Tiling an Art Gallery

Choosing the right flooring for your art studio is classed as a significant decision that requires plenty of time and efforts being invested into it. You want your studio to be functional without any flaws or inconveniences. The flooring can have a considerable impact on the way activities are carried out in your studio. If a wrong or ignorant decision is potentially made, it can cause long term consequences and unfavourable results that can affect both your business and the immediate stakeholders.

What type of flooring is suitable for an art gallery?

You want something that is moisture resistant and can easily be wiped over to protect your art or displays. Sometimes artists carry out shows or courses in painting, so you are most likely going to have paint splashing around, so a carpet for your studio can be ruled out an option. There are so many flooring options available to you, and it can be a little confusing. There is wood laminate, cork, vinyl and hardwood and wood look tiles. These are popular choices, but not all flooring is suited to the needs of your gallery.

Each type of flooring will have both pros and cons. After research and lots of discussions with professionals, it seems that tiles, especially the natural stone tiles are the better option. If you are moving stands around a lot and sometimes things drag on the floor, then wood and vinyl are going to show the scratches quite visibly. Tiles can be easily mopped over with just plain water or chemicals if needed, and they won’t be damaged. These can be used, especially when you’re in the hunt for a longer-term investment in quality and design. You can get extra gloss on the tiles or a touch of polish on the concrete surfaces, to ensure they don’t take scratch harshly. Now the thing with tiles is laying them. Laying tiles is an activity that should be done by someone experienced in the field. If even one tile is not straight or is places slightly crooked, it will throw the rest out of whack, and they are incredibly noticeable if they are not laid correctly. Importantly if you don’t put them correctly and they overlap or don’t down properly, it may be harmful for the people walking on them which can cause falls and injuries. 

One factor to consider for a gallery owner is the attention towards tile work when the property or gallery was first offered for sale. When you choose the location and the property needed to carry out your business, a large proportion of your money can be saved when you choose those properties where minimal work will be required to be put towards the floor work. An eye for detail and attention to minute features can be a long-term benefit for you as the property you’ve chosen already lays the ground work of major tile work to follow. Gallery owners always keep a watch out, especially towards the existing interior design work and the layout of the walls to make sure that its befitting their art gallery idea and what they wish to carry out therein. 

Professionals do cost money, but for something like an art gallery, you want it to look perfect and fool-proofed. Professionals can easily anticipate the difference between an existing layout, and a flooring plan according to the specifications and requirements provided. The future and long-term benefits of laying out a perfect flooring will definitely surpass the initial investment you had put in for professional help.  If someone inexperienced has laid the tiles, no matter how good of a job they have performed, it will still be noticeable. The right judgement about tile layout requires practice and experience and mostly on the job experience which is warranted with a handful of professionals. Especially considering how big you wish your art gallery to grow in the near future. There are plenty of tile designs and colours along with finishes that can work in with any art gallery no matter the theme or the types of artwork being shown. The selected or alternative flooring of your art gallery need to be planned effectively and finally laid out my professionals, even if it costs a bit much at the beginning. The long-term benefits of hiring professionals can surpass the initial costs which is exactly what would be suitable for your business.

If you have a high traffic art gallery, then you want to avoid high gloss tiles as these can become a hazard when the floor is wet. A matte finish is nice, but it isn’t slippery and won’t reflect the light and end up blinding someone in the case of digital art or during heavy lighting needed to reflect vibrant colours.

Importantly funny as it sounds, don’t go for flooring that you love. This will only steer you away from painting, holding workshops, letting children in etc. to avoid anything happening to the floor. Moreover, what maybe your choice of favourite flooring for your art gallery, may not suit the preferences of a commercial agent or buyer at the time of property sale by you as an owner. 

There are different types of tiles like stone, ceramic and porcelain. It will depend on what you are using the gallery for and how much foot traffic you get to determine which type of tile is best suited for an art gallery. Your selection of tiles and the choice of laying them is just as important as the aspirations you have for the growth and fame of your art business. As the business grows, the expectations from your visitors and stakeholders are going to amplify which calls for a greater change. A permanent costly, yet effective initial investment can leverage the cost of change by almost a half and lead to a promising outcome of art traffic towards your gallery. Just ensure you get a professional tile layer to do the job in order to get a perfect tiled floor, ensuring long term benefits for your gallery and guaranteed profits for your business. 

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