Not so many years ago, choosing bathroom tiles was easy: large squares in white, or a subtle variant of that shade. Nowadays, clinical white bathrooms with strictly neutral palettes are far from the only option. There is an ever-expanding range of colours, textures, patterns, and shapes of tile available, to suit every taste.
In fact, the choice when it comes to decorating the modern bathroom is quite overwhelming. Your final decision will probably be influenced by the overall décor and feel of your house, as well as the size and shape of your bathroom, and the amount of natural light it receives. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Which surfaces will be tiled?
The first thing to decide is if you will be tiling the walls, the floors, or both. Although some people prefer paint or even wallpaper for their bathroom walls, this option is only recommended for exceptionally spacious and well-ventilated rooms. Tiles are the most practical choice, as they are easy to look after and are moisture-resistant.
Some people tile the wet areas around the shower and sink splashbacks, and tile halfway up the walls all around. Others prefer to make a statement with all-round floor to ceiling tiles. When it comes to flooring, tiles will lend a classic sophistication to any bathroom, as well as being extremely durable and easy to maintain.
What styles and colours will work best?
When choosing the style of your bathroom, you may want to keep it in line with the age and current décor of your house, so as not to create a jarring abrupt change. To create a traditional retro feel, experiment with different shapes of tile, such as brickwork, herringbone, or mosaic, to see which chimes with the feel of the home.
For a more contemporary look, black tiles are very much on trend right now. Go for smooth gloss Italian ceramic tiles for a super chic look. For a more boho twist, choose split face tiles, which have an authentic charm through their lack of uniformity of colour, size, and thickness. Complement the look with stylish metallic fittings and fixtures.
Of course, darker tiles may not suit every bathroom. If it is a small space with little natural light, paler tones and light colours will lend it a more spacious feel. You could always add pops of colour with fittings, or create interest by unusual tile shapes on the flooring, such as hexagon cuts.
If you really have your mind set on dark or vibrant colours for a small bathroom, it’s not impossible. Make sure you add plenty of layers of artificial light, in the ceiling and walls, and add a couple of large back-lit mirrors to bounce light around the room.
Larger bathrooms are more of a blank canvas, which suit beautiful subtle marble tones, or strong contemporary colours. In general, larger tiles on the walls and floors will maximise the feel of light and space, whereas smaller tiles will create a more intimate feel.
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