How to choose the perfect tiles for your bathroom
Renovating any room in your home can be daunting and ensuring you make the right decisions when it comes to making big changes can take a bit of thinking. Our homes are our happy places, so making sure they match our tastes but also offer practicality and useability is important.
Changing things like tiles in your bathroom can completely transform the look and feel of the space, but there is much more to think about than just choosing a nice pattern. Making sure you can work around your plumbing and heating pipes is one of the first things you need to think about, do you need to change or move any of the pipes?
Making sure the tiles are aesthetically pleasing and tie in with your existing theme, as well as being practical for the space, is also a crucial factor. Carry on reading to find out a little more about how you can choose the perfect tiles for your bathroom, with some recommendations from home and interior bloggers.
Think about aesthetics
One of the main reasons people look to change the tiles in their bathroom is to alter the aesthetic of the room and to ensure it suits a new style or changing bathroom suite. But one of the main things to think about when changing your tiles is to think about the way the space feels.
One of the best ways to ensure the aesthetics always match with your bathroom suite, your shower tiles and the flooring, is to go neutral. Choosing a neutral tile allows you to change the basics every so often whilst ensuring your tiles always match. Choose whites, greys and pastel colours that won’t go out of style. However, you could choose a bolder colour to tile your shower to add an extra dimension if you wish.
One rule to follow that’ll narrow down your search is to choose your tiles based on the size of your bathroom. If you don’t have a lot of space, choosing smaller tiles is a great way to make the room look larger, the same goes for larger rooms, larger tiles work best in these sorts of spaces.
Neutral colours for your bathroom:
- Dark blue
- Pastel pink
Practicality should be at the forefront of your mind when picking your new bathroom tiles, as you don’t want to pick lovely tiles that just don’t work for your space or are difficult to be fitted. Pinterest and Instagram are a great place for looking at what tiles actually work in peoples homes, as Sarah from the home blog Dream of Home explains:
“When choosing your tiles, it's so important to understand how they will go together. You may love the style and texture, but not the overall look. The best thing you can do is find the tiles in real people's homes. I do this by searching the name of the tile on Instagram. It will then show images where people have used the tiles in their own home, either to give you inspiration or help you decide on whether you want to go ahead. It can also give you an idea of the kinds of pattern you can go for (straight lay, herringbone, checkerboard, windmill, etc.)”
If you are paying someone to fit your tiles on your behalf, it might be a good idea to get them round beforehand to discuss your plans and show them the type of tiles you are looking at, this way they can tell you what they would recommend before your commit or pay any money.
Price can play a huge part in your choice of tiles. Price can often indicate quality, longevity and detail so making sure you choose the right ones for your price point is important. If you are planning to change your bathroom tiles to sell your home or just to update the room and make it more neutral then spending a hefty amount of money isn’t necessary, similarly, if you don’t use the bathroom often, then choosing something cheaper but simple is a great route to go down.
On the flip side, if you use the bathroom all the time and you want to pay a little more for something that’ll last and is an investment, then choose an intricate design that may cost a little more.
Think about texture
Tiles come in all shapes, sizes colours and texture, so not only do you need to choose what colour you want your tiles to be, but you also need to consider the texture. Tiles can come in a variety of textures, including matte, gloss, wave style and mosaic just to name a few.
The Little Green Shed blog explains how to choose what texture and material your bathroom tiles should be on their website, saying: “Bathrooms in their nature are wet so you need to look for something that will endure all that damp. Natural stone has amazing character but the care requirements are higher and tiles will need resealing regularly. For a cheaper and easier option go for a man-made tile. They are easy to look after and install.”
Things to consider when choosing bathroom tiles:
So, if you’re thinking about updating your bathroom and want to freshen up your tiles, make sure you think about the options beforehand and consider some of the points we have covered above. Explore our range of tiles and tools to help you with your renovating.
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