Using Tiles to Create the Illusion of More Space

Published: 15th Apr 2022Read Time: 4 min

When it comes to making a small bathroom appear bigger, bathroom tiles can help create the illusion of more space. Being mindful of how you select and display your bathroom tiles can have a tremendous impact on this busiest room in the home. The Bathroom Showroom considers four simple tiling hacks to make your bathroom appear instantly spacious. These apply to both floor and wall tiles.

Choose the Biggest Tiles

One of the most common mistakes people make in small bathrooms is using small tiles. However, because they highlight more grout lines, the effect is increased interruption in tiles and a sense of scaling down. To make this room look bigger, the larger the tiles used here, the better.
Large tiles create the illusion of space in a bathroom because they use fewer grout lines in their design. This encourages a seamless effect and visually reduces any disturbance in your tiling layout.

Stay Away from Patterned Tiles

Though patterned tiles are eye-catching, they visually make a small bathroom look and feel a lot smaller than it is. This is because patterned tiles tend to look busy when what you need is simplicity here.
However, though less is certainly more here, if you don’t fancy plain, you could consider plain hexagonal tiles, instead.
Plain hexagonal tiles can add a dash of geometric style but ultimately create that much-needed illusion of space in a small bathroom.

Use One Light Colour Choice of Tiles

When selecting a colour scheme in the bathroom, some people prefer to stick with the same colour tile. When making a small bathroom appear larger, this is a good idea, especially if that colour choice is light.
Using one colour in your tiles emphasises consistency as it means less breaking for different coloured tiles and keeps the look solid. The result created is an impression of a uniformed wall or floor, thus enhancing the illusion of space.
Even better, try using all-white tiles or pale, soft and light colours, especially those with a glossy finish. These colours will reflect natural light, instantly opening up the bathroom.

Consider the Best Places for Horizontal and Vertical Lines

You may wonder, which way do you lay tiles to make a room look bigger? The answer is that both horizontal and vertical lines can help increase the size of a bathroom, but only when used correctly.
When you position tiles vertically, you visually increase the height of a room. This layout is fantastic for bathrooms with low ceilings.
Yet, when you position tiles horizontally, you can create the illusion of widening the room. This format is brilliant for small and narrow bathrooms.
However, if you want to target both the length and width of your small bathroom, creating a diagonal pattern when positioning your tiles emphasises both.

Bathroom Tiles Work Perfectly When Enhancing Bathroom Space

Small bathrooms need not be problematic when it comes to creating an illusion of space.
By choosing tiles that make your room look bigger and positioning them for maximum impact, you too can create a lighter and better-looking space, and all by following just four simple steps.
If you’re looking for further inspiration on creating the illusion of space using tiles, book an appointment with The Bathroom Showroom. Experts in all thing’s tiles, we can help turn your dream bathroom into a reality.