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Choosing A Bathroom Tile

The bathroom is the most commonly tiled room in most homes. This is largely because of the hygienic and waterproof solutions tiles can offer when compared to wallpaper, carpets and most paints. Tiles can also add potential value to a bathroom and offer some unique finishes which other materials cannot match..

Bathrooms need to be a hygienic places, which makes tiles ideal. Tiles often give a fresh appearance, and they are very easy to clean by just wiping down which is why hygiene is one of the  first things that come to mind when thinking about tiling a bathroom.

Tiles are also waterproof, provided the right grout and adhesive are used on them, which is of course essential for any bathroom. Most paints - and of course wallpaper - cannot say as much.

Choosing Tile Size

While it is true that if you use large bathroom tiles in a small bathroom (say, a typical 30cm by 60cm sized tile) this can end up dwarfing the room and making it look cramped, if you are able to put up the majority of the tiles without any cuts then you can get a very impressive end result.
Although small tiles (say 10cm square) can look good in smaller bathrooms, having lots of grout lines can sometimes give a slightly messy effect if not done very well. As a result, most people choose medium sized tiles of around 40cm by 20cm, regardless of the size of the bathroom.

You should also take note of the spacing between your sink, toilet and bath. If the spacing is very compact, small tiles may be a better option for you as they will ‘flow’ better than larger tiles would in the same space.

Enlarging Your Bathroom Using Tiles

Light coloured bathroom tiles, such as white/cream or light pastel colours, can make small bathrooms look bigger as they reflect the light more than darker which gives the room an airy and spacious feel. You can enhance this effect further by using the same colour wall and floor tiles, and even use a similar coloured grout.

Note that while floor tiles may feel cool on bare feet, their temperature does depend on the underlying surface. For example, tiling onto wood (which can ‘breathe’) will create a warmer feel than onto concrete. 

Another option is undertile heating, a modern solution to warming floors and often entire rooms. There are many benefits to undertile heating such as giving you more wall space, as there is no need for radiators. Undertile heating is also very efficient, giving low running costs when compared to equivalent heating with a radiator or more conventional heating source.

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