The bathroom is one of the more personal rooms in a home, and alongside the kitchen, can often be the most personalised by homeowners when they renovate.
There are many things to consider when tiling a bathroom, but each can easily be handled if the necessary points are focused on. Here are three top tips to help you choose the right tiles for you.
There are usually three different types of tiling to be handled in a bathroom, the floor tiling, the walls, and any feature pieces, or accents.
The walls and floor usually remain largely neutral, with whites, creams and light greys. This gives a light, clean feel. Sometimes homeowners opt for black, marbled finishes, which gives a very dramatic and luxurious feeling.
However, although there is usually quite a limited choice in colouring walls and floors, the accent tiling can be a very big part of making a bathroom unique. This is where colour is usually introduced.
Accent tiles can include small laying patterns, mosaics or certain tiles of varying colour.
Even the material of the tile is important, and with porcelain, ceramic and white body tiles for choice, often many homeowners are a little overwhelmed. Each material has different properties, which makes them more useful for certain functions over others.
Porcelain is predominantly used for flooring, as the finish allows better grip, it’s harder wearing than ceramics, and has low water absorption.
On the other hand, ceramics are softer, lighter and are made with a different finish. They’re far more suited for use on walls, due to the weight difference, and the difference in simplicity to cut. They also have slightly higher water absorption than porcelain.
White body tiles are between porcelain and ceramic regarding water absorption and weight, and resemble porcelain due to the finish.
It’s always important to compare designs, colour schemes and laying patterns, and there are many choices for each.
Materials used in the tiles should be one of the first things compared, and as seen above, they vary in qualities.
Another point to consider is potential colour schemes. They can set a whole mood for a room, and somewhere as frequently used as a bathroom, it needs to be relaxing. There often aren’t many vibrant colours used in bathroom themes, and usually a guideline of three similar colours is used.
After speaking to The London Tile Shop, they said” “It is essential, no matter the room you’re tiling, to compare and see which designs suit you the best. We spend a lot of time in our homes usually, and no matter the use of the room, it’s important that you compare as many options as possible. The more you compare, the liklier you are to find a design that suits you.”
The cost can vary rather significantly depending on the choice of tiles, any laying patterns and any extra features with the accent tiling.
Although certain options may be more costly, it’s always worth assessing value for money, and how much value the design has to the homeowner. There are bespoke designs that can drive prices up, but also create a perfectly blissful mood.
Once you have your tiles priced up, (it can often be best to go to a tiler separate to the builder) you’ll want to be pricing up a builder, gathering quotes. After all, cutting and fitting tiles is no joke. Check out Jam Builders here for more information.
What tiling options are you considering? What design have you perhaps already had fitted? Feel free to share your stories.