Choosing tiles for a small bathroom

When it comes to tiling your bathroom size really does matter! Choose your tiles wisely and you could help your bathroom to look larger and more airy.

Choosing tiles for a small bathroom

Design dilemma:

I am in the process of redecorating my bathroom and intend to tile the whole room. The bathroom is quite small and I have been told the size of the tiles could determine whether the bathroom looks small or large. Could you please advise which size tiles you would recommend for a small bathroom?

Design solution:

When designing small bathrooms there are a number of key tiling considerations that need to be taken into account, primarily the size and colour of the tiles.

Tiles come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, ranging from the standard 100 x 100mm up to very large field tile formats. While it's not wise to use very large tiles in a small space (they might dwarf the room), a medium-format tile could give a sleeker look than smaller tiles, which inevitably show more grout lines.

However, it's important to look at the positioning of the fixtures and fittings before deciding on a tile format. If the bath, toilet and sink are all in close proximity with little wall area in between, smaller tiles would create a better flow. Light-coloured tiles will always make a small space appear larger. White or cream are a good option as they give a light, clean and airy feel. If plain white is too bland for your taste, try adding interest with tiles that have an unusual surface texture or introduce a subtle border for a bit of colour. You can always add colour in the form of towels and accessories later.

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