Trying to decide what tile is right for your bathroom? These principles of bathroom tile selection will help make the job a lot easier.
As a general rule it’s safe to say that light colors make a space feel bigger, but nowhere is this more true than in a bathroom. Bathrooms tend to be small, and sometimes they’re without windows, so it’s up to the decor and lighting to make the space feel open and airy. When picking your bathroom tile colors keep this in mind.
When it comes to choosing bathroom tile it’s best to remember the rule of threes. As soon as you start to incorporate more you create visual clutter. So consider one main tile for the walls, one for the floors, and another as an accent or feature.
You may only want to use one tile throughout, and that’s fine. But if you want to use more than one tile choose your favorite first and then determine where you want it to go and how much of it you can afford. Since some types of tile can be very pricey you may have to design strategically in order to make it work. For example, a high-end tile could go up the wall behind the sink to become a feature or it could simply be used for a niche in a shower wall.
Large scale tiles are very trendy right now, and they’re ideal for walls and shower benches (large slabs feel nicer to sit on than itty bitty tiles). But unless you have a slip resistant material, it’s better to use small scale tiles for the shower floor as they can help to reduce slip and fall accidents.
Grout is necessary for filling the voids between the tiles and for making the surface stronger by bonding the tiles together. It also helps to keep the edges of individual tiles from chipping. But grout also plays an important design role. Whether you choose light or dark grout can have a big impact. Matching the grout color to tile color accentuates the tile, while contrasting tile and grout calls attention to the pattern. Keep in mind also that light grout requires a lot of maintenance – otherwise it gets dingy and grimy.
The finishing touches can make or break a room and tile profiles play a very important role in finishing a space. But even more than that, they help protect the edges of tiled walls ensuring no chipping or cracking, while eliminating the need for unsightly caulking. If you’re going to the trouble and expense of tiling a bathroom it’s imperative that you finish it off with a profile to suit the space. Schluter profiles come in a wide variety of materials, colors and finishes in order to compliment virtually any bathroom design.
Photos (excluding 2nd from top) courtesy of Skit Inc.
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