the design of the hallway. Ceramic material should be combined with the main flooring, which in turn should be an integral part of the space.
How to choose a tile
When choosing tiles for the hallway, the following factors should be considered:
- resistance to moisture and abrasion. These qualities have porcelain. It does not absorb moisture and has a uniform color throughout the depth of the slab;
- non-slip. In order not to turn the hallway into an increased risk zone, it is recommended to make a choice in favor of a material with an anti-slip indicator equal to R10 or R11;
- color and texture. Color and texture are not only decorative value. During operation, the relief of a light textured coating can become clogged with dirt, which can spoil the design of the room. The rough surface, among other things, makes it difficult to clean the room.
Of course, any tile can be cleaned with the use of aggressive detergents, brushes and abrasives. But so that the need for such measures arose as seldom as possible, one should give preference to dark-colored porcelain stoneware. You should also pay attention to the color of the grout. The joints of the plates over time, too, become dirty and clean them is not always easy.
Glazed and polished porcelain tiles look impressive. However, they can be traumatic as their smooth surface does not prevent sliding.
It will be better to make a choice in favor of embossed surfaces that fit well into the design of the room.
Combining two floor coverings
As noted above, the tile in the hallway - all relevant material, but only in limited volume. As the main flooring is better to use parquet, laminate or, for example, linoleum. At the same time, the tiled area can be either on the same level with the floor, or rise slightly above it. It should be noted that such an elevation should not exceed 3-5 centimeters, otherwise such a design move can turn the hall into a very traumatic place. Elevation or the podium can be done with a building mixture for screed or even ordinary tile glue.
The selection of a shoe zone also has a functional meaning: none of the owners and guests will go out in dirty shoes beyond the limits indicated by the zone.
The connection of two types of flooring can be linear and figured. The first method involves straight lines of joints and requires less effort to implement. When creating a figured border of the coatings, it may be necessary to cut the plates and make some simple calculations. But additional efforts will be rewarded with the original appearance of the interior.
Making a curly junction should not cause difficulties or problems. You can easily find flexible joints, which are able to take any form. It is much easier to work with straight joints, especially since the range of docking parts for them is an order of magnitude wider. The docking gate can be matched with the color of the tile, baseboards, furniture fittings or the main flooring. This approach will make the hallway design harmonious and concise.