Wall Tile That Does It All - A Focus on the Domino Collection

September 21, 2020

Wall Tile That Does It All A Focus on the Domino Collection

A tile that can do it all- is that possible? Is there a wall tile also be used as floor tile? Is there a basic black or white tile that can make a dramatic enough difference to a room? Is there a tile that affordable enough for extensive installations but also durable for long-lasting style? MSI's answer to all of these questions is the Domino Collection- the tile can do it all. Read on to learn more about this amazing collection that works perfectly in all rooms and in all positions! 

Can Wall Tile Be Used on the Floor?

Before answering this question, it's critical that we look into what constitutes a wall tile vs a floor tile. Generally, there are two rating systems used to classify a tile, and whether or not the tiles are intended for wall or floor use depend on their ratings.

tile flooring outdoor transitional kitchenRecreate this look with MSI's Domino White (Photo Credit: Houzz)

The first rating system is called the Coefficient of Friction (COF) rating. Floor tiles need to have a certain level of friction to make them safe to walk on without slipping. This is called a COF, and higher COF ratings represent tile that has higher levels of friction. Wall tile doesn't need to have high friction because no one will be walking on it, so it isn't a health hazard.

The second is the Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating. This is a rating of the durability and hardness of a tile. Class 1 tiles are meant for areas that have no foot traffic and Class 5 tiles are intended for locations that have a lot of people passing through and stepping on them. Our Domino collection meets the friction requirements for floor tile. As a Class 4 tile, it also is durable enough to withstand both heavy foot traffic and things being dropped onto the floor. Because of this, it makes for the perfect floor tile. Since virtually any tile can be used for kitchen backsplash tile, it is also a completely viable wall tile option.

The Domino Collection: Your Versatile Solution

 You're likely wondering why the Domino collection stands out amidst all other tiles that can be used on the floor. After all, there are many tiles that meet the minimum COF and PEI requirements! Read on for some information about why these tile patterns are the best on the market.

Why Porcelain Tile?

dramatic porcelain tile bathroom with black and white tile

The first reason that the Domino collection is a good choice is that it's made from one of the most durable materials on the market. Porcelain is one of the longest-lasting materials for both backsplash and floor tile because it is resistant to staining, fading, and yellowing. It also is unlikely to become scratched or dented when things drop on it.

Porcelain tile is even resistant to extreme situations like fires. It doesn't frost over in the wintertime, either, which ensures that it's always safe to walk on.

On another note, porcelain tile is really easy to clean and maintain. You don't need to wax or seal it as you would need to do to hardwood flooring. All you'll need it to clean it with a damp mop once a week or so. It takes only about 10-20 minutes and makes your room look sparkling clean!

The Benefits of Black and White

So, why does the Domino collection shine over other porcelain tile varieties?

Essentially, the answer lies in the role of contrast in interior design. Black or white flooring or backsplash designs contrast with each other, which makes them perfect for mixing and matching. They also contrast with every other piece of furniture in your space as well as your accessories, rugs, towels, and lighting. Since monochromatic color schemes are en vogue, this is an awesome way to go.

enlarged black tile shower wall dividerCreate a similar look with MSI's Domino Black (Photo Credit: Houzz)

White and black tiles also convey a clean and orderly look. While mixing and matching is great, a single color (either black or white) is extremely clean-looking when used as the primary color in the room.

Domino Collection Varieties

There are two varieties of Domino tile offered by MSI: Domino White and Domino Black.

Domino white is an all-white porcelain tile variety that consists of cream rectangular tiles with ivory cracks between them. White tile makes any space brighter not only because it's bright itself, but also because it reflects light around the room. This effect is increased with white glossy finished white tile.

white tile wall in modern bathroom

Because of this, Domino White tile is perfect for those who want to enhance the natural or artificial lighting in their room. This makes the space appear both larger and cleaner, and it's great for people who have other white features in their kitchen or bathroom including countertops and cabinets. White tile also looks great when used with bright hues. It will go perfectly with your favorite sky-blue rug or cherry-red towels. On the other hand, Domino Black is a jet-black tile with white cracks between each one. Unlike Domino White, the tiles for this option are square rather than rectangular.

It gives your bathroom a sleek, vintage look that you're sure to love and draws the eye to any rugs or bathmats that you lay down on the floor. If you have black countertops or cabinetry, this tile will draw the room together in a beautifully cohesive way.

Creating a Domino Tile Checkerboard

Additionally, you can mix and match these two porcelain wall tile options. You can do this by making your backsplash one color and your floor the opposite, but this isn't always the best way to use both color options in one room.

 checkered retro kitchen with black and white tile flooringCreate a similar look with MSi's Domino White and Domino Black (Photo Credit: Houzz)

Many people choose to invoke a mid-20th-century aesthetic by creating checkerboard tile patterns in their homes. These styles look awesome when combined with 50s-style pastel furniture, appliances, and accessories. For a more subtle throwback, you can simply use mint or pastel-pink rugs or bathmats.

Get Started

Now that you know all about the Domino collection and why it's the perfect wall tile for your home, it's time to get started. Contact us with any lingering questions that you may have about interior design or flooring/backsplash installation. Our experts are more than happy to help you turn your house into your dream home, so we look forward to hearing from you soon!