While decorating or redecorating your bathroom one of the key questions that always crops up is “how to select the perfect tile for the space?” Choosing the perfect tile for your bathroom is no easy task. It requires meticulous planning and consideration.
Colour, size, material, finish and design are just some aspects that you need to consider while selecting a tile for your bathroom. Then there is the matter of creating wall concepts or accent walls to give the space a mesmerising focal point.
Does The Floor Tile Have To Match The Shower Tile?
To put it in short, no, your floor tiles do not need to match the shower tiles. While it is very common to see uniform floor to ceiling tiles in bathrooms, with changing trends more and more designers and homeowners are opting for different tiles, as long as they do not clash.
Yes, it may seem like an overwhelming task to choose separate wall and floor tiles, but Wall vs. Floor Tile have different properties and characteristics, it is best to opt for different tiles.
5 Tips To Consider While Selecting Your Bathroom Tiles
As mentioned earlier, choosing the right tiles is an important task and these tips will surely help you make the right choice for your bathroom tiles:
1. Choose A Colour Palette And Stick To It
While designing your bathroom it is best if you first select the colour scheme of your space – it makes designing the space a lot easier.
While choosing a colour palette ensure that you choose a colour scheme with 2 to 3 colours (or maximum 4) and not more.
Doing so will result in the creation of a cohesive space that does not feel too overwhelming. Also, remember that colours have a great impact on the emotion a space evokes, so think about the ambience you want to create while choosing the colour palette.
2. Play With Patterns And Scale For A More Cohesive Look
Tiles are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and designs and a perfect space would have just the right mix of all of these.
The best way to do so is to combine small and big sizes and designs. This ensures that the space does not look too busy and overwhelming for the eye.
For example, you could opt for intricately patterned Moroccan floor tiles paired with solid coloured walls or large wall tiles with smaller highlighter tiles to create a perfect mix.
3. Mix And Match Finishes, But Do Not Compromise On Functionality
While choosing the tiles the look of the tile is not the only thing that you need to consider, you should also consider the feel of the tile.
Tiles come in a variety of finishes and each finish has a different impact on the aesthetic as well as the functionality of the space. Add at least two different finishes to your space, but always choose functionality over aesthetic.
You may love a glossy marble look floor for your bathroom, but it can be a disastrous choice since glossy tiles can become extremely slippery when wet!
4. Pay Heed To Grout Selection
The days of all white grout on any coloured tile are gone. The right colour of grout can emphasise the shape and pattern of a tile and even de-emphasise it, if that is what you wish for.
Similar coloured grout can be used to create a muted and subtle pattern, while contrasting grout can be used to bring the shape or design of a tile to notice.
Brightly coloured grout can also be used to break the monotony of a neutral coloured bathroom and give it a perky look.
5. Go Large With Large Tiles
Larger tiles come with a host of advantages. For one, they can make a smaller space appear bigger, which is highly advantageous in a bathroom, since it is traditionally a smaller space. Secondly, larger tiles means there will be fewer grout lines.
Fewer grout lines = less cleaning, resulting in easy maintenance. Large tiles with intricate designs can also add a touch of elegance to your space. These large tiles can be used on both floors and walls of your bathroom.
Planning and designing a bathroom is a meticulous job. Since it is a high moisture environment, it is essential that you make it a safe and anti-slip bathroom.
Choosing the right tiles, such as matte finished tiles or anti-skid tiles for bathroom floors, will ensure there are minimum accidents and slips.
Also, selecting the right material will ensure that there is minimal water seeping through the tiles and damaging your floors and walls. I hope the tips help you select the right tiles for your space!
Isha Tandon has worked within the architecture and interior design industry as a flooring consultant expert – specializing in tiles, stones, and terrazzo.
She has worked with Orientbell Limited, a leading tile manufacturer in India, as a product development manager in the design team and has recently joined the marketing team as their digital content expert.
Her experience comes in handy in understanding the audience as she creates value-driven functional & informational content for the readers.
She creates lifestyle pieces that focus on interior design products, trends, and processes. She loves to travel to historic places with rich architecture.