Choosing the right tiles for your bathroom spaces can be a daunting challenge. But luckily for you, we know some of the main points on which to focus and the do’s and don’ts of bathroom tiles.
Part 1: Choosing your desired style for your bathroom.
Selecting the perfect style for your bathroom can set the tone on how most people perceive the space. There are so many styles to choose from, so we selected some of our favorites. While choosing your tile styles though, you should take into consideration a couple of things.
- Choose no more than three different tile styles.
We strongly recommend this because more than three different tile styles can make a bathroom design seem too busy. Our favorite way to decide on choosing tile is to select a show-stopper, which is usually a strong-colored tile, and then choose two other neutral-colored tiles. For the neutral tiles, we suggest adding balance between the tile choices by using one light neutral tile and one dark.
- Don’t forget that you will have to clean the bathroom from time to time!
Cleaning the bathroom can be the hardest task, especially if you have surfaces that are hard to clean. Make sure to choose tile types that fit your desired amount of effort you want to put into cleaning.
Wood Look Natural Stone Glass Porcelain
Mosaic Textured Ceramic Fabric
Part 2: Choosing the bathroom tile’s location within the bathroom.
This step can get a little tricky, because there are so many places that your tile can go. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding.
- For the bathroom floor, try to pick a tile that has great traction to prevent slippage and promote durability.
Of course in bathrooms there is a very good chance that water and/or moisture will be on the floor most of the time. With that being the case, you would want to select a bathroom floor tile that has great traction as well as durability. You should try to avoid glossy, glass or non-textured tiles.
- For shower floors, smaller tile is better.
Using smaller tiles creates enough grout lines to promote the greatest traction to prevent slipping. We recommend tiles that are 6” x 6” or smaller.
- For adding flare to your bathroom, you might want to consider an accent or feature wall.
These types of designs draw attention to certain places throughout your bathroom while adding complements to the architectural elements already in place.
Part 3: Choosing how to place your tiles for maximum results.
This can be the most challenging part depending on how you bathroom is designed. Here are some general design tips to ensure you get the desired look.
- When working with curves, slopes and/or any other unique design, you should use smaller tiles.
Using smaller tiles gives you the ability to lay the tile more precisely on the curves. Bigger tiles do not give the same leeway, so it will make the installation much more complicated.
- You should consider using the tiles to create an illusion of greater space.
If you use larger tiles on the bathroom walls, the bathroom walls appear to be bigger than they are. This also happens if you use smaller tiles on your bathroom floor.