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In addition to being composed of many different materials ranging from limestone to porcelain, tiles come in a vast array of colors and shapes. Neutral colors allow you to dress up an area with colorful paints, rugs and furniture, while giving you the flexibility to completely alter it any time you want a new look. Bold, bright colors, on the other hand, provide a dynamic look that can accentuate and define a room.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is versatile and can be used both indoors and out. It's dense and hard, so it stands up well to heavy traffic. Quarry tile provides natural good looks while offering excellent traction. Terra cotta, also called Saltillo, tiles may be either handcrafted or machine made and provide a unique, old-world look.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is composed of clay, minerals and water, which are pressed together and then fired at high temperatures until they solidify. It may be glazed or unglazed. Glazed ceramic tile features a liquid glass coating that helps tile resist stains, scratches and fire while protecting it from fading and making it easier to clean. Unglazed tiles have no coating and possess an even color all the way through, making them ideal for high-traffic areas.

Grout Colors

The color and thickness of the grout is the most important part of a tile floor. The grout should enhance the tile and blend in with the home décor at the same time. There are many standard grout colors, as seen in the chart, yet a custom color can always be made.