How to Choose New Tiles for Your Bathroom
Whether you’re doing a full bathroom remodel or you’re just modernising the current look of your bathroom, choosing the right tiles is a pivotal factor in your bathroom’s appearance. Tiles help to bring everything together and create cohesion between the fixtures, the paintwork and decorative elements of your bathroom. It’s an important decision that needs careful consideration to ensure your new bathroom design lives up to your expectations.
Before you even visit one of the many bathroom showrooms in Melbourne, take some time to sit down with the bathroom builders at Bluchip and talk through your options and different bathroom ideas. With our expertise in terms of both design and functionality, our knowledgeable team will be able to guide you in the right direction. You may have a clear idea of what you want or you might be completely lost, either way, as professionals in bathroom designs, Bluchip will ensure you make the right choice with your new tiles.
Let’s take a look at a few key considerations you need to keep in mind when selecting new tiles for your bathroom renovations.
Choosing a Shape
Bathroom tiles come in a huge variety of shapes and the choice can often be overwhelming. The first thing you need to consider is the placement of the tiles. Are they going to be used on walls, around mirrors, to cover large areas or smaller nooks and crannies of your bathroom?
With the answers to these questions in mind, you will be able to imagine where the tiles are going to be placed, whether they will need to be cut and where and how they are likely to connect. This will help you choose the most ideal tile shape for your bathroom renovation to ensure flow with the existing lines of your space.
When it comes to selecting your tiles, you need to pay special attention to the size. Depending on the space you are working with, a large or a small tile could work better and the choice you make could ultimately make or break the overall aesthetic of your new bathroom. For example, small bathroom designs that utilise large tiles can make the space seem larger.
Another, often overlooked element of tile selection, is proportion. In most bathrooms, you will use different tiles in different areas, for example on the floor, walls, backsplash and vanity counters. Take some time to ensure that they are in proportion to each other so that the grout lines line up well and create a complete, finished look.
Often in a showroom tiles are displayed without grout, but you need to consider what they will look like once they are grouted, which could significantly alter the appearance. Remember too, that grout is a prime place for dust, dirt and mould to lodge in your bathroom, so the more grout you have, the dirtier your bathroom can look and hence the more upkeep may be required.
If you choose very small tiles, there’s a lot more grout that will be on show than with larger tiles. For some homeowners, this can create an interesting aesthetic while others will find it unappealing and busy. It really comes down to your personal preference. If in doubt please discuss with us to ensure that you will be happy with the outcome. We can help you choose appropriate tiles and also to select the right colour grout, which can create a tasteful contrast or complement a more neutral coloured tile.
Colour and Styling
Whether you are looking for a plain, simple tile or something much more elaborate and decorative, there will be a tile to meet your needs. If you are working on a full bathroom renovation, you can certainly design your entire bathroom around that tile of your dreams.
However, if you are remodelling a certain section or doing a smaller bathroom remodel project, you need to consider the other elements of your bathroom to ensure there is flow and cohesion through the space. Be sure to take the lighting in your bathroom into account too, including both natural light and artificial. The lighting can impact the optimal finish and colour choice of your tiles, so it’s important to give this some thought.
If you’re looking for a classic finish that will always be in style, choose a neutral colour that’s easy to accessorise to keep it in style. On the other hand, if you want to be bold and put your own stamp on your new bathroom, go for it! It’s your space, after all, so making it a comfortable space for you, and a bathroom design that you truly love is the most important thing of all.