Tips & Trends: Selecting The Most Beautiful Bathroom Tiles

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As designers we certainly have our favourite tiles which we love to specify! With this in mind, every home we design is different and special consideration is taken to determine the best suited tile for each individual space. Below we’ve listed our key considerations when it comes to choosing new tiles.

We understand that choosing tiles can be a daunting and often overwhelming task – as there are thousands of wall and floor tiles to choose from on the market.  We recommend starting with your colour palette, for example neutrals, colours or a more masculine hue. This will then inform the type of material used and the format of your tiles.

Style -  Do you have a traditional or period style home? We recommend using smaller size tiles with traditional palettes or neutral tones – for example: a 300x300mm format floor tile with either a smaller wall tile or the same size as the floor tile. Bespoke Tiles have a beautiful range of traditional 200×200 cement tiles. A subway tile, which are generally a glazed tile, traditionally in a 150x80mm format and are normally laid in a stretcher bond pattern is a classic alternative. Bespoke Tiles have a range of handmade subway tiles in a gloss finish, which look beautiful as a splashback or wall tile. Smaller format tiles, such as 20x20mm glass mosaics look good in both traditional and contemporary style bathrooms but always be mindful that the larger the floor tile, the larger the space will appear and feel.

For traditional, period homes, a great cost saving trick to eliminate the quantity of tiles used, is to finish the tile set out at the top of your window & door architrave.  Not only does it save on your costs, but it will also emphasise the beautiful high ceilings in your home.

For more contemporary style homes we recommend using both larger format floor & wall tiles, for example: 600x600mm or 300x600mm tiles are generally always a safe choice. It is important to consider the proportions and size of the space to be tiled when deciding between a square or rectangular tile format. When using a 300x600m tile, it is important to carefully consider the tile set-out in relation to the direction the tiles will run in and consequently continue up the wall. This set-out direction will guide the eye when entering the room.  We have always loved Mosa Tiles and their Maestricht Collection or Greys Collection are perfect for both contemporary and minimalist bathroom interiors. We also love the porcelain tiles in the Cotto D’este range from Signorino Tiles.

Material - Considering the material which is appropriate for your space is also an important decision. Remember there may be more than one!  There are many different materials available including: cement, ceramic, porcelain, glass, and a range of different types of natural stone, just to name a few! Your budget, maintenance and the look & feel of your home will impact heavily on your choice.

Sourcing Tiles - Where the tiles are made and sourced from impacts heavily on the cost, with handmade tiles and some natural stones generally being the most expensive. We love using natural stone tiles and regularly specify from CDK Stone. Their Carrara Marble, Travertine & Mercury Basalt are amongst our top picks. We love the natural appearance of stone, which will age beautifully over time.

Grout Colour - The last crucial point to consider when making your tile selection is the grout colour. This is often overlooked until construction – remember to match your tiles to a grout colour which is most suited to the colour tones of your tiles.

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