Choosing bathroom tiles is one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make when renovating your bathroom. Tiles are the largest, most eye-catching feature in your bathroom and can make or break the effect you want.
When choosing tiles there are 3 main things to keep in mind – colour, size, and budget!
COLOUR, PATTERN & TEXTURE
Your colour scheme will have the biggest impact on the tiles you choose, and in turn the biggest impact on the finished job. Consideration will need to be given towards the overall effect you want; e.g. traditional, modern, industrial. Also keep in mind how well the colour and style will date. Sure hexagonal patterns are on trend right now, but they will be a dead give away as to the age of your bathroom in about five years’ time!
Choosing one feature tile, or highlight pattern is great for that wow effect, but too many different colours and patterns will kill the look. And remember, you can’t ever go past white. A white bathroom looks clean, fresh and light, and can easily be jazzed up with feature colours or patterns to create a unique look that fits your style. The grout colour will also have a large impact on both the final look, and ongoing maintenance so make sure this is brought up in your discussions with your builder, tiler and tile supplier.
Texture is another key element. Natural or composite stone may require extra sealing and ongoing maintenance, whereas glazed porcelain or ceramic tiles are easy to clean and low maintenance.
As with everything and anything, you will need to consider your budget. Tiles can be expensive! The key when choosing bathroom tiles, is to look for cheaper alternatives. Although Italian tiles look beautifully and are a superior product, you can often achieve the same effect with a local Australian made tile or Chinese equivalent. These products are still great quality, and are almost always available in similar styles, patterns and colours to their more expensive cousins. And really, who knows where the tile is from once it’s laid anyway? It’s the final look that counts.
The size of the tile and laying pattern will also also affect your budget. Modern rectified edge tiles and large tiles over 300mm x 300mm are more time consuming to lay and therefore will be reflected in the laying price. As will be the same with mosaic, hexagonal and other laying patterns. Make sure your tiler is upfront with the extra associated costs beforehand.
WHAT’S YOUR STANDOUT FEATURE?
Although tiles are often the main feature of the room, it’s also important to decide on what area of your bathroom you want to stand out. Do you want your bath to be the show stopper? The vanity? The shower? Deciding this will help you choose the right tile to create the impact around that feature.
If you’re having difficulty deciding on your tiles, it’s always best to speak to an expert. Here at Bathroom Renovation Rescue, we have over 25 years’ experience in tiling. We’re up to date with all the latest trends and products and can assist you with advice on colour, pattern and tile size to make the most of your bathroom renovation. Call Shane today on 0417-033-064 or drop us an email here.