06 May Bathroom Tile Tips
Retiling your bathroom can pack a big visual punch! But there are several considerations you should think about before you get started. First things first: look around your current bathrooms.
Is there anything that you love (or hate) about your current tile’s form and function? Take grout, for example. This can be a massive headache for some people to clean, so you may want to forego it entirely with your retiling project. Here are some other tips to keep in mind about bathroom tile!
Light Colors Reign Supreme
There’s a reason why so many interior designers insist on using light colors with building materials. They can help the room look bigger, which is an excellent trick if you’re dealing with a small bathroom or powder room. Steer clear of grout colors that are too dark when you’re using light tile like white subway tile, for instance.
Look At Larger Tiles
Depending on your project, you may be interested in putting a tiled bench in your shower. For projects like these, larger tiles will lend to a much more comfortable place to sit. You can also use a slab for something like this, but keep in mind that slabs can be slippery, so you will want to take the proper precautions.
Add Visual Appeal with Diagonal Tiles
Many people don’t realize it, but laying your tiles in a diagonal pattern can help your space feel bigger. It’s purely psychological but think about it. Square tile layouts give our brains a pretty easy visual in gauging the room’s size. But diagonal tiles don’t allow for this, so this trick works well in tiny spaces, making them feel larger and more open.
Mosaic Tile Considerations
Mosaic tiles are a common choice for bathroom backsplashes, but they can become overwhelming because of the grid-like feel. One way to combat this is to use a grout color-tinted to match the mosaic tile. Experts also recommend looking for a mosaic tile with at least 95% contact from the tile to the backer board. Otherwise, the tile can slip down the wall when you’re installing it.
Go With a Single Tile Accent
It’s easy to get carried away with tile because there are so many choices, but going overboard with too many different colors or patterns can quickly become gaudy. Consider a single tile accent project, which will help give your bathroom a more timeless look. This might be tiling the shampoo niche in your shower differently or installing a vertical or horizontal tile band to create visual appeal. Just keep it simple by selecting one design or color to work with.
How Much Upkeep Are You Up For?
Before you get started, ask yourself how much upkeep you are up for. Tiles made from natural stone are more porous, and thus, require much more maintenance. If this doesn’t appeal to you, look for porcelain or ceramic tile, which is much easier to care for.
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