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Why have tiles in the bathroom?

Bathrooms need to be a place of hygiene, which tiles can certainly offer. With their ‘fresh’ appearance (particularly gloss finished tiles) and ‘easy wipe’ surfaces, hygiene is one of the first things that come to mind when using tiles in the bathroom.

Tiles are also waterproof (when using the correct adhesive and grout) which is essential for a bathroom. This cannot be said for alternatives such as wallpaper and some paints.

In addition, bathroom tiles are now available in different sizes, colours, textures, materials and designs, giving you the chance to create a unique environment, tailored to your specific tastes.

What size tiles would look best in my bathroom?

Most tile FAQ pages will advise you to avoid using large bathroom tiles (e.g. 60x30cm) in a small bathroom, as they will dwarf the room significantly. Although this is true for some cases, if the majority of the tiles can be applied without any cuts, the end result can be very impressive.

Although small tiles (e.g. 10x10cm) can look good in smaller bathrooms, the many grout lines (compared to using bigger tiles) can give an unappealing effect. Consequently, many people choose medium sized tiles (e.g. 40x20cm), which are a common choice for large and small bathrooms today.

You should also take note of the spacing between your washbasin, toilet, windows, etc. If the spacing is very compact, small tiles may be the better option, as they will ‘flow’ better than larger tiles.

How to make a small bathroom look bigger

Light coloured bathroom tiles (i.e. white or cream) can make small bathrooms look bigger as they reflect the light more than darker colours, giving an airy and spacious feel to your bathroom.

Using the same colour wall tiles as the floor tiles can also give your bathroom a spacious effect. To enhance the effect, you could use a similar coloured grout with the tiles (ask our sales staff for details).

Extra tip: Use mirrors in your bathroom to give the effect that your bathroom has more depth.

Will tiles make the floor cold on my feet?

Okay, tiles can feel cool on bare feet, but this may also depend on the surface underneath the tiles. For example, tiling onto wood (which can ‘breath’) will create a warmer feel than tiles that are placed on top of concrete.

However, you can further minimise the feeling of cold floors by using the following tips.

Firstly, undertile heating is available to radiate warmth through your tiled floor. If you would like to learn more about under-tile heating (which can be purchased at The Yorkshire Tile Company), visit our products page.

Choose warm looking floor tiles such as creams and terracotta colours to give an impression of warmth in the bathroom. Also, by choosing warm looking colours for the wall, the effect can be increased.

Use stylish small rugs that fit around the washbasin and toilet to offer your feet some insulation when using the facilities within your bathroom. However, be careful not to use large rugs in danger of covering up your beautiful tiles.

Suitable bathroom grouts

Grouts are now available in a wide range of colours that will help disguise your grout lines. Grouts with antibacterial protection are also available to offer increased protection against bacteria.

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