Choosing tiles for your bathroom can be almost an afterthought. The suite generally gets the main focus and certainly the layout with a larger renovation with big change. But the tiles will usually take up more eye space that the rest of your bathroom and they’re what create the perfect (or not so perfect) backdrop for your new bathroom.
It’s worth spending time matching/complementing your tiles to your suite and your bathroom and work out the perfect layout for your tiles, to get the most from your new project. We quite often find that customers choose the furniture and tiles at the same time. So that one compliments the other.
Textured tiles can look great and will give a wow factor to your new bathroom. Be careful where you use them though as a small bathroom can struggle to fully show off the busy design and can often make it feel smaller when you add them into the design. In this instance you may prefer a shiny smooth tile with a subtle pattern effect.
Working on a larger bathroom? No problem. A larger bathroom will cope and the texture and design will give a very striking and pleasing result. Matt tiles are by far the most popular tiles we sell. Gloss tiles will come back in a big way at some point but who knows when.
Smaller bathrooms actually work better with a plain and simple design. It might be tempting to go a little wild to make more of your small room but the laws of design aren’t with you on that one. Go for a light colour, and avoid busy patterns as this will give a spacious feel rather than an enclosed one.
Coloured tiles are a great idea when it suits your house and taste. Obviously if you’re not having a white suite like most people do, matching the colours won’t be a problem. Again, a larger bathroom can cope with strong and bold designs so you can be really creative with your large bathroom, and more conservative with your small one.
Small bathrooms actually benefit from bigger tiles. It’s all down to the grout lines and the noise that they create to your design. Smaller tiles mean more grout lines and more lines means a busier wall that ruins your ambiance. A large bathroom will hide the extra lines and you can even make a feature of the grout colours too. These days you can get grout in almost any colour so consider whether you want to match, complement, or contrast with your tile. Did you know you can also get glitter grout, glow in the dark, or metal inlays?
Big and bold tiles
Larger bathrooms can cope with big and bold design and as before you probably won’t get away with those crazy colours in a small bathroom. In a large bathroom though you can go big and bold and really make a statement with all that space you have to play with.
How many tiles will I need?
You’ll need to measure the area that’s going to be tiled and calculate the area in square metres which is the length x height of your wall or length x width of your floor.
With larger tiles you should measure the wall both vertically and horizontally and then divide by the size of the tile to save on a high wastage of tiles.
You will still need to add extra tiles for wastage or the odd breakages though. Don’t worry if there’s too much maths involved – we can help you out. We do this every day!
Tiles need to suit you AND your bathroom
The tiles you choose need to be right. With the common trend of tiling pretty much all of your walls, tiles are as important as the paint your choose in your other rooms. Match the room size, the mood, the suite and obviously match your style and preferences too.
Making the best of the light, size and use is of course at the top of our list.
Need help? Pop into our Coventry showroom and we’ll lend you a hand.