Bathroom Tiles – What You Need To Know Before Purchasing
Choosing bathroom tiles can be overwhelming, with so many options available. Our team of bathroom experts can help you make the right choice for your space. But if you prefer to select the tiles on your own, our guide below can help you make an informed decision.
Floor tiles versus wall tiles
The manufacturing process sets porcelain and ceramic bathroom tiles apart. Porcelain tiles are fired at a much higher temperature and for a more extended period of time than ceramic tiles, making them incredibly durable and ideal for flooring. However, if you’re looking for wall tiles, ceramic tiles are a more affordable option that will still provide a stylish and practical finish. As porcelain and ceramic tiles look the same to the naked eye, you won’t be able to tell them apart. So make sure you are checking the label.
Full-body bathroom tiles
When selecting bathroom tiles, you wish to check whether the tile body, the biscuit, is made from a single material all the way through. In this case, chips that may occur through daily use will be less noticeable due to the uniform colour and texture underneath.
On the other hand, many bathroom tiles have a different colour layer underneath the glazed surface. Although these tiles are also durable and suitable, the biscuit layer can be exposed if the tile chips or cracks. This makes any tile damage highly noticeable.
Bathroom tiles with rectified edges
Another important consideration regarding your bathroom renovation is whether to opt for tiles with a rectified edge or an uneven edge. Rectified edge tiles have precise, straight-cut edges to ensure uniform size and shape. They give your bathroom a sleek contemporary look with very narrow grout lines. On the other hand, tiles are available with natural, slightly uneven edges formed during the firing process. These tiles may require more grout due to slight size and shape variations.
Handmade tiles with uneven edges
Handmade tiles, such as Zellige tiles from Morocco, are popular for those seeking a unique and artisanal look in their spaces. Skilled artisans craft these tiles individually using traditional techniques resulting in subtle variations in colour and uneven edges that add to the charm and character of the tiles. While handmade bathroom tiles are more expensive than their machine-made counterparts, they offer a one-of-a-kind beauty containing imperfections that add personality to any space.
Tile sizes to consider
Tile sizes have come a long way from the past’s standard 30x30cm, 30x60cm and 60x60cm sizes. Nowadays, various sizes and shapes are available to suit any design aesthetic. As a general rule, larger bathrooms can accommodate larger tile sizes. However, it’s worth noting that a general floor drain is required by law in New South Wales. The tiler must cut a tile to allow water to flow towards the drain, which is more noticeable in a larger tile and may impact the bathroom floor’s overall look. For this reason, our team of experienced bathroom designers recommend using floor tiles no larger than 30x60cm in areas with floor drains.
Different tile shapes add fun to your bathroom
Tiles don’t need to be square or rectangular. Add a touch of fun to your bathroom with non-traditional tile shapes. Subway, hexagonal or triangular tiles are trendy options that bring a playful yet sophisticated look to your space.
Many colours to choose from
When choosing bathroom tile colours, the options can feel overwhelming. Decide whether to use a lighter or darker shade to simplify decision-making. Lighter tiles with a glossy finish reflect light and make your bathroom look more spacious. Alternatively, darker tiles with a matte finish add a cosy touch and a sense of drama. Considering these factors, you can narrow down your options and find the perfect tile colour for your space. While you’re here, get some bathroom inspiration from our completed projects.