Things to Consider
Metal tiles, though durable, can still be dented and scratched. Extra caution should be taken during installation to protect the metal finish. Use nonsanded grout because sanded grout may scratch the finish.
Additionally, keep in mind that metallic tiles can be cold to the touch, making them a chilly flooring choice. One option is to lay the metal tile over a radiant heating system. Another is to add them as accents to a ceramic or hardwood floor, rather than making them the main floor material. Remember, too, that metal conducts electricity. Therefore, extra caution should be taken when installing metallic tiles around power outlets to make certain they do not come in contact with any exposed electrical wire.
Most metallic tiles come with a protective sealant to make them resistant to scratches and stains. To clean, just wipe them down with a little soap mixed with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
2. Cool Warm Ceiling
The bronze ceiling tiles in this photo are a very cool and modern alternative to traditional tin ceiling tiles. This is one way to add some industrial chic to your home. One side benefit of placing metallic tiles on your ceiling instead of your floors is sidestepping the radiant heat issue mentioned previously. Since you won’t be touching them, you don’t need to worry so much about their temperature, as you would with floors.
Metallic tiles can add a touch of glamour and opulence to any setting. The golden tones of the metallic tiled fireplace are highlighted by its black surround in this sleek and modern living room. Gold accessories complement and complete this look.
6. Mix it Up
Peppering metallic accents into a mixture of stone and ceramic tiles juxtaposes the soft silver sheen of metal with the organic texture of stone. The element of shine adds a contemporary flavor to a kitchen backsplash. In addition to stone and ceramic, metallic accents also look great blended with glass tiles.
8. Beyond Modern
Once seemingly relegated to modern applications, metallic tiles can be successfully incorporated into traditional designs as well. In this photo, the copper tiles behind the range add shine and shimmer, creating an exciting focal point in the kitchen.