Here in the UK, we’re not known for our large bathrooms. With everything from Victorian terraced homes and 1960s bungalows to compact new-builds and city studios, our housing stock usually comes with a bathroom that’s somewhat lacking in space. But fret not, as there are plenty of tricks you can do with tiles to make the room instantly feel bigger and brighter.
Small bathroom tile design
Size really does matter when it comes to tiling the bathroom but the good news is that you can go large or small when looking for small bathroom tile ideas. A large format, whether rectangular or square, will help to create an illusion of space, as there are fewer grout lines to disrupt the finish.
Standard field tiles and even mosaics can also be used on walls – if you’re going for a wall-to-wall finish, stick with a neutral palette but if you want to create a feature area behind the basin or bath, play around with colour and pattern, especially if it’s at the opposite end of the bathroom, as this will draw the eye and make the space feel longer.
Consider the colour of your tiles carefully – if the room is north facing, it won’t get as much natural light as a south-facing bathroom, so it may be best to go for something really light like a white, cream or pale grey in your small bathroom tile design.
You could always add interest by selecting a darker grout to add definition. While a cool colour scheme certainly keeps things calm and clean looking, you can create a more contemporary feel by going monochrome with a black and white scheme.
Many brassware manufacturers are now launching matt black showers and taps and these look stunning set against crisp white wall tiles and white sanitaryware. A gloss, glass, mirror or iridescent finish has the added benefit of bouncing light around the space, making the bathroom feel larger.
Many people avoid pattern and print in a small bathroom yet an interesting design can really enhance a smaller space. To avoid a busy look, create a feature wall or small splashback area, or go for an on-trend pattern underfoot with the latest geometric, Moroccan, Victorian or retro styles.
Another design trick is to create continuity by tiling walls and floor in the same style. You can always highlight the area with feature lighting and accessories that pick up on any accent tones.
Finish the look with potted plants and succulents, which are set to be big news in 2018’s interiors.
Ideas for compact cloakroom tiles
Along with en-suites and wet rooms, the cloakroom is often the smallest room in the house so careful planning is essential in order to make the space feel as large and luxurious as possible.
A glossy finish gives cloakroom tiles a reflective quality that helps to bounce light around the room, while rectangular shapes are still very much in favour, especially when you apply them in a herringbone effect behind the basin or vanity unit.
To prevent the room from feeling cold and stark, introduce warmer elements such as wooden or laminate flooring, underfloor heating and a heated towel rail.
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Hayley has been an interiors journalist for 20 years and has written for leading consumer magazines, trade titles and Sunday supplements. Always keeping one step ahead of the latest trends, Hayley has researched, written about and renovated plenty of bathrooms, so she knows the importance planning and practicality.