Bathroom design: how to choose your tiles?

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. Indeed, it is important to make it presentable and pleasant. The trick to follow is to choose your tiles carefully.

Tiles for the walls

The tiles on the walls of a bathroom are part of its decoration. Indeed, it is important to choose them well by posing the following criteria:

  • Their type and aesthetics their resistance
  • The quality of the material from which they are made.

One of the most common models is porcelain stoneware, which is known for its solidity. It has several variations in terms of colour and shape. For example, it can be smooth or smooth, glazed or unglazed. It can even take on the colour of wood. It is easy to maintain and comes in various sizes. The mosaic is also very popular, especially among those who love originality. It is made from glass paste and is laid with nylon mesh. This type of tile makes it possible to play with shades and patterns. However, as it degrades, it becomes difficult to clean.
Timeless earthenware tiles are also the trendy choice of the moment. For several years now, it has been seducing interior decorators thanks to its evolutionary design. In addition, it is available in various colours. In terms of strength, earthenware tiles are more sensitive than other tiles, as they are made of terracotta. The slightest violent shock can easily break it.

In order to choose the right covering for the wall of this room, it is important to take into account your tastes. Those with a penchant for retro style can opt for porcelain stoneware. They simply have to match it with antique furniture to achieve the desired effect. Those who prefer a relaxed, Zen atmosphere can opt for tiles in natural colours or cement colours. For a more contemporary or pop wall, it is best to opt for brightly coloured tiles and combine them with porcelain stoneware. The last criterion to be considered when choosing wall coverings is their resistance. They must be strong enough to withstand humidity and the effects of chemical agents present in detergents.

Floor tiles

As far as the floor is concerned, the choice of tiles depends on several elements. They must be resistant enough not to degrade when in contact with detergents. It is also important that they have a rough surface to prevent slipping. For this, anti-slip tiles should be requested at the time of purchase. Smooth models can be dangerous when the floor is wet. In all cases, high-density tiles are the best option to ensure a longer life. In general, porcelain stoneware is the most practical for a powder room. Its impermeability allows it to remain in good condition despite the presence of humidity. Moreover, it is easy to maintain, which is not the case with other materials, especially natural stone. To avoid disappointment, it is best to opt for the most expensive tiles if your budget allows it.

As far as colour is concerned, for a contemporary bathroom, you should choose the lightest one. There are, for example, white or grey. If the walls are already brightly coloured, the floor should be darker to soothe the atmosphere. The marine type can also be suitable for this room. The navy blue or purple type is preferable. For a country style, tiles that imitate parquet are ideal. Finally, for bathrooms with daring colours, mosaic tiles should be used. Be careful, the choice of floor tiles should not be made at random, it must match the wall. This advice concerns bathrooms in general, but there are other points not to be neglected if they are small.

Tiling for small bathrooms

In general, when a room is small, the decorator’s first reflex is to enlarge it. This is important to improve its comfort and practicality. As far as the walls are concerned, it is best to use tiles with geometrical shapes such as squares or rectangles. It is also preferable to use size XL, which enlarges the tiled space. The ideal dimensions vary between 40 cm x 40 cm and 60 cm x 60 cm for the square format. For rectangles, they are 30 cm x 60 cm. As far as colour is concerned, white is the most suitable because of its neutrality, uniformity and clarity. Cream and pastel are also suitable for a mini bathroom. Wall tiles that are too bright or too dark may reduce its surface area. On the other hand, they give it a chic touch when laid on the floor.

Wanting to increase the volume of the bathroom is not enough to make it pleasant to use. It is also necessary to think about the base material of the tiles. For the floor, it is necessary to favour porcelain stoneware which is resistant since it contains quartz, silica and feldspar. Earthenware is more suitable for use on walls since it is fragile. Natural stone (marble, slate, granite) is an alternative to these two types of tiles. It can be expensive, but it gives the bathroom an elegant look. Recently, cement tiles are also beginning to win hearts. It has many aesthetic advantages, since it can be a complete decoration in itself. In addition, it is solid and can withstand various incidents. With good maintenance, it can remain in good condition for more than 10 years. Indeed, it must be regularly coated with a special wax. In any case, it is a tile of first choice. Its price is one of its disadvantages since it is the most expensive model on the market.

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