What to think about when tiling a bathroom
Tiling is a great way to bring a new life to your bathroom and add value to the property. However, as easy as it may sound, the project entails careful planning if you want it to be successful. From the bathroom’s layout to the tiles’ colour and design, each decision is equally important as the other.
If you’re planning to re-tile your bathroom soon, here are some things you might want to start thinking about now.
Colour & Design
This has to be the most fun part: envisioning what your new bathroom will look like. The first thing to think about when tiling a bathroom is the kind of tiles to buy. What colour should you get? What design? Solid colored or printed?
If you have a small bathroom, white or other light-coloured tiles will add the illusion of space to the cramped room. In terms of design, you can cover your bathroom with tiles with the same color, or make a pattern using up to three different designs with a similar colour.
Make sure not to use more than three designs or three colours because it will look distracting and cluttered. If you want a bathroom with a neutral or timeless appearance, then stick to a single colour or design.
Another consideration is the layout of the tiles. The layout will greatly affect what your bathroom will look like. Spacious bathrooms can go for a straight lay, which is very easy to do. However, it’s not ideal if you have a narrow bathroom — the straight grout lines will only make it narrower. In which case, a better layout will be the running bond, the most popular layout for bathrooms.
So, if your bathroom doesn’t have much space, then you may want to consider a diagonal layout. This will make the room appear larger, particularly if you’re buying square tiles.
Size & Upkeep
Two more things to think about when tiling a bathroom are the tile size and upkeep. These usually go hand and hand as the size of the tiles will directly affect the room’s appearance but also the difficulty in cleaning it. Installing large tiles look neat and have fewer grout lines, which make them easier to maintain.
On the other hand, small tiles take more time to install and more effort to clean, but they are stronger and less prone to cracking, unlike bigger tiles.
If you are seriously considering the upkeep, it will be best to buy porcelain or ceramic tiles, which require less maintenance. Refrain from installing natural stone tiles as they are porous and much harder to clean.
This material is important when tiling a bathroom because it fills the gap between the tiles. However, the presence of many grout lines is not particularly appealing to the eye. That’s why some homeowners go for large tiles. But if you prefer smaller tiles or even mosaics, pick the grout colour that will blend in effortlessly with the tiles. This will help retain the nice appearance of the tiles without the distraction of many noticeable grout lines.
When choosing the tiles, you might also want to consider the existing trends in bathroom design. Some of them are the light-coloured subway tiles, shaped or textured tiles, hexagon tiles, and matte tiles. Get some inspiration from different home design websites and blogs to help you choose the best ones for your bathroom and how to layout them out for the most desirable results.
Perhaps, the most important thing to think about when tiling a bathroom is the overall cost of the project. The prices of the materials to be used will greatly affect this project cost, so you need to seriously consider them. In particular, pay attention to the price of the tiles.
The price depends on the type of tiles. Stone, porcelain, stone-bodied, and glass tiles are all expensive compared to vinyl and ceramic tiles, which are the cheapest you can buy in the market. The more costly type of tiles are also more durable and will last for a long time, which you definitely want.
However, they will no doubt cause you to go overboard on your budget. So, make sure to think it thoroughly before deciding which type of tiles to buy.
Bathroom Renovations with Renovare
With these things in mind, tiling a bathroom will be much easier. And if you want to achieve optimum results on your bathroom renovations, it’s best to leave it up to professionals like Renovare. We are experts in tiling and other bathroom improvement projects, and our professional builders have many years of experience in helping Queensland households with their renovations.