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Selecting Bathroom Tiles

January 30, 2014
Selecting Bathroom Tiles

When it comes to choosing a bathroom tile there are many factors and features to consider; colour, texture, tile size and tile finish are all important.

However, you must first establish your budget before any planning is done, as this will allow you to choose tiles according to your budget along with any changes to the décor within the bathroom.

Types of Tiles

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles provide an affordable option for general household use, they are crafted from clay, glazed and then baked in a kiln, this enables them to be quickly and cheaply mass produced in a wide range of colours and designs.

ceramic bathroom tile

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are stronger than ceramic tiles, making them a preferred choice for areas of high use as they provide greater resilience, this makes them better suited to floor use. Due to the ruggedness of porcelain, it is important to use the correct adhesive as these tiles are heavier than ceramic tiles.

porcelain bathroom tile

Slate Tiles

Slate tiles are a great all-rounder, due to their superior heat tolerance and non-slip rating; they are the perfect fit for the bathroom. Available in various shades of greys through to blues, and textures, slate is a great choice for creating a natural looking surface and well worth the investment.

slate bathroom tiles

Choosing a Tile Colour

The colour choice of your tile needs care and consideration. This is something you need to live with everyday and possibly, something that will effect how big or small the room feels. In theory, lighter colours open up a room, making it feel more spacious and welcoming than it may appear. Darker colours can create a claustrophobic feel and significantly shrink the perceived room size. Colour also needs to be considered in relation to the fixtures within the bathroom; taps, towel rails, vanity and shower screens need to be considered in the final choice of tile to create a coordinated feel to the bathroom.

The Right Tile Choice

As simple as it sounds this is very important, whilst floor and wall tiles appear to be the same they differ vastly in weight and their application.

Floor tiles are generally stronger and heavier than wall tiles as they are designed to be constantly walked on, this also requires a stronger adhesive to keep them in place over their lifespan.

Matte or Gloss Tile Finish

The finish of your tiles needs to be considered. Floor tiles are better to have a matte finish, as this provides greater grip when they become wet and reduce the chance of slipping. Wall tiles can be a variation of matte and gloss finish, a gloss finish will provided greater light reflection and brighten up the bathroom, they are also easier to clean due to the slick surface created by the gloss finish

Tile Grout Colour

Grout colour will affect the overall presentation of the wall, as it will fill the gaps between the tiles. A lighter grout may look great but will require frequent cleaning to maintain its pristine look.

Mosaic Tiles

Mosaics create a vibrant feel to any bathroom, and can be used as either a feature wall or all over for the adventurous designer. Mosaic patters are widely available from tile stores or can be created from your own tile selection. They are easy to install as they come bonded to a mesh sheet. Grouting is the biggest decision when considering a mosaic as the gaps tend to be larger, making the grout a focal point.

mosaic bathroom tile

Cleaning Tiles

As mentioned, the finish and grouting of the tiles will affect how easily the bathroom can be cleaned. So it is recommended choosing a grout and tile finish that you are able to maintain and easily clean with basic cleaning products.

If you consider all these points above prior to purchasing your bathroom tiles, you will be on a great path to selecting your perfect tile option.

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