Tips for Selecting Bathroom Tile

Tips for Selecting Bathroom Tile

Saturday, May 7, 2022 Bathroom tiling

5 Helpful Tips for Selecting the Right Tile for your Bathroom.

Taking on a bathroom tile installation can be very exciting. This is one room in our homes that can become very dated after a period of time. Removing the old tile and installing new tile is a very effective way to modernize that space. The tile options that are available today are stunning. You are sure to find a few that will really appeal to your taste. But choosing the right ones can be challenging. We wanted to offer a few tips on how to make your choices easier.

1. Pick your focal tile first.

For a bathroom renovation, you often start by choosing one tile that will serve as the starting point for your design. You may choose this because it is a special or unique accent tile, or sometimes people prefer to start off with some white subway tiles. This is kind of creating a canvas for your bathroom.

2. Limit yourself to 3 different tile choices.

If you're looking for a cohesive look, it's important to start with your focal tile and work outwards from there. For instance, if I want my design to have lots of earthy tones (must-have), then all the other tiles will most likely be warm grays or browns that come close in color value but are different enough to compliment each other. Keeping your choices to no more than 3 will keep the space cohesive.

The floor, walls (including tub/shower enclosure) and accent tile are typically the three parts of a bathroom that you’ll design. However, don’t be afraid to try something new! Combine all or some of these elements in unusual ways for an interesting aesthetic appeal.

Style choices, like what tiles you choose for your floors, which ones go on any given wall (or even if they should), and how it is finished off by picking out just one focal point will make this space special enough to show off to friends and family.

3. Stick to one show stopper

A bathroom is the perfect place to show off your personality and take a risk with fun colors or patterns on tiles. If you are going for it, keep to only one of these bold designs as the centerpiece; this will make your look timeless and really create that wow factor that you're trying to achieve. And the feature tile will not have to compete with other tiles!

Keep in mind that feature tile tends to be on the expensive side. But you don’t have to fret over that! If you use the more basic tile (like a canvas), you can incorporate as much or as little as you need, or can afford, on the more costly feature tile. This is actually a great way to draw focus to these tiles, without overdoing it.

4. Think about the Maintenance of the Tile you select.

Porcelain and ceramic tiles are easy to maintain, but natural stone requires a little more upkeep. When you're working with wet surfaces like showers or bathrooms, porcelain is your best bet for durability in these areas because it's virtually maintenance-free! But if you want the beauty of natural stones without all that hassle, go ahead and seal them first so they hold on less grime.

When choosing tile for very wet areas such as shower walls or bathroom floors - which tend to be porous due to their water exposure - make sure that whatever type of material you choose will work well under those circumstances... Porcelain tiles can help ensure this since they won't lose any color over time (unless exposed to bleach).

Remember bathrooms can get slippery at times. Avoid installing any tiling on the floor that would be deemed as a slipping hazard when wet.

5. Consider Scale

For a chic and classic look, large-scale tiles are on the rise in bathrooms. But you can also cut these larger tiles into smaller sizes to keep color or texture continuity in the room. Obviously, you can’t do the same thing with smaller tile. So, effectively, you can get multiple size tiles from the larger ones. Tile cutters can be used for this and can be rented at most home improvement centres.

We hope that some of our insight may be useful to you. And if you have any questions about tile choices, we would be open to discussing them with you.

Remember Tile Installation Edmonton has completed many bathroom tile installations and have the expertise to get it done right! Call us or email us to discuss your tiling project!

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