Getting the right tiles for your bathroom can make or break the design of your bathroom. There is a great deal to choose from including tile textures, tile weight, colours and tile finish and it is hard to visualise how tiles will look in your bathroom when on the whole floor or wall.
If you can – take a sample of the tiles and leave them in your bathroom in key places for as long as you can before making your decision so that you start to get a feel for the tile.
Use the tiles as more than just a floor covering or a wall covering and really make them into a feature. Choose small mosaic tiles to create your own patterns on the walls in shower cubicles or in prominent positions in the bathroom. Alternate two colours to give clean lines and a nice feature.
Choose shiny white brick style tiles for the floors and walls and why not stretch it to the ceiling to give the whole room a clean and crisp look.
Stand a free standing bath in the middle of feature tile patterns to give the impression of space around the bath and other pieces of furniture.
If you have an eclectic mix of furniture in your bathroom then go for plain tiles on the floor that will keep the room form looking cluttered or too busy.
Don’t go straight with the tiles – mix and match shapes where you can to give the bathroom an informal and homely feel.
Separate the wet area fro the dry area with different style tiles. Use small for the wet area to create a feeling of space and larger tiles for the dry area for a luxurious look.
Use accent colours in the tiles and use this colour throughout the bathroom. If your bathroom gets a little chilly in the wintery months – stick to warmer colours and why not use a wood effect on the floor to really keep it looking cosy.
Are you faced with a small space for your bathroom but you want it all – roll top baths, luxurious shower cubicles, a spacious sink for him and her? Well we might not be able to magic you up some more bathroom space, but we can give you some ideas for making the most of what you have.
Mix up the Shapes – go for oval sinks instead of square and give yourself a larger sink but more space around it to keep your surfaces free from looking cluttered. If you don’t have space for a bulbous oval shape why not try a long sink. It’s almost a his and hers sink and will give you space to both use the sink at the same time without getting under one another’s feet!
Make the most of your space around units by allowing for hanging space where you can. Opt for a sink with no unit underneath giving you space for storing clothes baskets and a rail for hanging towels instead of cluttering corners and walls.
Including blocky units can close off the appearance of space so keep things open with units with legs instead of heavy cupboards. Put sinks on washstands with legs and make any dresser space leggy tables rather than units with cupboards underneath.
Don’t go overboard with patterns – if you have a busy tiled floor then match it with plain neutral coloured walls and simple lines. Keep it from being busy by maintaining space around your furniture and as much natural light in the room as possible.
Look at saving space by using sunk in shelves on tiled walls above baths or sinks to give you extra storage whilst keeping the underneath wall space free.
Keep as much natural light in the bathroom as possible- even if that means introducing glass shower cubicles if the window falls within a shower space. Use extra large mirrors where you can to give the feeling of extra space.
If you aren’t keen on the leggy approach and know you have lots of things to stash away in the bathroom then make the most of units with storage space – give bathroom mirrors storage space behind or underneath and make the most of the space under the sink with concealed cupboards and shelves but avoid cupboards that go all the way to the floor and make the bathroom feel closed in.