In the list of tasks to do to renovate your bathroom, the most pleasant, the one you probably reserve for yourself last is the choice of tiling. He is the one who sets the tone for the whole and it is often him that we notice first. Of course, when it comes to choosing, you might panic a little, as the choice is so vast. What will you choose? Light or dark, shiny or matt, small or large squares? And after all, should you really opt for a square shape? Hexagonal, that would be original… There you go, pleasure can quickly become a source of stress. So here are some tips that will give you the best of choices, without the embarrassment!
What is the highlight of your bathroom?
What do you think will be the first thing that catches your eye when you walk into your bathroom? Is it the shower stall, is it the tub? Is it an old piece of furniture that you are going to reinvent as a bathroom furniture? Start by deciding what your highlight is, the one you want to emphasize. And make it your starting point when choosing your tile. If it’s the shower, consider a tile that will dress it up. If it’s the tub, imagine what the wall tile might be around. If it’s an old piece of furniture, see how you could dress its surroundings with tiles.
Then choose a tile that stands out
The easiest way is to select a tile that you really like. Do you fall for a very particular pattern, a daring color, a specific shape? Go for it! And decide where you want to place it: on the floor or on the walls? Think of this tile as your main tile. Which means that you can fall for another tiling that will come as a covering to raise the whole.
And consider a second tile to complete the first
Once you have chosen your main tile, choose a second one that will add original touches here and there. You can also do the reverse: flash on a tile so daring in the first place, that you will choose a second tile more neutral then. The idea is to have one which is a little “stronger” than the other and which acts as a punctuation mark in your room. Obviously, the whole must remain harmonious and coherent.
What tiles for your bathroom floor?
The idea being to create consistency, if you have already chosen wall tiles, consider floor tiles as a complementary product. If you have opted for something fairly neutral for the walls, play the “wow” effect for the floor and select an original tile, for example patterned. Have you thought about wood effect tiles? Yes, yes, it exists. Some tiles offer a rendering similar to real wood. Enough to create a perfect Scandinavian bathroom!
What bathroom atmosphere?
The choice of your tiling can be done from a desired atmosphere: a bohemian bathroom with patterned tiling. A pop bathroom will be composed of flashy colors for a vibrant space. A natural bathroom will be rather zen and will offer tones of browns, beige and imitation concrete and raw wood tiles.
Adapt the size of the tiles to the size of the room
Generally speaking, if your room size is small – as many bathrooms are, avoid using large format tile tiles. Choose tiles that will match the size of your room, so medium-sized tiles for a medium-sized bathroom or mosaic-sized tiles for a very small area.
Arrange your tile creatively
Laying tiles is a bit of fun making a giant puzzle. As long as your tiles are not exactly identical, you can have fun with their arrangement. Forget the boring, give way to creativity! Add a little something to the ensemble by opting for an original layout. Here again, the Internet is the source of many ideas. The research is yours!
Play with texture
Do you want a little spa side? You could see your bathroom with a stone floor but do not have the financial means? There are tiles with effects of stone, travertine, marble …
Enough to give a finish that is both relaxing and natural to your floor.
Think about ease of use
Keep in mind that if you are using tile over a shower floor, you will want something that is both comfortable under your bare feet but has enough grip that you don’t slip.
You can use very small tiles, or even mosaic tiles, because the joint lines are multiplied and allow increased resistance.
Consider the practicality
There is no doubt that a smooth tile will always be easier to clean than a textured tile. In addition, water may have a greater tendency to settle on heavily embossed or textured tiles (with slight relief). Ask yourself if you are ready to make a choice of a little more original tiling but which will have more maintenance constraints.