The Best Porcelain Tiles in 2024
Porcelain tiles are a wonderful choice for floor and wall tiles available in many different formats, prints and colours. Learn all about the best porcelain tiles in 2024 with 12 favourite options and styles to choose from.
What are porcelain tiles made of?
A porcelain tile is a man-made product that combines kaolin clay, finely ground sand, and feldspar. The clay mixture is fired to an extremely high temperature, resulting in a very dense tile that benefits from a low water absorption rate. Porcelain tiles offer a great alternative to real stone or wood and are an extremely hardwearing and durable material.
Described as the heart of the home, kitchens are where we spend majority of our time - whether its cooking, eating, or hosting family and friends. With this in mind, your kitchen flooring is an important choice to make, and porcelain kitchen tiles offer a floor covering that is up to the high traffic of kitchens, as well as being suitable for underfloor heating.
A best porcelain tile for kitchen floors has to be the Dorchester Aged White stone effect tiles. This porcelain has a minimum recycled content of 40% and a pattern repeat of 100 tiles. Often mistaken as a natural stone tile in our showrooms, the warm white tones and variation from tile to tile, lends itself perfectly to rustic, country-style kitchens.
If you are wanting a herringbone floor in your kitchen, then the Eaton Oak is a realistic wood effect porcelain; its warm oak tones replicating the look of wood with knot and grain details.
Best porcelain tiles for bathroom
When it comes to choosing bathroom tiles, both beauty and practicality are important factors to create a tranquil space that is also easy to keep clean. Porcelain or ceramic tiles are the best option for bathrooms as they benefit from a low water absorption rate and offer a very dense and hardwearing tile suitable for bathroom floors and walls.
The Pamplona Blanco patterned porcelain tile takes inspiration from the famous Italian ‘Maiolica’ tiles; traditionally designed and hand painted by artisanal craftsmen. In a classic square format, these tiles have delicate blue tones working perfectly in bathrooms.
Another popular porcelain tile in 2024 is the kit kat tile. As the name suggests, this is a style of tile that resemble the well-known chocolate bar, featuring small, rectangular tiles arranged in a grid pattern. The Nori Pearl kit kat tiles provide this streamlined appearance in a soft pearl white. Paired with the Nori Pearl metro tiles and Tadwick Elm wood effect tiles, these porcelain tiles for bathrooms offer the ultimate neutral scheme.
Best porcelain tiles for hallway
The hallway is the first entrance to a home and will see plenty of footfall. The best tiles for hallways need to be hardwearing, forgiving, and beautiful, with porcelain ticking all the boxes. Whether a country cottage entrance or modern contemporary hallways, there are many options for hallway floor tiles.
Large format stone effect tiles such as the Alnwick Beige porcelain tiles make a classic floor covering for traditional properties with a tumbled effect edge and warm variation from tile to tile. Go for a slightly wider grout joint to enhance the rustic feel of this porcelain.
If you’re wanting to replicate original Victorian tiles, then the Grosvenor Burgundy patterned tiles are the best choice. These patterned tiles emulate the look of original Victorian flooring, but with a difference – made of porcelain, an extremely hardwearing material, and each geometric piece carefully composed into one larger tile for a simple installation, with maximum impact.
Another popular choice of porcelain tiles for hallways is wood effect porcelain. Made to replicate the look of real wood, wood effect tiles require lower maintenance, are suitable with underfloor heating and come in a beautiful array of natural tones and styles. The Marston Ash wood effect porcelain has a soft ash-toned brown with realistic detailing.
Best porcelain tiles for outdoor patios
Our final round up covers the best porcelain tiles for outdoors. Often seen as an extension of the home, more and more are looking to make their gardens and outdoor areas places to enjoy and spend time in for those warmer days. There is a diverse range of porcelain paving on the market, available in an array of colours and styles working with different garden designs. Chosen for its frost and stain resistance, as well as hardwearing nature, outdoor porcelain tiles continue to be a popular patio option for the year ahead.
The Montpellier Sable stone effect paving is a neutral blend of honey beige and taupe with subtle warmth and timeless charm. Its tumbled effect edge lends itself to English country gardens, complementing traditional brick and stonework.
For a lighter toned outdoor patio tile, the Provence Crema porcelain tiles are a favourite. These tiles have an ivory cream base with soft hints of grey – loved as a matching indoor, outdoor tile.
We hope this guide provides inspiration and ideas when it comes to the best porcelain tiles for 2024. As ever, please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss your project and tile options. We also recommend a visit to one of our UK showrooms for large floor and wall displays of our porcelain tile range.