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Bathroom tiles are one of the most permanent design features you will ever have to choose for your home. As you saunter around the tile store, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the endless variety of colours, sizes, layouts, materials and price tags. Before you choose your bathroom tiles, get your facts straight – check out this buying guide to get you started.

1. Placement

The first question to ask is yourself is where will your bathroom tiles be placed? Do you need floor tiles, wall tiles or a backsplash for your shower? You cannot buy wall tiles for a floor because wall tiles are thin and unable to cope with heavy foot traffic. Do you want to tile every wall the same or would you like a feature wall? When you have identified the area that needs to be tiled, get out the measuring tape and measure the dimensions of the floor and walls.

Express the measurements in square feet. Knowing these measurements will enable you to seek quotes when you go tile shopping.

2. Size

Do you want large, small or mosaic tiles? Large tiles are easier to fit and work well in small spaces. When you are visualising your tiles remember to visualise the grout lines too – the smaller the tile, the more grout lines there will be.

3. Layout

Tiles can be fitted in different layouts to create different effects – are you aware of the various tile layouts that exist? Apart from the basic tile layout (simply laying tiles next to each other in an ordered line), tiles can also be laid in the following patterns: Offset, Diagonal, Checkerboard, Pinwheel, Basket-weave, Modular and Herringbone. Carry out a Google Images Search to see which layout you like the best.

4. Material
Tiles are manufactured in a range of materials, each to suit a different budget. When you are browsing different materials, think about which is best for grip on a wet floor, which is easiest to clean and which is the most hard-wearing.

  • Ceramic: Made from clay, these tiles tend to be the cheapest and most widely available. They are easy to clean and come in a huge range of sizes and colours.
  •  Stone: Stone tiles are both the most luxurious and the most natural-looking tiles. They are not the most practical option for bathrooms unless they need to be sealed in to make them water resistant. Masonry tiles can be made from different types of stone including granite, slate and marble.
  • Porcelain: Porcelain tiles are extremely durable due to their resistance to moisture and wear. They are also easy to clean.
  • Glass: Glass tiles are great for diffusing light and they are exceptionally easy to clean. They are water-resistant but they are not as hardwearing as other materials.bano-contemporaneo

 
5. Colour

The colour you choose for your bathroom tiles is completely up to you and should satisfy your own personal taste. If you are at a loss as to what colour to choose, consider creating a mood board with a colour palette that appeals to you. What colour towels and decor would you like to have and how will they tie in with your tiles? Earth tones and blues tend to create a calming mood. Dark colours can make a space look smaller. Bold colours and patterns could be used on a feature wall. If you want to choose a practical colour, avoid colours that show up soap scum and dirt, e.g. bright white.

6. Grout

Don’t forget to put an equal amount of thought into the colour of your grout. Grout comes in a range of colours ranging from dark to light – some accentuate the tiles whereas others create a more streamlined effect.

This article was written by Jenna Crotty who recommends www.bathroomsandtiles.com for bathroom tiles and bathroom suites.

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