Lately I’ve been up to my ears in choosing bathroom tile. We are smack in the middle of renovating the kids bathroom and I’ve also been helping my aunt who is completely renovating all 3 of her bathrooms at (almost) the same time.
That means that in the last few months I’ve selected tile for 4 bathrooms. One in my own home and 3 in my aunt’s home. Selecting tile for someone else has taught me a lot about how to explain how to select tile for your bathroom and I’ve come up with 3 tips that I hope will help you if you ever decide to tackle your bathroom.
1. PICK YOUR MUST HAVE TILE FIRST.
Typically when we start a bathroom renovation we have one tile that we dream of including in our design. Sometimes it is a really special or unique accent tile and sometimes it is as simple as knowing that you want white subway tile. Either way, take that dream tile and use it as the starting point for the other tile you will choose for your bathroom design.
2. TRY TO KEEP IT TO NO MORE THAN 3 DIFFERENT TILES.
Taking your first (must have) choice as a starting point, use it to make the decisions for the other tiles you will include in your design. If your must have is a really unique color or pattern and is going to be the focal point of your design, pull more subtle colors from it to use in your accent tiles. If however your first choice is really plain (like a white subway tile) you may want to add an element of interest with a colorful accent tile or even a smaller scale white penny tile to change it up and add interest.
Typically you will choose a floor tile, a wall tile for the shower/ tub surround or even all of the walls in your bathroom, and an accent tile that will be used as a focal point. This is just a guideline. Don’t be afraid to break the rules a little bit.
3. STICK TO ONE SHOW STOPPER.
There are so many beautiful tiles out there and a bathroom is a perfect place to show off some of your personality and take a risk with a fun color or pattern on your tiles. However, if you are going to go for it, keep it to one show stopper. This will make your look timeless and really create the wow factor that you are going for since it won’t be competing with the other elements in the room. (Many of these super special tiles can be pricey, but if you are working in a small area like a bathroom, they might just be the splurge you need since you won’t need very many square feet.)
Your show stopper area can be big or small, it’s up to you.
The good majority of this bathroom is done in pretty basic white tile, but they added a wow factor with this beautiful tile at the top.