12 January 2021
If you couple the often overwhelming choice of bathroom tiles with the fact that bathrooms tend to be one of the smallest rooms in the house, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to tiling a small bathroom.
But, clever use of tiles can be a great way to make a small bathroom look bigger, as well as putting your own personal stamp on the space. We’ve taken a look at some small bathroom tile ideas to help you put the joy back into choosing bathroom tiles.
Tiles are a great way to transform and add texture to any bathroom, but not all tile designs are suitable for smaller spaces. If your bathroom is limited in size, consider the following small bathroom tile ideas:
A common misconception when considering tiles for small bathrooms is that larger designs will make your bathroom look even smaller. In fact, it often has the opposite effect!
Grout lines used in smaller tile designs, such as mosaic patterns, can make your suite feel cluttered and overcrowded, whilst larger tiles that have fewer grout lines create the illusion of more space.
As mentioned above, busier tile designs can make your bathroom look even smaller, so opting for a minimal and simplistic design can make your bathroom feel more open.
This is particularly the case when choosing one tile colour for both your bathroom floor and walls, as the flowing design naturally makes a small space feel bigger.
If simple designs aren’t quite your style, one of our favorite tile ideas for small bathrooms is the incorporation of bold or patterned tiles in a feature wall design.
Feature walls also often have the added benefit of tricking the eye into making your bathroom look more elongated.
If you’ve read our bathroom colour guide, you’ll know that light colours bounce light around the bathroom. Opting for a white, light grey or beige colour scheme in your tiles can make your bathroom feel brighter and more spacious.
You can find out more tips and tricks for small bathroom design by reading our guide on how to make a small bathroom look bigger.
Once you’ve settled on a tile design, the next step is to decide on the material of the tile you wish to use. As part of this, you’ll need to consider your bathroom usage and also what you’re looking to spend.
> Ceramic And Porcelain Tiles - As one of the most popular bathroom tile options, both ceramic and porcelain tiles are available in a variety of styles and designs including anti-slip. They also tend to be the cheapest bathroom tile option.
> Marble and Travertine Tiles - Marble and travertine tiles are made from natural stone and add a luxurious and elegant feel to any sized suite. They tend to be the more expensive bathroom tile option.
> Glass Tiles - Another low maintenance bathroom tile option. A great one to consider if you’re looking to tile a small bathroom, as their glossy surface makes suites feel more spacious by bouncing light around the room.
You can discover more bathroom tile options by reading our article on tips for choosing bathroom tiles.
The cost to tile a small bathroom is directly dependent on your choice of bathroom tile and the size of the area you wish to be tiled.
For example, if you wish to install marble tiles into your small bathroom, the price of a good quality tile starts from £40-50 per square meter. The price however can go to as high as over £200 per square meter depending on your choice of marble style and quality.
Good quality ceramic tiles average around £30-40, but much cheaper options are available, again dependent on style and quality.
Glass tiles also vary widely in price depending on the glass colour, design and size.
We recommend you shop around to find what’s best for your bathroom design and tile budget. You’ll also need to take into consideration the labour cost of fitting the tiles, which of course will go up with a bigger space as this will affect the time it’ll take.
If you require bathroom advice specific to your bathroom’s measurements, wish to find out more about how you can use tiles to make a small bathroom look bigger, or are just after some general bathroom advice, we’re here to help. Call us or book a free, no obligation design appointment with one of our senior designers today.