Bathroom Tile Tips for that remodel you’ve been dreaming of in the dizzying world of Tile..
Keep Size and Maintenance in Mind
Lets start off with first step of selecting bathroom tile, the size of tile your bathroom will attain. If you use large tile in a small bathroom, they create fewer grout lines, which make the floor and your walls feel more like one continuous surface rather than broken up by multiple tiles therefor creating the illusion of a bigger bathroom. There is also less tile up-keep with the option of larger tile. Smaller tiles, such as mosaic tiles, are a great option for designs irregardless of the size of bathroom but require more grout maintenance when used in spaces that are constantly wet. Select a size and maintenance route that works for your bathroom’s size and your lifestyle.
Balance the Tile Type and Dimension
Most bathrooms you see probably have a few different tiles that are used together to create a cohesive look that still has visual interest. When selecting your pieces, try and limit yourself to no more than three different tiles. In smaller spaces, too many types, colors, and sizes will seem overwhelming. If you’re selecting a few different tile sizes, try and make sure that they’re multiples of each other (perhaps a 12in X 12in. floor piece with a 4in X 4in. inch wall selection, and a 1in. X 1in. border accent.) This easy tip will put your mind at ease knowing all your tile is aligned.
Opt For a Neutral Floor and Ceiling
In today’s modern style, most people have been using neutral tiles on the floors because an eye-catching color will draw the eye downwards rather than allowing it to see into the space. A neutral floor then works like a subtle base, allowing you to experiment more with accent colors on the walls or a simple accent design on the floor. Depending on your space allowed, opt for a complementary color for your accent. A white or neutral ceiling will have a similar effect when going this route. Such as below shows a neutral base color on the floor with a white ceiling and accents halfway on the wall and floor.
Color & Texture
Developing a color palette is often the most challenging part of a bathroom remodel, so a good starting point is to begin with a neutral palette, and then find one piece you absolutely love and build around that. It might be a relatively simple piece that you can use nearly everywhere, or it might be an expensive, striking option that you’ll end up using more sparingly as an accent tile. Either way, once you have that piece picked out, it will be easier to decide on complementary tiles as necessary. The bathroom requires frequent cleaning, and while smooth, glazed tiles are easy to wipe down, they can also be a slipping hazard, especially in the shower. For that reason, it’s prudent to choose a slightly textured tile for the floor and a smoother design for the walls. You may also find that a textured piece under your feet feels nicer, or is a little warmer on a cold night, than a glossy finish.
5. Remember, Grout Is the Finishing Touch
As we mentioned, you’ll want to think about maintenance with grout, because it is more difficult to clean than most tiles, but you’ll also want to consider color. If you are using a darker piece, white grout lines will contrast sharply, while a grout with a similar tone will be more subtle and, if desired, can almost blend in with the rest of the design. One trend we’ve been seeing is people opting for very simple, neutral tiles, like a while subway tile, and then using a brightly colored, eye-catching grout in a fun color for an unexpected, playful touch. Shown on the left is dark piece with white grout for contrast and the right is showing white subway tile with different colors of grout ranging from white, neutral and dark grout.