Sharon Banks Tile Ideas August 15th, 2018 - 23:47:08
Bathrooms today are not limited in their tile choices to plain white, square, glazed ceramic tiles as they used to be. Today, there are literally thousands of different styles and sizes of bathroom tile ideas and choices. Ceramic is not the only material, either. Tiles are now readily available in travertine, sandstone, or marble just to name a few.
Another important aspect of tiling small bathrooms is tiling the shower or bath area differently. The tiles in the shower area should match the tiles in the rest of the bathroom. The tiles in the shower area can be of a different color or pattern from that of the rest of the bathroom. Otherwise you can use the same tiles but lay them out in a different arrangement. The idea is to demarcate the bath area without being too obvious.
A truly designer space can be achieved when tiling a bathroom, with relatively inexpensive tiles by using a large format white tile with a matching sized colour tile used as a contrast horizontally or vertically. White tiles can look a little clinical when used exclusively to tile a bathroom, consider using a striking contrast floor tile that matches some other fittings.
People that have bathroom tiles ideas may consider mosaics as their tile choice as they have a timeless quality and suit almost any available space. They are available in glass type finishes, porcelain, natural stone and in various sizes. Because of the nature of mosaic, care will need to be taken when fixing them to avoid adhesive squeezing up through the joints and achieving contact with the adhesive of every piece of tile is quite difficult if inexperienced. Remember if using mosaics in a wet area that has no tanking system installed, that there is a higher potential for water to ingress into a water sensitive substrate and cause a potential failure.
If you decide to go in for plain white or off-white colored tiles for your bathroom wall, you can liven up the ensemble by including dark colored tiles like red, blue or green ones in the middle. It need not follow a certain pattern. Just include the colored tiles at random positions. This will add a dash of color to your bathroom. Another idea is to incorporate tiles with paintings or prints in between plain white ones. For instance a few tiles with pretty floral prints in between pale pink or white tiles give a delicate, feminine touch to the bathroom. You can also choose to incorporate a single large tile with a painting or design in the middle and surround it with plain colored tiles.
Natural stone tiles provide a beautiful timeless finish to your bathroom and are available in several different guises which provide differing characteristics and wearing grades. You must understand that natural stone will vary across a batch and will need a cleaning regimen that includes sealing occasionally to keep them in great condition. They can be used on walls and floors, but there are some quirks inherent with stone that will need to be aware of in regards to fixing them as they have higher requirements than the standard ceramic or porcelain tile types.