Tiles in your bathroom are important. They keep your the floor from being soaks; they add color and design to perhaps an otherwise bland bathroom.
When it comes to choosing the perfect tiles for your bathroom it can be tricky, as there are so many options.
Here are 7 tips to keep in mind when it comes time to choose your bathroom tile:
1. Capture the true essence of your room
When you walk into a home and see a centrepiece, you can bet dollars to dimes that the rest of the room is designed around that centrepiece. It’s meant to hold the focus of the room – everything else supports it for the overall beauty of that room.
Make one tile design/pattern/style your bathroom’s centrepiece. Build the rest of your design around this tile to capture the true essence of that centrepiece tile.
2. Choose subtlety over statement
Normally, people choose tiles for their bathroom such as natural stones, porcelain, or ceramics that at least mimic natural stone. Tiles are usually 12×12 or, in some cases, 18×18. One of the main things you have to remember is incorporation.
You want to pick tile designs and colours that naturally incorporate themselves into the overall scheme of your bathroom, instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. You want to be able to look around your marvelous masterpiece and wonderfully sigh at everything – not just because of the beautiful colour, but of the design of the flooring as well.
3. Attract the eyes to one place
The bathroom is a wonderful place to let your personality shine. You’re free to take risks with fun colours or patterns you might not exhibit in your main room or living room. This doesn’t mean you should go crazy – once you start going big, the tendency is to take it as far as you can.
The result? Your once-beautiful bathroom is a terrifying eye sore with so many designs and patterns, eyes strain themselves just to make sense of anything! And all your work, money and labour is ruined.
Whatever you do, make sure it’s an exciting tile – like Brazil-inspired tiles that look luxurious. Basically, think of this area like a headliner at a concert. You’re there to see the headliner, right? Supporting acts and openers may share some of the spotlight with the headliner, but not most of it. Make sure to choose that “headliner” for your bathroom tile.
4. Does less always mean more?
While it’s strongly encouraged you utilise your creativity and eye for design (it’s your bathroom, after all)… I’d suggest you strongly think about using less than 3 style patterns. From a practical standpoint, applying various tile patterns (constantly switching between them) will be a bit more time-consuming.
Thankfully, the time and effort spent is worth it – when you use less than 3. Anything more than 3 and your tiles will sadly become a distracting eyesore, and ruin the beauty you were going for.
Think about how you’ve tried using too many centrepieces on a table – it doesn’t work, does it? That’s why it’s called a centrepiece – it’s the focus of attention.
A general rule of thumb is to pick a design or pattern that makes your heart flutter, and choose subtler colours to support that design. Rules were made to be bent, though…
5. Bigger doesn’t always mean better, right?
Unfortunately, rooms have curves. Fortunately, there are smaller tiles out there that work with these curves to enhance the beauty of tile designs, rather than make them look ugly and out of place.
Smaller tiles may be smaller, but the impact they can have on the overall beauty of a room is instrumental. Don’t be afraid to use smaller tiles in your bathroom.
6. How to master the art of mosaic tiles
Since we can’t trust the glue on tile sheets, you need to be careful about mosaic tiles (should you end up going with these absolutely gorgeous things). A mosaic tile that offers more than 95% contact, from the tile all the way to the backer board, is a wise choice – as the wall needs to contact with that particular tile.
When it comes to the type of tile, a lot people have done extraordinary work using paper or film-faced mosaic tiles. Sure, it’s a lot of work: but then you look at it and your jaw drops.
Luckily, mosaic tiles easily contour around odd shapes (such as curves), so they’re excellent choices for shower pans and drain pans. While mosaic tiles are a bit more expensive than other tile style choices, and do take a bit longer to install them… they are wonderful choices for those who can afford them.
7. Heat the floors (and your feet)
Finally, tile floors can get brutally cold (especially in below-freezing winters). Since heat usually rises, if your bathroom has heating vents from the floor, all that heat goes towards the ceiling and your floors are… let’s just say socks are required.
An easy solution is to use electric radiant heating: which is an electric system that warms the floor from below. It’s a thin electric panel that hosts heat-resistant wire, and is installed under the floor. Then you can simply use a thermostat and timer (same as you do for an air conditioner, heating furnace, or cooling fan) to adjust the temperature as you see fit.
Whichever tiles you decide to work with, keep these handy tips in mind to ensure you’re as happy with your bathroom as you are with the rest of your home. Because bathrooms are an oasis, a place to unwind and relax; there’s no reason for your bathroom to not reflect the inner beauty of your visions that you dream for them. Now is your chance to make your bathroom dreams a reality.