When decorating your bathroom, the obvious choice to go for in term of interior is tiling. Tiles are water resistant, hygienic and can look very modern and stylish for a great chic look. When you choose the right ones, you can change the entire look of a bathroom, creating not only a functional room, but also a place to relax in luxury, spruce up and unwind.
Nowadays you can pick from any colour of the rainbow and any design; the opportunities are endless so you can really create the look you are envisaging. But, with so many options on the market, how do you know which tiles to go for?
As experts of installing and designing bathrooms in Northampton, we have put together some tips to choosing tiles to turn your bathroom from dull to dazzling.
- Go for light colours
When choosing bathroom tiles, light colours will be the most flattering for your space. Light colours will make the room look bigger and brighter, and will reflect any natural light which enters the room. It is also important to choose light colours so that you are able to use the mirrors easily, and they also give the room a fresher, cleaner look. Neutral colours such as beige, cream and light grey are all popular choices for bathrooms.
- Be bold
Although it is advisable to go with light colours, that doesn’t mean you can’t go bold with your choices. Choosing brighter light colours such as duck egg blue is on trend currently and will give your bathroom a more vibrant feel.
As well as being bold with your colours, you can also go for patterns, texture looks and different bricking patterns to add interest to the design of your room.
- Add borders and beading
To create a professional finish and add interest to your tiling, boarders can be a great choice. This also means that you don’t have to incest in tiling all the way up to the ceiling if it is not necessary, as you can finish the tiling half way up.
Boarders can add a decorative pattern to an otherwise plain looking room, and adding a dash of colour could mean matching it with the décor in the bedroom, for example if the bathroom is an en suit.
If you are not a fan of boarders, you can always opt for tiling beading, which is a cheaper alternative but still looks professional and elegant. Most people opt for a silver beading which will go well with chrome taps and shower heads.
- Prepare for more
It is always a good idea to purchase more than you are expecting to need to cover your bathroom. An additional 5 to 10% is advisable just in case. This will account for any breakages and cuts, and ensures that you have the same tiles just in case you need more than expected to fill all the nooks and crannies you didn’t account for.
Most tile companies offer refunds on unused boxes of tiles, so there is no need to worry about buying more than necessary and overspending. However, it is a good idea to check with the company you are buying from before going overboard.
- Consider the size
In terms of bathroom tiling, bigger is not always better. It is highly advisable to consider carefully the layout of your bathroom, and if you have walls which will require many tile cuts, for example around fixtures and fittings, in a small space, it is sometimes better to opt for smaller tiles which can look neater, and the laying of the tiles will also be a faster and easier process.
- Ask for advice
If you are not sure as to which tiles you are looking for, it is highly advisable to ask for advice from the worker who is installing your bathroom, or from the bathroom shop you intend on buying your interior from.
These professionals will be fully trained, know what’s on trend and suitable for the space you have, and are likely to consider things you may not otherwise have thought of.
Some tiles are more suited to different purposes than others according to what the space is intended to be used for, but a professional will know the details of which tiles will be appropriate for your bathroom.
It is also highly advisable to ask for advice regarding the aftercare of your tiles, and this is sometimes even a consideration when choosing the tiles. Natural tiles such as slate, stone or travertine will require more maintenance than artificial copies of these materials, so it is important to think about whether or not you are committed to making the extra effort.