If you’re planning on renovating or refreshing your bathroom, picking the right tiles can be a real challenge. Not only do you have colour and pattern to think of, but material, size and finish too.
The right bathroom tiles can make the difference between a plain, cramped and, dare we say, ugly bathroom, and a clean and stylish bathroom that compliments the rest of your home.
But there are hundreds of bathroom tiles to choose from, so how do you pick the right ones?
We’ve collaborated with the tile experts at Elstow Ceramic Tiles to narrow down 5 top tips to help you decide – so read on to determine the perfect tile for your bathroom in 5 easy steps!
The Right Tile Size for Your Bathroom
Bathrooms are typically the most compact rooms in our houses and using small tiles can make them seem smaller or even cramped. Whilst many experts say the same about large bathroom tiles, it very much depends on how well you can fit them. If you have smooth straight walls, with few niches or alcoves, then larger tiles in a small bathroom can help create a striking and spacious appearance.
However, if your bathroom walls have lots of interruptions, like basins, mirrors or shelves, then going for a medium sized tile (40x20cm) might be the better option.
It’s all about choosing a size and style of tile that works with the space you have – and size is probably the most important factor to consider.
Should You Use Patterned Tiles in the Bathroom?
Second to size, patterned tiles can have a huge impact on the finish and feel of a bathroom. When picking patterned tiles, think carefully about how they’ll fit and match once cut to shape for your bathroom – a smaller bathroom may not be the best place for a wall of busily patterned tiles.
That said, patterned tiles are a perfect way injecting some wow factor into otherwise uninspiring bathrooms – use them in one area to create a feature above the bath or in the shower, or even to create a border around the room to break up plain bathroom walls.
Be mindful that patterned tiles may date – if you find your taste changes as quickly as trends do then you may be faced with picking more tiles for your bathroom in the near future!
Coloured Tiles for a Timeless Bathroom Style
If you’re after a style and finish that will last you for years to come, then sticking to plain or neutral coloured tiles with no pattern is a wise move when decorating your bathroom.
Lighter colours will help bring more light to dark, small bathrooms, as well as giving a clean and fresh feel, whilst coloured tiles can help create a less clinical and cold mood.
When picking coloured tiles, take into consideration which bathroom fitting are already in place – will your tiles compliment or contrast with them? Remember, plain doesn’t mean dull – you can always keep your bathroom fresh and up to date with accessories that are much easier to change than tiles!
Picking the Right Bathroom Tile Material
Bathroom tiles now come in a range of materials from super durable and strong manmade ceramic tiles to unique and natural stone or slate tiles.
All the above factors – pattern, size and colour – still apply when choosing a manmade or natural tile material for your bathroom but they will also vary significantly in price. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are typically cheaper than natural stone or slate but often lack the rustic and one-of-a-kind charm that comes with investing slightly more in tiling your bathroom.
What’s the Most Hygienic Tile for my Bathroom?
Bathrooms are by far the dampest room in the house and with damp comes bacteria and eventually mould. Tiling your bathroom goes a long way to preventing damp causing damage, but it is always worth using a waterproofing kit or primer prior to tiling the room.
Porcelain tiles are particularly hygienic as they are non-porous and easy to clean making them ideal for damp rooms.
If you’re opting for a natural stone tile – make sure they are sealed properly and you have been given proper maintenance advice to ensure you get the most out of them.
Picking the right kind of tile for your bathroom is very much about working with the space you already have to make the most out of it. If you have a bathroom tile success story we’d love to hear about it and see your pictures for inspiration!