Tiles are a popular choice for bathroom renovations: they can be wiped clean, are resistant to moisture, and they look great. Simple, budget-friendly bathroom suites can be made to look a million dollars if you add some super-stylish decor to the bathroom, and tiles are often a big part of this equation.
You can tile your whole bathroom, coordinating wall and floor tiles for a harmonious finish, you can half tile your walls and finish up with paint or wallpaper, or you can use tiles more sparingly, adding decorative tiled sections or functional tiled backsplash.
Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget that different bathroom tiles have different qualities: floor tiles should have some texture to provide grip when they are wet, while wall tiles are more likely to have a completely smooth, polished finish; ceramic tiles, meanwhile, require far less maintenance than natural stone. Always choose a tile that’s suitable for the area you want to use it, and think before you buy about how much time you’re prepared to spend on tile maintenance in the future.
It can be difficult to decide on the right size of tile for your bathroom. Adding extremely large tiles to a small bathroom can have a shrinking effect on the space, and choosing tiles which are too small for a larger space will mean you have an awful lot of grouting on display. It’s often best to go for a medium or large size tile for the bulk of the room, then add contrast in selected places with smaller tiles (like mosaics) in strips or blocks.
All tiles look their best when they’re at their full size – whatever size that happens to be. So when you’re shopping for bathroom tiles, remember that if you will be able to apply most of your preferred tiles without cutting them down to fit, then these are probably the right size tiles for your space.
Pale tiles can help to enhance the sense of space in a small bathroom, while adding tiles with greater reflective qualities (such as pearlescent designs) can help to make the room seem lighter, too. And adding a tiled surround to your fitted bath can further enhance that sense of space while bringing a certain spa-like elegance to your bathroom.
Finally, if you’re on a budget but want your bathroom to have oodles of personality and flair nonetheless, keep your fittings and the majority of your decor simple and inexpensive, then use the money you’ve saved to splash out on a beautiful, eye-catching feature wall of coloured, textured, or patterned tiles.
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