A practical guide to bathroom tiles

Friday 24 July 2015, Written by Sarah Cole Tags: Bathroom

Tiles can be one of the most transformative aspects of any bathroom design and integral to the overall success of a particular theme. Whether you’re after an eclectic boho look, a sleek, minimalist haven or a grand, traditional space, tiles can make your style work.

Pinning down your style

Before you start the exciting task of selecting your ideal tiles it's best to have a think about what type of look you gravitate towards. Pinterest is great for this - simply create a board, start pinning whatever catches your eye and then look for emerging themes, whether they are particular colours, finishes or patterns. This can be really helpful in focussing your ideas towards creating a cohesive scheme. Here's one we pinned earlier to get you started:

Follow Original Style's board Bathroom style ideas on Pinterest.

Practically perfect

One of the most important pieces of advice we can give is to be practical about your tile choices - natural stonerequires some maintenance in the form of resealing and light colours such as white marble can stain. Mosaicslook beautiful but unavoidably introduce more grout and will need more frequent cleaning. Glass mirror tiles can add glamour but may show up smudges. There are lots of things to consider and it's a good idea to do this in the planning stages - but do remember that it's possible to have just about any tile so don't rule anything out if you truly love it.

Ceramic and porcelain are incredibly popular choices because they are hard wearing, won't stain and are available in formats to suit all budgets and styles. From luxurious screen printed tiles from the Odyssey range, to subtle textures, stone and wood effect and beautiful basics, there's plenty of choice.

Lookalike tiles, such as stone or wood effect are an excellent choice in bathrooms. Vast improvements in technology mean they are now incredibly realistic and often difficult to distinguish from the real thing. Some genuine woods will warp in a moisture-rich area like a bathroom, whilst wood effect tiles will continue to look beautiful year after year and are suitable for use with underfloor heating.

Now that's the practical side out of the way, why not head over to our Inspiration pages for ideas for your bathroom walls and floors in all styles? From traditional to modern to exotic, we've got it covered.

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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