Whatever your bathroom project, whether it’s a new build, an extension or a refurbishment, the size of tiles you choose really shouldn’t be determined by bathroom size! Whilst there are lots of differing opinions on the subject, small spaces including bathrooms can actually really benefit from larger tiles.
60 x 60 and 30 x 60 tiles or similar sizes for walls and floors are incredibly popular choices and can look stunning.
And of course even smaller tiles can make a stunning feature however, taking the step up to the next size tile and considering for example a 900 x 900 or 1200 x 1200 tile for the floor and a 60 x 120 tile for the wall is definitely worth thinking about.
Contrary to popular believe that small room equals small tiles there is a good reason large tiles give a feeling of space. That’s because there are fewer grout lines – lots of grout lines means there is lots going on and that can give a feeling of clutter and make walls and floors look really busy.
It is true that for a really small bathroom designing with a 90 x 90 tile for the floor may mean you only have a few tiles on the floor, but the beauty is your floor is virtually all tile and not grout! Planning how the tiles will work in the space is key so speak with your tiler to agree where grout lines will appear.
Increasing tiles size means that for example in an area of 2.4 high x 1.2 wide in a 60 x 120 tile you need just 4 stacked tiles with just 3 minimal grout lines or even a 120 x 120 tile reducing that to just 2 and one single grout line in the centre. Or with a Porcelain Slab just one tile and no grout.
As well as size, there is no doubt that lighter tiles will make a room feel more airy and bright, especially if you don’t have a huge amount of natural light in the room. So opting for a larger tile you might feel it needs to be lighter in colour but that doesn’t mean steering completely away from darker colours – lighting can play a huge part in bringing a small room to life with light bouncing off the surface.
For longevity it has to be a Porcelain tile every time. They just last and last and need no maintenance as no sealing required. Choosing rectified Porcelain tiles i.e tiles with perfectly straight edges, means the amount of grout between tiles is at an absolute minimum of 2 or 3mm which also add to a feeling of continuity and help to make small spaces feel less cluttered. It also means areas are so much easier to keep clean.
It is definitely worth seeing if you can borrow a large format tile from your tile supplier to take home before you buy – not only does it help to see the colour in your home and in your light but it also helps you see how the tile size might work.
And you may be able to get a layout or design done so you can see a visual of how your bathroom might look with your chosen tiles!
TileHaus specialise in the supply of exquisite Porcelain floor and wall tiles. Our showroom, based in Northamptonshire, houses our entire tile collection to view and we offer a fast turnaround sample service via our website. We specialize in large format Porcelain tiles, Porcelain tiles for inside and outside and Porcelain slabs. The TileHaus Team are available to chat to for any advice! We’d love to help with your project! www.tilehaus.co.uk