10 Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Tiles for Your Bathroom 10 Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Tiles for Your Bathroom
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10 Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Tiles for Your Bathroom

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Your bathroom tiles are the foundation of any good renovation, and they need to be planned carefully to make sure you really get the most out of the room.

Ties can help to frame various features in the bathroom as well as accentuate the light, so we’ve put together our ten top tips make sure that you get your bathroom tiling just perfect!

Pick one tile as a focal point

The best way to go about choosing your tiles is to choose the one tile which you absolutely must have, and build the rest around it. 

Whether there’s a certain colour that you absolutely love, or maybe you know you want to keep things simple and white, make this choice early on in the process.

Then, try to stick to no more than three styles

We’ve all heard the saying “Too many cooks spoil the broth” and it rings true when it comes to tiling.

Generally speaking, you’ll want to opt for a main wall tile, one for the bath/shower area and an accent tile, and while we believe this is the best way to keep things from being overbearing, it is by no means a strict guideline, so think outside the box if you think it’ll work for your bathroom!

Consider the maintenance

Cleaning tiles isn’t fun, and this is something worth bearing in mind. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are relatively maintenance free, whereas those made from natural stone are more porous, and are therefore going to hold more dirt and grime. 

If you do wish to go for natural stone tiles, consider having them sealed, or perhaps use them for your flooring, or in a drier area where they won’t need to be cleaned as often.

Keep things restrained

Once you start browsing our tiles, you’ll probably find yourself suddenly struck with inspiration, wanting to try as many of them out as possible! 

And while it’s great to include some flashier tiles to give your bathroom some personality, it’s also a good idea to hold back a little bit. 

We’d recommend that you choose one area of the room, which you set aside as your ‘statement’ area, whether it be the back wall of the shower or just a simple trim around the top of the wall.

This means that all focus will be drawn to that one area, and your guests won’t be overwhelmed with all of the bright colours and patterns!

Consider bigger tiles

Larger tiles are definitely in fashion at the moment, so consider upping the scale a little. 

This is especially true when it comes to your floor tiling, and one good idea is to use the same tile cut for your walls, but in a slightly smaller size.

For more tile and bathroom trends, check out this article from Forbes.

Go smaller for curves

If your bathroom contains any curves (for example in your shower cubicle), you’ll probably need to opt for much smaller tiles.

If possible, get your tiles sorted before the curved walls are built, so that the angle of the curves and natural arcs can be worked out.

Avoid large, clear glass tiles

If you’re considering using glass tiles in your bathroom, we would recommend using smaller and coloured glass rather than larger clear ones. 

Clear glass can often show moisture which gets trapped behind it, and it only takes a couple of uses for your beautiful tiling to be ruined.

Lean toward lighter colours

While darker colours can make the room feel a little bit more cosy, it’s usually best to opt for lighter colours such as white to make the room feel bigger and brighter than it actually is.

Make sure to plan ahead

It’s always best to end up with more tiles than you need than less, so we would recommend buying 5-10% more than you think you’re going to need. 

This means that you can compensate for any cuts or breakages and that you will have tiles from the exact same batch to replace them with.

Blend in with your grout lines

Make sure that you choose a tile grout which is a similar colour to that of your tiles so that everything blends in together.


For more tile related tips and guides, make sure to keep checking the blog here at Tile Yard Sale or take a moment to view our range of discount tiles!

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