A Buyer’s Guide to Bathroom Tiles

If you’re renovating your bathroom, the thing that’s going to make the biggest difference is the tiling. Knowing what to go for and visualising how it will look with your suite isn’t easy, which is why we’ve complied this comprehensive guide for those looking to retile their bathroom.

Get Some Samples

Whether you pop into a tile retailer to have a look what’s available or whether you shop online, it’s important to get some samples to take home. Use Blutack to stick them up against your existing tiles so you get a better idea of how they fit in with the rest of the room. If you’re planning on painting parts of the bathroom too, then check the tiles against a tester of your chosen paint to see which looks best. Making sure you order samples is particularly important if you’re shopping online, so this step is not one to be skipped!

Avoid Prints

Printed tiles with images of flowers or something similar will date very quickly, so be wary. If you know you’ve got an eye for creating timeless décor, then you may get away with trusting your instincts, but don’t do so lightly. Vintage prints might be fashionable now, but will they look so great in a few years? If you’re unsure, go for a simpler design. If you still want something a bit more unusual, you could opt for tiles with a slight iridescence or a little bit of subtle sparkle.

Big or Small?

Another thing you need to consider is the size of your tiles. Larger ones look great when you’re tiling the whole bathroom, whilst smaller ones are better if you only plan to tile certain areas, such as above the sink and around the shower. If you’re tiling the whole bathroom, keep the design simple and use big tiles. Smaller tiles can afford to be a little more interesting as they’re not covering as much space, so you don’t have to worry about them being overwhelming.

Professional Tiler or DIY Job?

The final thing you need to consider is who will fit the tiles. If you fancy having a go yourself, try to opt for more inexpensive tiles as you’re likely to make quite a few mistakes, meaning you’ll need to order more extras than you would if you called in a professional. You’ll also need to invest in a tiling kit like the ones available from Suretile.

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