Updating your bathroom to give it the ‘wow factor’ can be an exciting project for your home, as it can really make a difference to your day to day life. However, choosing the right tiles that are suitable for your bathroom wall can be a daunting task. With so many types, styles and sizes to choose from, you can end up feeling overwhelmed. But it’s a fantastic feeling when you find the perfect tiles to complete the room.
Using our expert knowledge, we have put together this guide to help you understand how to choose the right wall tiles for your bathroom, that will not only look stylish, but be practical and long lasting. Popular choices include marble and wood effect tiles, mosaics, ceramic and porcelain, matt and gloss glazed.
We’re proud to stock a wide range of bathroom wall and floor tiles online and in stores. If you have any questions about our wall tiles or finding the right wall tiles for your bathroom, then get in touch with our expert team today.
Which tiles should you pick for bathroom walls?
The best tiles to use will change based on the size of your bathroom, whether it is a wet room or also used as a cloakroom alongside your individual style. Which we discuss below, however there are some general bits of advice you can take into consideration:
- For bathrooms that will be heavily used (family bathrooms) gloss tiles are often preferred as they are easy to clean and are low maintenance.
- For bathrooms that are less used (guest bathrooms), textured or matt tiles can be used to make a statement wall with a big impact as they won’t need to be cleaned as often.
- For ongoing easy maintenance, pick large format tiles that require less grouting.
Whatever you prefer, always opt for high quality, durable tiles and when thinking of your budget, consider overage for spare tiles whilst completing your DIY project, also options for future replacements.
What type of bathroom are you renovating?
This may seem like a weird question at first, as a bathroom is just a bathroom to most. However, there are different types that can influence the type of bathroom tiles you choose. Apart from the standard bathroom (whether a small bathroom or large) you could also be renovating a cloakroom or changing the purpose of your bathroom into a wet room.
Tiles for cloakrooms
If you’re renovating a cloakroom, then the tiles you choose will be completely different to those in a wet room. As cloakrooms tend to be used more by guests, rather than those who actually live in the house, homeowners tend to go for a more neutral and inoffensive style that appeals to most people.
You also can go for more textured or a matt tile here, as they don’t tend to need a lot of heavy cleaning very often, due to the minimal use of this room type.
Tiles for wet rooms
Wet rooms get a lot of use, so choosing some heavy duty, easy to clean tiles are your best option. With a lot of water being spread across the room, your bathroom tiles and shower wall will get dirty and show marks quite quickly. To make your life easier, choosing gloss tiles are your best option for a wet room, this is because they are easier to wipe clean and remove any dirt. Whereas textured wall and floor tiles will show marks more and make it harder to remove any dirt. We also suggest using a slightly larger tile to minimise grout lines.
If you like the idea of textured or slate tiles, on your bathroom wall, consider having a feature wall in a space that won’t get as many water marks. This will give you the look you desire, without causing any issues when it comes to maintaining the tiles overall.
Tiles for standard bathrooms
Whether your bathroom is more of a family bathroom, or just a standard bathroom with either a shower or a bath in it for you to use, the best tile to use on the walls in your space are quite similar. Again, as this room will get a lot of use, choosing gloss tiles will make your bathroom space an easier room to keep looking clean and aesthetically pleasing.
If you also happen to have a small bathroom, gloss tiles will add a lot more light and shine to the room, making it appear larger. Large format or small tiles, such as metro tiles, will work well in any bathroom, but again you may want to consider the grout around the shower and bath areas of the room.
Consider your bathroom style
Working out the bathroom design and style can be an exciting and a difficult choice, but ultimately this will determine the type of wall tiles you will choose. Think about things such as:
- layout of the tiles
If your house has a contemporary feel throughout, it might be best to consider neutral colour tiles to achieve a modern bathroom effect that will last for years to come. If you like the idea of a white bathroom or a grey bathroom but would like to add a touch of something else to bring the room to life, then take a look through some different coloured tiles or textured tiles to add a wonderful feature to the room.
Some tiles, such as metro tiles, can be laid in different configurations, giving different overall effects. Do some research and decide what effect you’d like in your bathroom and see which bathroom tiles offer the aesthetics you’re looking for.
Popular bathroom tiles
Still stuck on bathroom ideas and are unsure on the type of tiles that will give your bathroom the best overall finish? Here are some of our most popular tile ranges for bathrooms:
Metro tiles are some of the most popular tiles for bathroom walls. This is because they are diverse, stylish and come in a range of colours. They can be laid in different configurations, you can get creative and put your own mark on your property to make it a home that reflects your style.
Marble effect tiles
Best for adding an air of sophistication and luxury to any bathroom, marble effect tiles are the perfect way to enhance your interiors. Coming in a range of styles, there’s something to suit everyone’s bathroom design and size, with a timeless appeal, they’re perfect for renovations.
Patterned tiles are becoming an increasingly popular trend when it comes to bathrooms. A patterned tile brings the place to life and gives the space some personality, which can be used on both the wall and floor. We’re proud to stock a range of patterned tiles to suit all tastes.
Shop our bathroom tiles online
If you’d like to find out more about our tile ranges for bathrooms, or browse our extensive range online, then visit our website. Here, you’ll be able to order free samples, place orders of the tiles you like and get in touch with us if you have any questions.