Nowhere in the home is the marriage of style and function more important than the bathroom. When you’re considering renovation in the bathroom, there are many stylistic considerations as well as the logistics of your plumbing. While there’s ample advice about designing the right bathroom suite for you, few are really cognizant of the importance of choosing the right tiling. After all, nobody wants to spend top dollar on a beautiful bathroom suite only to compromise your aesthetic with tiling that will coarsen, cheapen or be dissonant from your intended aesthetic.
Tiling can do some much more than compliment the look of your bathroom suite. The right wall tiles can create a sense of space, cleanliness and modernity. Believe it or not, it can also add a sense of warmth and comfort. Floor tiles, on the other hand not only look great but make your bathroom safer and even make that shivering trek from the shower to the towel rail more comfortable on cold days. While you can find some great bathroom design tips at http://homespaselect.com here, we’re going to pay special attention to tiles. There are so many styles, materials and colors to choose from. It can be difficult to know which are right for you both aesthetically and practically. Whether you’re fitting them yourself, or calling in a professional, here are some helpful hints that will help you to choose the perfect tiles for your bathroom.
Pick one ‘must have’ tile and work around it
Nothing makes a bathroom look smaller, more cramped and more visually distracting than the ‘busy’ effect. This is caused by too many different kinds of tiles at play. Most people fall in love with a handful of different accent tile. Then to complicate matters,try to incorporate them all. A smarter strategy is to whittle your shortlist down to one accent tile and incorporate a subtle tile to complement it. There should be no more than three types of tile in your bathroom.
Even if you’re going for minimalism, you should still incorporate a show stopper
A lot of people opt for a minimalistic look in the bathroom, opting for something innocuous like white subway tile throughout. While this is absolutely fine, you do your bathroom a disservice by neglecting to include just one ‘show stopper’. This can draw focus in the room while injecting a sense of character without making the look of the room too cluttered. Whether it’s a feature wall, a whole section of the room (such as the wet room of a walk-in shower) or a small section of wall space it can enhance your room’s aesthetic while enhancing rather than compromising the neutrality of the rest of the room.
Consider the size of the room
A room’s size will determine which tiles can (or should) be used. The right tiles can make a smaller room look bigger and prevent larger bathrooms from seeming cold and cavernous. You might think that smaller tiles are better suited for smaller rooms. However, the additional grouting can lend the room a cluttered effect. Larger tiles as well as white glossy tiles can add a sense of space and light to a small bathroom.
Take maintenance into consideration
Do you enjoy scrubbing the grouting between your tiles once a week? Thought not. Opt for porcelain or ceramic tiles in areas that will be exposed to heat and water as these are virtually maintenance free while characterful stone tiles should be used in drier areas or on the floor.
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