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Choosing the right tiles for a small bathroom – whether for walls or floors – is really important when trying to make a small space feel bigger and brighter. But where do you start when attempting to find the perfect tile? Bathroom Wall Tile Cape Town

We’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you find the perfect tile size for floors and walls that suit your bathroom and enhance the sense of space.

  • WHAT’S THE BEST SIZE TILE FOR A SMALL BATHROOM? – Despite what you may hear, the tile size should not be determined by the size of the bathroom. In fact, a small bathroom can benefit from a large tile. The walls and floor are less cluttered and the space extended visually with fewer grout lines. Using smaller tiles, such as mosaics, will give you lots of grout lines, which can give the bathroom walls a grid-like appearance that can promote the feeling of being boxed in – making your bathroom feel smaller still.
  • DOES HOW YOU LAYOUT THE TILES MAKE A DIFFERENCE? – A clever trick to use in small bathrooms is to lay your tiles in diagonal patterns, which tricks the eye into seeing the space as bigger than it really is. They are relatively easy to count when you look at ordinary square options but arrange them diagonally and your eyes are drawn to the longest dimensions of the room. This can be done well by popular chevron patterns.
  • WHICH COLOUR TILES TO CHOOSE FOR A SMALL BATHROOM? – It’s a well-known rule that using lighter colours will help a small room look bigger, so apply it as well for a small bathroom to pick the right tile size. For your bathroom tiles, choosing lighter colours like white or cream will help to reflect more light than darker colours would. Another trick for getting the right tiles for a small bathroom is to use glossy, metallic or mother-of-pearl finish tiles, which will enhance the space by reflecting light, giving a sense of grander proportions.
  • PATTERNED OR PLAIN TILES FOR A SMALL BATHROOM? – Which one would choose? Inevitably, patterned tiles, particularly busy ones, will make walls visually advance, which means they will make a bathroom feel smaller. However, if you’d like to use patterned tiles to add character, put them below dado rail height, and use plain, light-coloured tiles above. Taking this approach will draw the eye upwards and across the room, making it feel larger and lighter.
  • WHERE TO TILE IN A SMALL BATHROOM – A small bathroom may feel unwelcoming and clinical if it’s tiled from floor to ceiling and wall to wall but you need to aim for as much decorative flow as possible to enhance the feeling of space in the room. In other words, if the placement of the fixtures and fittings means that there will only be small gaps of painted wall between, say, a bath splashback and a basin one, it’s better to tile across the length of the wall and to limit the changes in tiling levels than to interrupt the tiling. If you find you are tiling the majority of your walls, just make sure you choose a bathroom floor tile that doesn’t look too matchy-matchy.
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