Bathroom Tile Selection- made easy
Did you know the average human spends up to 13,600 hours in the bathroom across their lifetime?
Daily tasks like showering, washing hair, brushing teeth and using the toilet can add up to a whopping year and seven months, according to a 2008 British study.
The bathroom is no doubt an essential part of modern-day life. So if you’re going to be spending that much time in it, it should be one of the most comfortable rooms in your home, shouldn’t it?
When styling a bathroom, the most popular choice for walls and flooring is tiles. This is because a bathroom is likely to contain moisture and tiles are a non-absorbent, easy to clean material.
Choosing bathroom tiles can however be a difficult task as there are so many shapes, sizes, colours and designs to choose from. Here are some tips to help you in making your decision.
Have a vision
You must have some idea of what you want your bathroom to look like. Whether it be a certain colour, pattern or design, you should have a goal in mind. You can start with a single tile you like and build around it or you can find inspiration in magazines and other places.
Select for Convenience
Some tiles require more effort to keep clean and maintain than others. One example is small mosaic tiles. The smaller the tile, the more grout lines you will have. In a space that is constantly wet, grout tends to get dirty quickly and will require frequent cleaning. If you’re not prepared to put in the work to do this, small ties may not be the most convenient option for you. Large tiles, on the other hand will have fewer grout lines and be easier to clean. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are also easier to clean than stone tiles. Stone tiles are more porous and attracts dirt and grime much more easily. Similarly, light coloured tiles may require more frequent cleaning than darker colours as dirt and grime tend to show more prominently on lighter colours.
The size of your bathroom should also guide your choice of tile colour and tile size. Dark colours absorb light and make a room seem smaller. Bright colours have the opposite effect and can make a room seem bigger and more inviting. So if you have a small bathroom, a brighter colour tile may be the better choice. It is commonly thought that small tiles should be used in a small bathroom, but the many grout lines can actually make the room look and feel smaller. Large tiles in a small bathroom can however make a small space seem more open. You can also choose to use a mixture of tile sizes. For instance, if you use a large 12x12 tiles on your walls, you can use a smaller version of the same design on your floors to continue the pattern while maintaining traction.
Don’t limit yourself to one colour or pattern. You can try blending different shades or complimentary colours. Using different colours, you can create your own unique pattern. Try not to use more than three different tiles however as you may overwhelm the space, especially if you already have a small bathroom.
Consider the rest of the room
The last thing you want is for your tiles to clash with the rest of your bathroom décor. Always keep in mind the colour scheme of your bathroom fixtures or cabinets and cupboards. Choose tile colours that complements or fits in smoothly with the rest of your bathroom.
Choose textured tiles
You can get away with using smooth, glossy tiles on your bathroom walls but these may not be a good choice for your floors. Smooth tiles are easy to wipe down and keep clean but they are also very slippery when wet and a bathroom is a place prone to moisture. Glass tiles are also a no-no for bathroom floors. Textured tiles provide extra traction that will help prevent dangerous slips and falls.
Accent walls are for bathrooms too
You can create an accent wall or focal point in your bathroom just as you would in a living room or bedroom. If you choose a plain, solid colour like white for your bathroom, you can spruce up the space with a pop of colour on one wall or create a border along the bottom or top of your walls. Your floor can also serve as an accent wall. By choosing a plain colour for your wall tiles and a pattern for your floor, you can create a unique, eye-catching look.
Grout matters too
For many people, grout simply serves as a sealing agent to close up the spaces between the tiles and prevent moisture from seeping underneath. But grout can be part of your design too. Grout comes in a variety of colours to either stand out against your tiles, or blend in for a seamless look. As mentioned above, light coloured grout will dirty quicker and require more frequent cleaning. If this doesn’t bother you then white grout against a dark tile can create a nice contrast. Make sure that if you use different size tiles, the grout lines match up so you won’t have an uneven, careless look in your bathroom.
When you’ve decided on the tiles you will use in your bathroom, here are some additional tips to help you in making the purchase and starting your project.
Do your research
You should research the cost of various types of tiles to determine if it fits into your budget. Ceramic tiles are generally inexpensive while porcelain tiles are pricier. Make sure your vision matches your budget.
When purchasing tiles, it’s wise to measure the size of your bathroom so you will know how many tiles you will need. Purchase at least 10 % more than needed to allow for accidental breakages, cutting waste and potential future repairs as you may not be able to get the exact design again later on.
Choose the right people for the job
Choose a reputable company for tile installation to ensure that your job is done the way you want. A professional contractor can not only carry out your project but assist you in making the most sensible and economical choices. TriniHelper is standing by with a capable and experienced team to help you bring your vision to reality. Contact us at www.trinihelper.com or call us on +1 868-322-7520