Large-format porcelain tiles offer unique advantages for all types of renovations or new construction works. Discover the reasons for using the large porcelain formats in this post.
If you are interested in buying tiles for your home, a renovation or any type of new construction, you have surely asked yourself the question, small format or large format? Frequently, when we are in the phase of choosing tiles, we tend to see ourselves highly undecided about what kind to choose. Any type of porcelain tile will be the best choice, without any doubt, to pave any surface, interior or exterior. However, large-scale porcelain tiles offer a series of added benefits that you can benefit from if you choose them for your new interior decoration project.
Sometimes, we think that when the room in question that we are going to pave, whether it is the kitchen or the bathroom, has a reduced dimension, it is better to lean over tiles of small format. Nothing is further from reality, because, although the space is small, it is feasible to work with large-format tiles and, in addition, the practical absence of joints of the tiles provides an effect of greater spaciousness and hygiene.
The large format tile offers the feeling of continuity in space. This sense of continuity causes spaces to appear larger than they really are. But, this is not the only advantage, there are many more. We will see all the advantages offered by large-scale porcelain stoneware.
When to use large format tiles?
The selection of the tile format depends to a large extent on the design or style you are looking for. If, for example, we intend to create a rural or vintage environment, it will be more appropriate to lean towards a lesser and more marked porcelain tile. On the other hand, if you are looking for a contemporary and elegant environment, the use of large format tiles is the most recommended option.
Azulev Group has a brand dedicated exclusively to the production of large format tiles: XLAM . In addition, since its brand Azulev also has collections, such as Brooklyn or Heritage , which offer large tiles, among other formats.
Both in the Azulev collections with large formats and in the XLAM brand , this is the variety of sizes we have for the large formats: 100x100, 50x100, 40x120, 75x75, 75x150 and 100x260 . It is a complete range to be able to respond to all the needs of large formats, depending on the environment you want to create, the styling of the decoration and, ultimately, the construction project you want to address.
8 reasons to use large format tiles
As we pointed out at the beginning, there are many reasons that will make the balance lean towards large-format tiles because of the benefits they provide. Let's see, the most important advantages that large-scale porcelain stoneware offers.
1. It provides a greater sense of spaciousness
In the same way that light colors provide the feeling of greater size to any room, the size or size of the tiles also directly affects the perception of the size of a room.
If you intend to visually extend an environment, that is to say that gives the feeling of being larger than it is in reality, the most appropriate and recommended is to lean on large-scale porcelain tiles.
For this wonderful environment, the Vulcano and Calacatta XLAM collections have been used . The Calacatta is a majestic marble with a very white base that provides great luminosity in which the veins stand out in a subtle and elegant way. This marble is very demanded by architects and interior decorators for their projects.
2. Offers a wide variety of uses
Large surfaces give way to a large number of innovative ideas regarding design, since they offer a large number of uses. It is possible to use porcelain tiles for the design of bathrooms, kitchens, countertops, work tables, among many other ideas, due to its size, consistency and high technical performance.
In this environment we have used Ageless Pearl and Gray Vulcano from XLAM.
3. Create a continuity effect
The large extensions in the porcelain pieces allow coating the surfaces making use of a small number of pieces. This translates into a smaller number of groupings, which makes it possible to create a higher visual level of uniformity.
The reduction of the grouping of the pieces provokes a greater visual continuity that only large-format porcelain sheets can offer. In addition, as the pieces are of rectified joints, the separation between the sheets is extremely reduced. Despite this, we recommend that the filling between pieces be done with color or tone similar to the tile, giving the illusion that it is a single piece.
As we can see in the image, our large-format porcelain tiles offer a splendid continuity effect, achieved in this case with the Heritage collection of our Azulev brand. Heritage It is limestone of cozy texture and matt finish.
4. Reduces installation time
Another advantage that we can highlight about this type of format, is the reduction of installation time. When the porcelain tile is larger, it requires a smaller number of sheets, which in turn facilitates its assembly and minimizes the time dedicated to it.
Years ago, it could be heard that large-format tiles were more complicated to place compared to traditional tiles. However, these problems were left in the past thanks to innovative installation methods that allow quick, easy and simple tiling.
The Brooklyn collection , used in the design of this bathroom, provides a combination of elegance and modernity thanks to the large format of the tiles, which in this case corresponds to 75x150, and the material that evokes this collection that is a fusion of the stone, cement and cotto. In addition to gray, we can also find the Brooklyn collection in beige and pearl colors.
5. Suitable for facades
The large-format porcelain stoneware can use great techniques when coating the facades, not only for its size, but for the benefits of strength and durability they provide.
For the facade of this family home we have used one of the latest collection of the XLAM brand: Expression. This collection is a very thin type of iron and tin metal sheet, with final treatments against oxidation and corrosion. Ideal for modern and minimalist rooms, as well as for paving and cladding exteriors, as we see in the photo.
6. Large formats are trend
Also, if you want to be up to date and follow the dictates of fashion, you should take note of the use of large porcelain formats. In them, you will find the answer to create spaces of great beauty and uniqueness.
With large-format tiles you can unify spaces and are easy to integrate with other types of porcelain stoneware such as hydraulic tiles that provide a more vintage touch, to design original and modern rooms.
7. Brutalist Style
If you are a fan of the Brutalist Style, large-format tiles are your great ally. The crude and primitive nature of the brutalist style, which frequently uses materials from the past, fits perfectly with the technical characteristics of large formats, as well as with its wide range of applications.
To follow this trend, we recommend pieces of a minimum format of 100x100 cm, as well as their use to pave spaces, facades, cover countertops, cabinets and, in short, all types of surfaces.
In designing the spa reception of this hotel, we used the collection Vulcano of XLAM .
8. More hygienic
And, last but not least: large-format tiles are more hygienic. You wonder why? With less together, there are fewer areas in which to store the dirt. Therefore, large-scale porcelain stoneware is in itself more hygienic, providing, at the same time, a faster and easier cleaning.
Download here the catalog of our brand of large XLAM porcelain formats .
I hope you have been interested in these eight reasons presented to opt for large-format tiles when designing your projects. And remember, think big! The large-format pieces are born as a wonderful alternative to meet the architectural demands of today's world, surpassing comfortably the technical and aesthetic requirements, both for works and new projects, as for renovations or renovations of houses and buildings.