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Trends in Bathroom Tiles

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider


The latest trends in bathroom tiles can be summed up in one word: Exciting! Once the most overlooked room in the house, DIY homeowners are now taking their cues from leading interior designers and interior decorators, who are transforming bathrooms into virtual home spas through the creative use of tiles.

Latest Trends in Bathroom Tile Materials, Shapes and Sizes


From twinkling glass mosaics to long, large rectangular natural stone, anything goes in today's bathroom tiles:

 

  • Glass mosaic bathroom tiles used on feature walls, as splashbacks or as accents add an air of sophisticated fun to the bathroom. They come in an almost infinite variety of colours, textures and finishes. Step into a blue glass shower enclosure and it feels like you're taking a plunge into a tropical lagoon. Create an artistic mosaic in vivid colours and transform your bathroom into a modern art gallery. The possibilities are endless.
     
  • Metallic bathroom tiles are "tres chic" right now and for good reason: choose stainless steel tiles for a modern, urban look, copper tiles for a more traditional bathroom or metallic-look tiles in colours to complement your bathroom's colour scheme. Metallic bathroom tiles are an interesting and eye-catching change from flat sheets of stainless steel or copper that open up worlds of design possibilities.
     
  • Natural stone and faux stone tiles can be used alone or in combination with other tiles to create an inviting spa or hot springs atmosphere in your bathroom. You can choose between large format square tiles, elongated rectangular tiles and even pebble tiles.

 

Latest Trends in Bathroom Tile Patterns


With such a wide variety of shapes and sizes to choose from, you can really get creative when you lay your bathroom tiles. If you choose neutral colours but don't want your bathroom to look boring, create a distinctive look by laying rectangular tiles in a herringbone pattern. Do you wish you had a bathroom window? Why not create one on a feature wall by making or commissioning an intricate stained glass window effect with mosaic glass tiles on a feature wall. A good tile supplier in your area will be able to help you with ideas.

Cleverly laid tiles can make your bathroom appear longer or taller. Does your bathroom look cramped in between the shower screen and the wall? Lay long, rectangular tiles across the length of the bathtub and the space will "miraculously" appear much wider. Does your back wall appear too short? Lay rectangular tiles on edge and it will appear to be taller.

Your bathroom tiles are going to be one of the most predominant features in your bathroom, but they are not the only thing to focus on. The perfect bathroom is made up of a combination of tiles, fixtures, bathroom accessories, paint colours, lighting and other details. Start with your overall vision for your bathroom and then take a step-by-step approach to make your vision a reality. Of course, you need to take your budget into consideration, too, but you will be surprised by how much you can do even with a limited budget. Check out our HI Pages article, How to Give Your Bathroom a Makeover for tips on budget bathroom renovations.

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