Get it right when choosing tiles for the bathroom and you’ll be left with an investment you’re not only proud of, but that can actually increase the value of your property as a whole.
It’s all-too common for homeowners to think of bathroom tiling as little more than an additional ‘lick of paint’ for the room, having overlooked the important role they play in the room as a whole.
So in order to make sure the final result is one that is practical, functional and ideally as beautiful as can be, here’s a quick overview of a few key tips for choosing the best tiles for your bathroom:
1 – Be Aware of Backings.
First and foremost, before going ahead with any DIY tiling job you need to be aware of the walls or floor upon which the tiles will be mounted. The reason being that while most bathroom walls are designed to be waterproof, materials like plasterboard and untreated timber are too absorbent and must be water-proofed before the tiles can be fitted. If in doubt, seek the advice of a professional.
2 – Underfloor Heating.
Prior to going ahead with a new floor-tiling project, it’s worth considering the addition of underfloor heating. Not only is the installation process vastly cheaper and simpler than most would expect, but it’s also one of the most desirable new-generation bathroom trends and can work wonders for property values. Again, ask a professional for advice on underfloor heating options before going ahead with a refit.
3 – Grip Underfoot.
There are two types of tiles on the market for flooring purposes right now – those that are designed to be anti-slip and those that are quite to the contrary. Suffice to say, when it comes to creating a bathroom that’s both attractive and safe, it’s of crucial importance to steer rather clear of the latter. Don’t ever fall into the assumption that all tiles are inherently anti-slip, as to make an uniformed decision can lead to a bathroom becoming nothing short of a health hazard.
4 – Quality Counts.
As mentioned above, tiling a bathroom counts for so much more than just throwing on a lick of paint – it’s an investment that could hold its value for decades. This will of course come largely down to the quality of products you choose in the first place however, so when weighing up the cost of the project try and think of it as more of a long-term investment than a short-term decorative touch.
5 – Subtle Features.
If looking to create a largely simple overall finish in white, cream, black or any other solid colour, consider adding a contrasting colour in a small area to create a wholly unique finish. Randomly interspersing white tiles with black for example can look incredible, as too can adding a small and colourful mosaic.
6 – Size Matters.
Last but not least, think carefully about how intricate the tiling job itself is likely to be before choosing the appropriate tile size for the bathroom. If, for example, you have huge and unrestricted walls to decorate, larger-sized tiles can make the job much easier and the result quite brilliant. By contrast, if each open area of the wall is much smaller and perhaps made more complicated with fixtures, fittings, plug sockets, towel rails and so on, smaller tiles would be much easier to work with and produce a more impressive end result.