If you are thinking about completely refurbishing your bathroom or simply looking to freshen it up, then choosing the right tiles is a vital decision. Here’s a few things to consider before you make your choice.
Size of the Tile
The first thing you should think about is the size of the tiles. It’s a common misconception that a small room requires a small tile. In fact, it’s quite the opposite; a larger tile will always make a room appear bigger, even in the smallest of bathrooms. This rule applies for both wall and floor areas, and minimising the grout joints will always make a room seem less busy.
Colour and Style of the Tile
Obviously the colour and style of the tile is an entirely personal choice, but there are a number of things that can help you make this decision. As with size, the colour of the tile will also affect how a room appears. Using light or neutral colours can give a small bathroom that lovely airy feeling and the illusion of more space.
However, if you’re looking for a splash of colour, there are still great ways to implement this without it being too oppressive, even with a plain white tile. Running a border or even a full feature wall in your bathroom means you can have the best of both worlds. One way to achieve this is with mosaics, there are modern glass mosaics that come in a huge range of colours and finishes.
Preparation for installation
Before making any decisions on which tile you are going to purchase, it’s always wise to seek some professional help. There will almost certainly be a way to fit almost every tile to most surfaces, but this could come at some extra cost. For instance a floor board floor will certainly require some additional attention before tiling. Most tiling or DIY stores will offer some form of waterproof boarding that should be laid over the floor boards before tiling. So a quick chat to your installer could certainly save you time and money in the long run.
Ordering the right amount
When ordering your tiles, the last thing you want is to get to the end of the installation and discover you are short of tiles. So ordering the right amount to start with is imperative. Most tile fitters and tile stores recommend ordering an additional 10%. This should allow enough spare tiles for cuts or breakages, as well leave you with some spares for future replacements.