Tiling a bathroom can be tricky, but it is a task that can be enjoyable once you realise how many stunning designs you can create. Here are some tips to help you get started.
When you’re trying to tile a bathroom it can be really difficult knowing exactly what order everything should be done in, how much preparation to do, what size tiles, what type of adhesive and grout, where you should be buying things from – the list is endless, which is exactly why the entire thing can be so stressful.
With this in mind, we thought it would be useful to give you these top tips on tiling your bathroom, so you have a head start on what to do. The more informed you are, the more educated your decisions will be – leaving more room for creativity!
The first thing you need to do is ensure you take your time choosing your bathroom tiles. Try to listen to the advice given to you by knowledgeable staff, and never make an impulsive decision. You also need to ensure the natural stone or porcelain tiles you do get, are teamed with the right adhesive, matting systems, waterproofing qualities and grout to ensure they will last you a long time. There are also so many different types of tile you are likely to feel a bit overwhelmed at first. Try to get a grip on the most popular materials and then figure out if your project and budget match any specific type – then shop around.
It is all well and good your tiles being waterproof, but what about the surface you are placing the tiles on? For bathrooms, it is so important you place tiles on a waterproof surface. Waterproof tile backer board and similar solutions are a great choice. Surfaces like wood, plaster or plywood aren’t ideal as they are not waterproof but they can be made waterproof. This is an important step to think about because if you don’t ensure the surface is waterproof, your tiling project is likely to fail.
Don’t feel like you have to be neutral with your bathroom because it is a practical room. It is one of the smallest rooms in the house, which makes it ideal for a bit of creativity. Monochrome, ombre, textured tiles and glass wall tiles are all great choices. You could even look into a floor tile mosaic if you wanted a real tile feature.
Not so long ago wooden floors were a complete write off in terms of tiling on top of them. Since adhesive technology has come so far, most wooden floors can be tiled now, which is great if that is the surface you already have.
Tiles come in so many different sizes, and it has become particularly trendy recently to use large tiles as bathroom floor tiles. There are so many different options, try and consider a wide range of tile sizes to see which one suits you the best.
Remember, it might sound daunting to think about tiling a bathroom, but it is actually a very enjoyable and satisfying job once you start. Happy tiling!