Sunday, February 9, 2020

Bathroom wall and floor tiles design ideas

Bathroom wall and floor tile designs can be fun, but you can easily become overwhelmed by all choices and options available. However, there are some simple things you can do to make bathroom designing simpler and enjoyable. The first step is to determine the main focal point in the bathroom. The second step is to build your design around the focal point. Having a main focal point determined first makes it much easier to design the rest of your bathroom.

Tile design ideas

Bathroom wall and floor tiles

Start with the tile design is a great idea and will make your design go quick and it will also make designing the rest of your bathroom simpler. By starting with the tile, you are setting the tone for the bathroom and possibly the main focal point as well.
A nice tile design is often the main focal point in bathrooms. Also, the color and texture of the tile can set the entire tone for space. It's going to be the first thing people notice when entering your bathroom. However, this is not an easy design choice because there are many options out there for tiles. There are basic questions you should consider before actually choosing your tiles. For example, should you choose a light tile or a dark tile? Should you choose large format tiles or smaller format tiles? Should you choose a shiny or matte finish to the tiles? Also, there are contemporary looking tiles and natural-looking tiles. It complicates choosing between all these options at first. But there are a few tips I can share that will make your design job much easier.

How to match your bathroom floor and wall tiles?

To match your bathroom floor and wall tiles start with the main focal point for the tile design. Then build the rest of the bathroom design around your focal point tiles by choosing neutral complementary colors from the main focal point tile colors.

First, choose the main focal point of the bathroom. For example, a glass frame-less shower with a tile mosaic in the shower. The tile mosaic will make your shower the focal point and add interest. Or a contemporary vanity with a patterned tile wall behind the vanity. The tile behind the vanity will become the focal point of the bathroom, adding more drama. Choose your color and tile pattern first, then build the rest of the tiles around the pattern. This will become the focal point of the bathroom. Your tile pattern or featured tiles will have several colors. Choose your favorite color from the tile pattern and build the rest of your tiles using that color. These tiles will become complementary tiles. Your complementary tiles should not be overwhelming to where it becomes more attention-getting than the featured or pattern tile. Too many bold tiles in a bathroom will create too many focal points and when entering the room it will become too crazy looking and distracting. I like to choose complementary tiles that are neutral or have a slightly different texture than the focal point tile. When you finish, your bathroom will look color coordinated and well designed.

Can you use the same tile on the floor and shower walls?

Use the same tiles on the floor and walls

Using the same tiles on the floor and wall is a great idea. For a dramatic effect use a tile pattern or mosaic tile to create a stripe on the floor running up the wall. The continuous mosaic stripe from floor to ceiling will create a main focal point.

Same tile on the floor and bathroom walls

If you have already picked out your focal point tiles, then your floor tiles can become part of the complementary tiles. This gives your bathroom a uniform look and feel. Another option is to turn it up and go for a wow factor by using boldly patterned tiles on the floor and use complementary tiles on the walls, in a neutral color. This makes the floor the focal point. And last, for a dramatic effect, you can use your pattern tile mosaic on the floor and also run it up the wall in a stripe. The entire bathroom would be a neutral color and the pattern tile is inlaid on the floor and run continuously up the wall in a stripe. The patterned stripe running across the floor and up the wall becomes your main focal point in the bathroom. We choose all the other complementary colors in the bathroom from the focal point tile pattern.

Stone tiles, travertine tiles, and marble effect tiles give you a natural look and feel in which is very popular today. Also, there are tiles made to look like wood, giving you that earthy, natural look and feel. We can combine these two tiles for a natural and interesting look. For example, you can combine stone tiles and wood effect tiles for a down to earth look. It gives a natural calming effect to your bathroom.

Larger tile formats work well in larger bathrooms, and smaller tiles look better in smaller bathrooms. Chose your tile size according to the size of your bathroom. Shower floors are slippery, so choosing a small tile with lots of grout lines to make the floor less slippery. For example, you can choose a pebble tile for your shower floor. Many grout lines will give the shower floor more traction. Floor tiles that are in wet areas should be textured and not slippery. These tiles have a textured finish to keep you from slipping. The downside is that they are harder to clean and keep clean than shiny tiles. Shinny tiles work well for walls because you are not walking on the wall and it poses no threat of an accidental fall.


Hopefully, this article has given you some insight and knowledge in being able to design your bathroom floor and walls. I would also highly suggest you read my other article called "How to choose the right tile for your space". I go into more detail on the various textures and types of tiles. This will help you decide where to put certain types of tiles. After reading this article, you can select the best type of tile that is good for flooring vs walls. And you will be able to quickly choose the best type of tile for shower floors.

I would be interested in hearing your comments. If you recently have completed bathroom tile work or redesigned your bathroom, I would like to hear your story and any tips you can share.

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