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How To Choose Tiles For Your Dream Bathroom
When it comes to decorating your bathroom, you need to take some time when it comes to choosing your tiles. The tiles you choose will set the tone and colour scheme of your room, and their diversity allows you to design your bathroom exactly how you wish; whether it be pastel perfect, vintage chic or uber modern.
Selecting the right tiles for your bathroom is no easy task… there are so many things you need to think about!
There are a number of things you should consider before making a purchase, but don’t worry I’m here to help 😉
You must first decide the mood you want to create in your room, and whether you should design your bathroom in reflection to the other rooms in your house.
Here are a few helpful tips when shopping for bathroom tiles.
Is your bathroom attached to your hall/corridor, or is it part of an ensuite? There is far more scope for design if your room is standalone, as stylistic consistency doesn’t really count for much here; the bathroom is a seperate space.
However, if your bathroom is attached to your bedroom, you may want to choose tiles that stay true to the colour scheme or theme of your bedroom.
Remember that white is a great choice! It’s bright and it means you can add pops of colour and pattern in your DIY projects and decorative accessories. (See 5 Simple Ways To Update and Beautify Your Bathroom)
If your bedroom is decorated with a consistent colour, try contrasting this in your bathroom with a slightly lighter or darker tone as the secondary colour.
This will only work well if your bedroom is a cool tone such as cream or blue, and not if it is decorated vibrantly, so exercise discretion when choosing your colour.
There is a great technique, explained here by interior design experts Tiger Colour, for selecting harmonising colours. For your bathroom, you should consider using an analogous colour scheme as this is the most calming and least erratic.
Striking or warming?
Consider the effect that you want your bathroom tiles to have on your room. Sometimes beauty lies in simplicity, and using single-colour, polished porcelain tiles will create a striking effect that will leave visitors of your bathroom in awe.
For a warming effect, you may wish to have at least two colours in your bathroom.
Using different colours for your floor and wall tiles is easy, and allows you to introduce the previously mentioned contrasting colour.
If you wish for your bathroom to have pale tones, you may want to consider using pale-coloured tiles on your walls, but not your floor. Due to the amount of dirt and grime that pollutes the bathroom, floor tiles can become dirty much quicker than wall tiles.
It may be worth choosing a darker colour for your floor tiles to prevent your bathroom from constantly looking messy.
Try before you buy
It’s one thing looking at tiles on the glossy pages of a catalogue, but another thing seeing them in the context of your bathroom, and it’s a great idea to order some tile samples before you make the big purchase.
Tile suppliers such as Tiles Direct will offer you sample tiles for just 99p, and due to their price-matching service, you can be sure that your order will be budget friendly.
You can always use tile samples and foam furniture castors to make coasters!
Decorating your bathroom, though difficult, should be a fun task that allows you to exercise your artistic side.
Just remember to try and choose a tile that complements the colours of the adjacent room, is easy to keep clean, and is good value for money.
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