13 Tile Tips for a Better Bathroom
When choosing tile for your bathroom, planning is essential. Before you start, take a good look at your bathroom. Is it big or small? Do you want dark bathroom tiles or light tile? Are you OK with lots of cleaning or do you like to keep scrubbing to a minimum? Here are 13 tips to keep in mind when choosing bathroom tile.
Think Light Colors
Light colored subway bathroom tile is an extremely popular home trend right now. Plus, white, off-white or light colors can make the room feel spacious. When it comes to grout colors, be sure the grout doesn’t contrast too sharply with the tile (i.e., white tile with black grout).
Feel Appeal Bathroom Tile
Think about how the bathroom tile will feel. Will you have a shower bench? When using tile in a shower, a slab or larger piece of tile feels nicer to sit on than smaller tile. Add safety to your shower and learn how to install bathroom grab bars.
Think Diagonal Bathroom Tile
If you have a smaller bathroom, tile placed in a diagonal pattern can give the illusion of a larger room. Believe it or not, you may be able to tile your bathroom floor without tearing it up.
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When going with large bathroom tile, you must maintain a minimum grout joint width of 3/16-inch. Also, be sure there is at least 90 percent mortar contact below the tiles as their large size makes them more prone to cracking.
Thinking mosaic bathroom tile? You’ll have more grout lines. One way to minimize the grid-like feeling mosaic tile can create is to use a grout tinted to resemble the tile’s color. Try these grouting tips and techniques.
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Rule of Three
If you’re looking to create a unique tile pattern, stick to no more than three tiles that share the same color palate. Using more bathroom tile colors can become a distraction to the eye and also become more difficult to place. Be careful not to make your bathroom tile too gaudy.
If you’re looking for a bathroom tile that doesn’t require much maintenance, think porcelain or ceramic. Tiles made from natural stone require more upkeep since they are more porous. Regrout wall tile with these tips.
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The Glass Debate
If using glass bathroom tile in a shower, be aware that some clear glass shower tiles can show moisture trapped behind them. Instead, try smaller colored glass shower tiles. You can also use glass tile to decorate a frame.
Want a bathroom tile look that will look great for a long while? Here’s a tip: Pick one larger neutral color tile for installation throughout. Not only will this be easier to maintain, but it will make the room look much bigger. Learn some modern tile installation tips.
Pick a Single Accent Piece
Take a risk with a fun color or pattern, but don’t go overboard. By choosing just one design or color of bathroom tile as an accent. And it will give your bathroom a timeless look. Too many bold colors and patterns will compete with each other. Accent pieces can also be used in kitchen backsplashes.