Making a splash with bathroom tiles

Whether starting fresh or freshening up, how do you choose the best tiles for your bathroom?

Size, shape and proportions

The best size and shape of tiles for your bathroom depends on the overall layout and size of your room. If you’re styling a small bathroom, for instance, bigger tiles usually help to make the space feel larger and more open.

As with any design tip, there’s no hard and fast rule regarding this. Instead, look at each of the surfaces that need tiling and determine where focus should be placed and avoided.

Use tiles that draw attention (either by size, shape, texture etc.) to those focus areas of the room: all other tiles should complement these focal points.

Tile colour and finish

If there’s one thing that will make your bathroom look dated faster than anything, it’s the colour and finish of your tiles (hello brown and orange tiles!!).

While a striking design or colour may appeal to your in the immediate future, think about whether this is a passing trend in the interior design industry and whether or not you will still love this in 5 – 10 years time.

If in doubt, splash out on accessories like brightly coloured towels that can be a more temporary and cost-effective trend.

Natural lighting

Smaller, darker bathroom with minimal natural lighting? Use whiter, gloss tiles to reflect the light and make your bathroom feel more open and bigger. Also, using the same tiles on the floor and walls can help the space feel larger.

Vice versa, if you have a larger room or have an abundance of natural lighting, opt for a satin or semi gloss tile to minimise reflective glare.

Grouting

In recent years, colour grout has been the trend in bathroom and kitchen design. The wide range of colours now available in grouting leads to a new level or room styling previously neglected.

While it may go without saying, if you’re going to take a plunge into coloured grout, ensure it’s a complementary colour to your tiles choice. This doesn’t mean it has to match the colour directly, but work harmoniously with it.

If you’re choosing a striking grout colour, allow it to be the hero of this design: your tiles should be more subdued to let it shine.

 

Working with staff at Elegance Tiles can make bathroom design that little bit less stressful and little bit more enjoyable, so don’t hesitate to engage our experts to help create your dream bathroom design!

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