Whether used as floor, wall or feature cladding, bathroom tiles can make a big difference to the overall look and feel of a bathroom space. They are easy to install and can create an instant impact. They are also easy to clean, waterproof and durable. They are also a great way to express your personality. From a statement stripe to a terrazzo design, you have a multitude of options to choose from. The key is to choose something that suits you and your home. A characterful Victorian house for example would lend itself well to a more detailed decorative tile, especially if paired with traditional roll-top baths and cross head taps or perhaps a more modern bathroom incorporating a wall-hung WC and walk-in shower.
The colour of a tile can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a bathroom, so it is important to consider this before making your final choice. You can opt for neutral colours that are both timeless and contemporary or brighter hues that will add an element of drama to a space. It is always a good idea to bring home a tile sample and try it out in your lighting at different times of day and under various types of light to get a true sense of how it will work in the space.
Tiles are available in a vast array of shapes, sizes and finishes, from large formats that help to make a room look bigger to intricate patterns and textured tiles. Mixing these up in a design is a sure-fire way to keep a bathroom looking interesting, but it is important that the combination doesn’t become too busy. You can do this by introducing different textures and patterns into the mix, for example by mixing up the size of tiles (big and small), combining solids with busier designs and using a variety of materials (ceramics, natural stone, glass).
Porcelain is a popular choice for bathrooms because it is long-lasting and comes in a range of colours. It is made from finely ground clay, coloured with oxides or other pigments, then fired again to set the colour into the surface. It is also water-resistant and stain-resistant, and can be glazed to further protect the surface.
Glazed ceramic tile is also water-resistant and stain-resistant. It is available in a range of colours and can be glazed to protect the surface from scratches or to provide a slip-resistant finish. It is also a cost-effective option.
Unglazed ceramic tiles can also be suitable for bathrooms, but they require more maintenance as they are not as hard-wearing as porcelain. They may need to be sealed more regularly, and are susceptible to mould growth and staining. They are also not as heat-resistant as porcelain, so should be avoided in areas where hot water is constantly running. It is a good idea to use an anti-fungal sealer on any ceramic tiles in your bathroom.