A Quick Guide to Buying Bathroom Tiles


Tiles not only are the perfect finish to a bathroom from an aesthetic point of view, but they also help to protect your walls and floor from water damage at the same time.

However, with so many styles and materials out there, it can be difficult to know where to start for the less DIY-savvy amongst us.

With that in mind, here are some top tips from us on buying bathroom tiles.

Deciding Where to Tile

First things first, you’ll need to assess the bathroom and which areas you actually want to tile.

The floor is a great place to start, as properly fitted tiles will be moisture resistant and very durable, making them by far the best option for bathroom flooring in our opinion.

When it comes to the walls, you’ll need to bear in mind how the tiles will look alongside the fixtures such as your shower and sink.

For example, unless your shower is completely enclosed within a cubicle, you’ll need to tile up the shower wall or add a waterproof SplashPanel.

You could also choose to opt for a ‘feature wall’ which contrasts sharply with the rest of the room’s walls, whether this is in terms of its colour, style or shape.

If you’re fully renovating the whole bathroom, selecting the tiles and where they’re going to go should be the number one priority, as they’ll determine the whole mood of the room.

To help you figure out how much tiling you’re going to need, check out this Tiling Calculator from B&Q.

Choosing the Type of Tile

There’s a huge variety of designs and styles available when it comes to bathroom tiles, with a seemingly endless amount of combinations and possibilities.

The most common materials used for bathroom tiles are ceramic, natural stone, and glass, although you may also see other types such as marble, porcelain, granite, and limestone.

We spoke to London Tile Shop for their views on these different tile materials, and they said: “Ceramic is perhaps the most popular option, as they can be made to almost any specification, and are also a very economical option.

“Stone tiles will give your bathroom a more distinct look, although they require more maintenance, and glass tiles are a more modern alternative which can be used in a number of interesting ways, such as in a mosaic.”

A Splash of Colour

The colour is one of the most important aspects of your tiling as it really dictates the mood of the room.

Again, the possibilities are endless, but a safe bet is to go for pastel colours, as these will help make the bathroom a calming and relaxing space, which is what most people feel like a bathroom should be!

Also, bear in mind the finish of your tiles. For example, a glossy tile will reflect the light, which helps to open up small spaces in smaller bathrooms, whereas a bigger space may benefit from some clean and simple matt tiles, particularly as floor tiling.

Other options include a mosaic made up of smaller tiles, a great way to add a sense of depth to the room.

Finally, for a little bit of inspiration, check out these 40 beautifully tiled bathrooms from House Beautiful.

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