Over the course of your life, you will spend about 92 days in a bathroom. With this in mind, it can be understood why a good bathroom interior can be so important—if you're spending three months somewhere, it should be a place that is comfortable and visually appealing, after all. Much of a bathroom's form and function comes down to the different floor, wall, and shower tiles that are employed. Consequently, these renovation tips should help you navigate some of the important considerations that go in to choosing the right bathroom tile for your needs.
Bathroom Tile Selection Tips
Like with any other sort of interior decorating, there are certain style techniques and loose rules that should be kept in mind. Bathrooms are no different, so here are some bathroom tile tips that you should keep in mind when renovating.
Know Your Tile Types
Broadly speaking, there are four main types of tiles that are commonly used for bathroom interiors. These types are glass (uniquely glossy), ceramic (low-maintenance and good for decals), stone (natural feel and organic patterns), and porcelain (not absorbent). Do some research into the different pros and cons of these and other tiling options—for example, by consulting a guide like this one. By getting a better understanding of what the practical application of each tile type might look like, you can narrow down your options.
Rule of Three
It is possible, even common, to use different types of tile and different tile designs in the same bathroom. In order to avoid visual clutter and to keep your vision more unified, it can be a good idea to limit yourself to three types of tiles at most. This is not a hard-and-fast rule and can be broken if you feel the need, but it can be a good concept to adhere to if you want to keep your visuals focused. For instance, picking the one pattern or tile that you really like the most and selecting two supporting tiles to give it focus and balance.
Tile colour is going to be one of the main visual drives behind your bathroom’s interior. For small bathrooms, light shades (soft pastels) or neutrals can help make the space seem larger and more inviting. Larger rooms can employ wall tile or floor tile with darker or more saturated colours without feeling claustrophobic. Also consider the amount of light your bathroom gets and how that will play against the tile colours.
Mind the Fixtures
It's important to keep in mind the sinks, faucets, mirrors, cabinets, and other furniture or fixture elements your bathroom will play host to. There are two primary reasons for this. The first, obviously, is that you don't want to pick a tile arrangement that doesn't get supported by the fixtures themselves. The second is that the space and shape of your tiling surface will matter when it comes to the actual installation. For instance, if your fixtures create more rounded spaces or don't leave many large gaps, then smaller tiles will be easier to install than larger ones.
Aim for a Timeless Look
Those 92 days spent in a bathroom are going to be spread out over the course of your entire life. Naturally, your tastes won't stay the same during this period, so it's important that your bathroom interior is something you can feel comfortable with and enjoy at any time. A useful bathroom tile selection tip is to veer away from designs or colours if you aren't certain that you will still like them months or years down the line. That bold violet or lime green mosaic might suit your fancy now, but it's also more likely to be a phase than a white brick or sea-blue.
Getting Top Bathroom Tiling Options at Centura Tile
Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933 and this is reflected in the large variety of wall, floor, and shower tile options on offer that can work great in any bathroom interior.
To learn more about bathroom tile options, different tile types, or to ask other tiling queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.