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How to Choose Bathroom Tiles



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Ideas for tiling your new bathroom

When planning a bathroom design, there are a lot of things to consider. Like should you have a bath, a walk-in shower enclosure or perhaps both? Or maybe you’re wondering what colour would look best on the walls?

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Whatever you are thinking, there is always fun to be had when designing a new bathroom.

But what should you do when choosing bathroom tiles? Use this guide to give you some tips and bathroom tile ideas. Or check our inspiring bathroom trends for 2021

1. Figure out your budget

With any home revamp, you should be sure to figure out how different elements of your plans can fit into a suitable budget. Once you have this budget worked out, you can narrow down what you can and can’t afford. You save yourself any disappointment later.

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2. Consider your bathroom space

Whatever your bathroom size, you will have plenty of options when it comes to planning your bathroom tiles.

In a large bathroom, you have lots of space to work with, you could choose to have tiles run from ceiling to floor. Plus, there is more space for you to experiment with different textures and colours.

In smaller bathrooms, a feature wall can add so much elegance to the room. Whether that is using a feature tile in the shower enclosure, or drawing attention to a particular area of the room with elegant patterns.

Image of contrasting tile in monochrome style.

3. Remember your colour scheme

Picking a colour scheme is useful when choosing bathroom tiles, as it ties the whole look together. You will have a clear idea of what colours you can use, and know which tile colours you should avoid.

If you want to create a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom, then you’ll want to style it using neutral colours and materials. Beige, off-white, and earthy tones will evoke that soothing spa feeling. Textures of wood and natural stone are also great for creating a neutral look.

Photo of neutral style bathroom.

Alternatively, you can add vibrance to your bathroom with colourful tiles. Choosing a bold tile colour gives you the room to be creative. Glass and porcelain tiles are great for brightening up your bathroom, especially with their gloss finish.

If you are unsure about choosing the right tile colour, then read this article about small bathroom colour scheme ideas for more guidance.

4. Choose your bathroom tile materials

When choosing bathroom tiles, different materials can alter the style of the room completely. This is something to consider if you are interested in creating a specific look for the room.

Ceramic tile

Ceramic is one of the most popular types of material for tiles. It is durable and can be used on walls and floors. You can get a wide choice of designs for ceramic tiles, making them useful for many home decor projects.

Porcelain tile

Porcelain is another commonly used material for bathroom tiles. It is very hard-wearing and absorbs little water, making it ideal for a family bathroom or wet room.

Porcelain tiles are also easy to clean.

Stone tile

Natural stone, like pebble, slate and marble tend to have a more textured surface. When used in a bathroom, it can have a soothing effect and give the room a spa-like atmosphere.

Natural stone tiles add a luxury finish to contemporary bathrooms.

Wood effect tiles

Wood effect tiles are usually made from porcelain or ceramic material, making them more durable for bathroom design.

If you are looking for that sleek wooden finish, but don’t want to worry about the care requirements, then a wood effect tile would be a smart choice. These tiles can look great for both wall and floor designs.

5. Picking out your wall tiles

Once you know your budget, colour scheme and general idea of what you like the look of, choosing the main wall tile shouldn’t be too difficult.

If you were planning to have a feature tile somewhere in the bathroom, it might be a good idea to keep the main wall tile more subtle.

6. Finding the perfect floor tiles

The bathroom floor isn’t always the most thought about aspect when it comes to bathroom tile design. However, choosing a floor tile is still essential. There are lots of details to consider when thinking about your bathroom floor.

As well as picking a design that suits your style, you will want to consider the practicality of your flooring. What material is best for water resistance? Which stone tile is least slippery when wet? Which tiles are best for the shower floor?

Porcelain tiles are ideal for the bathroom floor as they are more water-resistant than other types of material. Natural stone tiles also make a great choice as they are less slippery due to their naturally textured surface.

7. Consider using an accent tile

While they can be a more expensive feature in your home renovation, accent tiles give you the option to add a personal touch to your bathroom design.

Using an accent tile on the walls can draw attention to specific areas in the bathroom. You may decide to use a bright tile colour in the shower, or opt for a feature tile as a splashback for the sink.

Since you won’t need to cover much space, you can certainly search for something that will fit within your budget.

8. Don’t forget about the grout

One thing that can often come as an afterthought is picking out the perfect grout for tiles. Grout colour and style is just as important as finding the right tiles.

White is a commonly used grout colour for bathroom walls and floors. It is a good option, since white is very versatile. However, there are downsides to having white grout lines. White shows up dirt more easily, and if using a darker tile colour, it will make your tile layout stand out more.

Dark tiles with light grout lines can create a contesting look, and vice versa.

You can still create a stunning look when using a grout style that stands out. Especially if you want to focus the attention on the layout of your tiles.

If you want to create a more seamless design, it can be beneficial to pick a grout colour similar to your tiles.

Bathroom tile ideas:

Accent tiles

Image showing accent tile on the shower enclosure walls and bath.

Different tile materials can completely change the overall look.

Using a glass tile, penny tile or mosaic tile on the walls, adds a decorative finish to the room. Alternatively, for a more muted accent tile effect, you could use pebbles or other natural stone tiles.

Wall tiles

Image of tile inspiration for the walls.

You can stick to one style of tile across all your bathroom walls. Otherwise, you can experiment with a mixture of textures and patterns for a modern bathroom look.

Floor tiles

Photo of floor tiles at home.

Natural stone or wood effect tiles make a luxury material for the bathroom floor.

Using larger tiles helps to keep the care requirements to a minimum. There are fewer grout lines, which makes it easier to clean.

One thing to remember when deciding how to choose bathroom tiles is that the options are endless. When designing your bathroom space, consider all elements: practicality, floor space, colours, and budget.

Ultimately, your bathroom should be a place for you to relax. Choose a style that suits you, but most importantly make sure you find something that makes you happy.

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