8 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Tiles For Your Bathroom

Is it time for a bathroom remodel? Bathrooms are more than just a place for maintaining personal hygiene. They’re also a place to relax in a hot bubble bath after a hectic day at work and catch up on your self-care routine. However, getting your bathroom to the point where it is the perfect place to unwind requires some work – and choosing the right tiles.

Most tiles are designed to withstand areas and create surfaces that are ideal for wet environments – like the bathroom. They’re durable, easy to clean, and they protect the underlying structure from water damage. However, not all tiles are going to be ideal for your bathroom, so you need to choose the right type.

The tiles in your bathroom will have a huge influence on the atmosphere you’re trying to create. Choosing tiles that are too colourful or with really complex patterns could make you feel distracted or anxious; if they are too dark and bland, you might feel bored and uninspired. So, choosing the right tiles does matter, and we’re going to help you do it with this guide.

1.   Consider location

Where is your tile going to be installed? Will it be on the floor, wall, or inside the shower? Not all tiles are appropriate for every area in the bathroom. For instance, floor tiles are thicker and more resilient to pressure, making them more durable. They also usually have a texture that makes them safer and easier to walk on.

Wall tiles are thinner and lighter to reduce the verticle drag placed on them when they’re stuck to a wall. You don’t want to use these tiles for floor installations because they’re more likely to crack.

2.   Choose the right type of tile

Next, let’s consider some materials. You can choose between ceramic and porcelain tiles. Ceramic tiles are made from clay and water, and the shape is then fired in a kiln. Glazed ceramic tiles are waterproof, making them ideal for wet applications. However, remember that glazed ceramic tiles are water resistant but not waterproof, so they’re not appropriate for wet locations.

Porcelain tiles are made of clay and water, but they are a more durable choice because they’re denser, stronger and less porous than their ceramic counterparts. Both porcelain and ceramic tiles come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours, including finishes that mimic other materials like marble and wood.

3.   Choose the right size

When it comes to choosing tiles, it’s important to choose tiles that are appropriate for your bathroom. You don’t want to choose tiles that are too big and just proportionate to the size of your bathroom. For smaller bathrooms that are more compact and have a bit of a tighter space, medium to small tiles might be better. If you’d like to be a little bit more adventurous, you could even pair medium and small tiles with some large tiles in your bathroom.

4.   Find the perfect colour scheme

As we said earlier,  the colour scheme you choose has a massive impact on the atmosphere and mood of your bathroom. Remember, colours do more in a home than just make it presentable. They’re essential for creating a flow for the home. Certain colour schemes can even make a room look bigger than it is. This is why choosing the right colour scheme for your bathroom is so important. Many people go for cooler colours to create a calming effect. This all depends on what you’re looking for, though.

5.   Choose the right pattern

Excited to mix things up a bit? Get patterned tiles. These tiles are a great way to make your bathroom more unique and tend to give it more personality. There are so many patterns that you can choose from:

  • Straight Lay
  • Diagonal
  • Herringbone
  • Chevron
  • Basketweave
  • Pinwheel
  • Windmill
  • Versailles (French)
  • Running Bond (Brick)
  • Hexagon
  • Diamond
  • Modular
  • Hopscotch
  • Subway
  • Octagon and Dot
  • Spanish
  • Moroccan
  • Fish Scale
  • Arabesque
6.   Consider adding some texture

Adding texture to your bathroom is a great way to change the atmosphere. For instance, spas usually have unpolished stone tiles, which give the area a natural feel. You could do the same with tiles that resemble wood or marble.

7.   Opt for practicality

It’s easy to get caught up in the aesthetic side of interior design. We all want our homes to look pleasant. But practicality is just as important, especially for a bathroom. Look for tiles that are slightly textured, easy to clean, and durable for your bathroom. Make sure the tiles you choose are suitable to walk on when wet. You don’t want to slip in the shower by accident.

8.   Shop around

Tiles range in price from extremely expensive to pretty cheap. Just because they have a lower price tag on them doesn’t mean they’re horrible quality. It might just mean they’re more readily available. Either way, you can find cheap tiles online or expensive ones. We’d suggest checking your budget and finding tiles that suit it before making your choice.

Final Thoughts

Designing your dream bathroom doesn’t just have to be in your dreams. By following the tips above you can design the perfect relaxation space in the comfort of your own home. So why wait, start planning your dream bathroom today. Choose your tiles and research where you can get them. That way, when you’re ready to remodel the plan is already in place.

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