Planning a bathroom renovation – Tiles

When it comes to planning a bathroom renovation one of the key decisions you will make early on is whether or not you will opt to tile throughout or  just around the bath and basin.

Our current bathroom is only a small room and has tiling around the bath and basin, however when it came to thinking about our upcoming renovation we have decided to tile throughout.  With the whole room tiled it will make cleaning easier, especially after Roo and Tigger have been in the bath (it amazes me just how much of the room they can get wet).

How to plan your wall and floor tiling

Choosing the correct type of tile

If you are anything like me you maybe forgiven for thinking that a tile is just a tile, well it appears that I am indeed wrong.  There are in fact five types of tiles; ceramic, porcelain, marble, slate and quarry – to see the difference check out this tile buying guide.

Tile types

How many tiles will I need?

When we first came to look at tiles for our bathroom our builder had told use how many square metres we would need.  It wasn’t until we started looking at different sizes that I began to wonder if smaller or larger tiles would look better in our small family bathroom.  This handy tile calculator shows just how many tiles it takes to cover a square meter.  The smaller tiles we first looked at would have required 33 per square metre and I feel would have looked too busy in a small room.  The Trendino tiles we have chosen will have 10 tiles per square metre and I feel will look so much better whilst hopefully making the room appear larger.

Tile calculator

Tiling patterns

Who said that tiles have to be placed in a grid like pattern? There is of course nothing wrong with this however, why not try different layouts to see whether you can find a pattern that is more appealing.  We have chosen rectangular tiles (200mm x 500mm) and after seeing a display in our local B&Q store we have opted to have our bathroom tiled in a brick like design.  We did layout out a staggered design on the floor of our local store however I feel our tiles are too long to get the right effect.   With the addition of a border tile going around the room we’re hoping that this will give the appearance of a larger room.

Time for tiling

Successful tiling relies on planning, to achieve a symmetrical design you must centre the pattern, with cut tiles of equal size at the end of the rows.  I suggest taking a look at this starters guide to tiling in order to plan how many tiles you will require per row and how to line your tiles up horizontally and vertically. 

Disclosure: This post is brought to you in collaboration with B&Q

 

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  1. September 28, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    Thank you this is really useful. I have to be honest and say I hadn’t even thought about that – was too busy thinking about colours. My oh said he had thought about it. Who knew so much went into planning a bathroom.

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