Tiling Tips For Your Bathroom
Tiles are the most commonly used material in the bathroom — so one should be very careful to select the right one .The aim is to make your bathroom look stylish and personal. Since long the tile has been the bathroom standard as it is available in various designs and ranges.
You need to know your options before you decide .Bathroom tiles are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, patterns and textures to suit your personal need. Another factor to be taken care of is the personal need of the individual who is going to use it.
Some tiles are not appropriate for the damp atmosphere of the bathroom. For example Marble is very sensitive to humidity causing it to crack. Laminate flooring on the other hand is not appropriate for bathrooms as it tends to be slippery and can cause accidents.
There are several tile materials like porcelain, ceramics and natural stone. Once you understand the unique characters of each it becomes easy to choose. For instance, porcelain tiles have limited designs in comparison to ceramic. Ceramic bathroom floor tile is very durable, slip and damp resistant and easy to clean. They make bathrooms safer and manageable. On the other hand unglazed tiles absorb stains easily and need frequent washing. Bathroom floor tile are available in many shapes like squares, rectangles, hexagons and octagons while accent tiles may be narrow and tapering.
Tile size is also another concern, particularly for the shower area. The bigger tiles are popularly used to give the contemporary but are unpractical for the shower floor due to drainage problems. The ideal tile size should be about 12 inches by 12 inches. It is better to use large tiles for the walls as they make the bathroom look bigger.
Here are some tips for bathroom tile ideas and tile colours:
- When using solid coloured floor tiles in ceramic for bathroom flooring, it is better to add contrasting coloured tile borders .You can also use alternate coloured borders to give a better effect and break the monotony.
- If you use the same colour ceramic tile for your floors and walls, make sure to choose a different tile size for them to make it look more interesting.
- Another great tip is to choose a grout colors contrasting with the ceramic tile colors. For example, with white tiles use blue, red or yellow grout for contrast. Use of sealers is must to protect grout colours.
- For a contemporary look, think about using bright and bold colors. Tiles with shapes or graphics also look good in contrast to plain backgrounds.
- If your preference is to have a romantic or Victorian look, use floral tiles in soft colors like pink and light green. Colours play an important role as they greatly affect the mood, making you feel calm and relaxed.
- Some people go for a Mediterranean look. In such a case a fusion of terra-cotta tiles, Mexican or other hand-painted tiles will work wonders for the floors.
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Ajay Wagle/ 24.06.2015
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Thank you so much for sharing these great tips! Now I know how to pick my grout color to contrast my tile color.
Justin Knox/ 10.03.2016
Thank you for the help. My wife and I are hoping to remodel our bathroom soon and want to add new tiles. I like the idea of adding a contrast color to the borders. How much contrast would you look for? Should it be a completely different color?
Next month, I am planning on remodeling my bathroom and I really want to do something creative with handmade tiles on the wall. I really appreciate your tip about using grout colors that contrast with the ceramic tile colors. I had no idea that there was blue, red or yellow grout as I have only ever seen just black or white. However, knowing that there are more grout options just might be what I need to come up with an interesting tile design for my bathroom!
Judy Wilson/ 03.05.2016
I like some of the bathroom tile ideas that you posted. Adding contrasting colored tile borders seems like a great tip since I’m using solid colored ceramic tiles. I’m installing white tiles in my bathroom, so maybe a bright blue border would look good to add an interesting design element when installing them. Thanks for the tips!
Justin Knox/ 05.07.2016
Thanks for the help. My wife and I are going to remodel our bathroom and want to lay new tiles. I like the idea of getting a bold color for a contemporary look, as you discussed. How would make sure that the tile color is not too bold for the room before installing?
Lillian Schaeffer/ 05.08.2016
This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that ceramic tiles are durable and slip resistant. My husband and I are going to be remodeling our master bathroom, and we’re trying to decide what kind of flooring we want. I really like the look of tile, so that’s what I’ve been leaning toward, and we’ll definitely look into using ceramic so it lasts and isn’t dangerous. Thanks for the great post!
Kendall Ryder/ 09.08.2016
I wouldn’t have thought to use different size tiles for the floor and wall. It makes sense though because I wouldn’t want it to look boring or bad. I’ll be the different sizes really add a nice contrast that is subtle but noticeable.