Bathroom tiles are available in a vast range of collections, covering many colours, styles, shapes, and sizes. Yet, with so many choices, it can be hard to make the right decision. Our quick buying guide helps you select the best bathroom floor tiles and the best bathroom wall tiles to suit your individual needs and preferences, ensuring a stylish finish.
What Type of Bathroom Tile Is Best - Porcelain or Ceramic?
When deciding between porcelain and ceramic tiles, it’s important to think about how much ‘traffic’ your bathroom usually gets.
For example, is it an ensuite bathroom used by two people, or a family bathroom used by several members? For bathrooms used by lots of people, porcelain tiles can be the better choice as they are more durable and hard-wearing than ceramic tiles.
What Style of Bathroom Tiles Do You Prefer?
Consider what style of tiles you would like to complete the look of your new bathroom. Timeless Metro tiles with their bevelled edges are very on-trend. We have a range of Metro, or ‘subway tiles’, in a variety of colours, so we’re sure you’ll find a tile to suit your new bathroom.
Or, perhaps you’re looking for a statement mosaic or patterned tile? Our exclusive One tile has a unique pattern that allows you to choose from as many as nine eye-catching designs.
Speak to your local showroom to find out more.
Tile Patterns and Layout Designs
There are a number of different ways to lay your tiles, and the pattern you choose can have an impact on the overall look and feel of your finished bathroom.
In a classic half bond or brick bond pattern, the edge of one tile is in line with the centre of the tiles above and below. This is particularly suited to rectangular tiles such as metro tiles but is not recommended for tiles over 500mm in length.
For larger tiles, we recommend fixing a ⅓ bond, where the edge of one tile is one-third of the way along the tile on the row below. For a more trend-led look, consider tiling in a herringbone pattern, which looks great with small format tiles or wood effect planks.
How to Measure Walls and Floors for Tiling in the Bathroom
In order to know how many packs of bathroom tiles you need to buy, you’ll need to measure the area you’re going to tile in metres squared.
If you’re tiling a floor, measure the width and length and multiply them together. Same if you're you're tiling a wall, you'll need to measure the width and height and then multiply them together.
You’ll also need to measure the area of any windows, doors or obstructions and subtract from your total area. We always recommend you purchase 5-10% more tiles than you need to allow for any breakages.
Select the Right Grout and Adhesive For Your Tiles
When installing new tiles, it’s really important to ensure you have the right grout and adhesive. There are lots of factors to consider when choosing grout and adhesive, including what type of tiles you’re installing and what surface you’re installing them onto.
Free Tile Sample Service
At The Bathroom Showroom we're pleased to be able to offer a free tile sampling service. This is a great way to select from our stunning range of tiles that cover many colours, styles, shapes, and sizes. By accessing this free service, you have the opportunity to see your chosen tiles in your new bathroom before making any final design decisions.
If you’re looking to shop bathroom products, book an appointment with The Bathroom Showroom. Experts in all things bathrooms, we can help turn your dream bathroom into a reality.