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The Beauty of Bathroom Tiling

Roman Bathrooms

We love tiles here at Roman Bathrooms but appreciate that for many of our customers choosing the right tiles for the bathroom can be daunting.

We keep an exceptionally large selection of floor and wall tiles in the showroom and all of our displays have tiles incorporated so they can be seen insitu.

There are so many choices now in terms of materials, finishes, colours and textures it can be difficult to know where to start but the good news is that there will be a tile that is just right for you – and we are here to help.

Tiles are a perfect choice for walls and floors in bathrooms because they are easy to clean, hard wearing and hygienic, they are also simple to maintain and look great.

The most expensive option will be a natural stone such as marble, slate, travertine or limestone. As a true natural product these tiles will be individual with varying patterns, providing a unique and luxurious finish to any bathroom.  They will vary in terms of how moisture-sensitive and moisture-resistant they are but all need some kind of finish to seal them and require maintenance to keep them looking good.

Marble tiles are one of the most common and are typically available in grey or cream colours with different veins of colour running through them. Travertine is very distinctive, it has a pitted, mottled texture and an even, light beige colour and is often chosen for the texture and ‘ancient roman’ look it provides.

Limestone is less dense than marble and travertine and its natural colour will be beige, grey and off-white. It is prone to scratching and staining if it hasn’t been thoroughly treated and, therefore, is best used as a wall tile.

Slate tiles can be used in bathrooms for those wanting a dramatic modern look. The rich, dark colours can have a stunning impact.

If your budget will not stretch to natural stone, then all is not lost as there are many porcelain and ceramic tiles that can mimic the look.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are similar but porcelain are more impervious to moisture and less susceptible to absorption. It is a denser tile that can be more hardwearing and therefore usually more expensive.  Both are available in a wide range of colours, patterns and sizes and suitable for both walls and floors.

Porcelain tiles are excellent conductors of heat, making them ideal for underfloor heating, for an added touch of luxury.
Introduce mosaics and glass to add interest and style.  There are some stunning mosaic patterns with metallic and shimmer that can add a dramatic element to a bathroom design.

Or if you have bold design aspirations then consider adding a feature wall in a contrasting tile, block colour, different shade or a pattern which can make a focal point for the room.

When choosing colours and sizes, then a general rule of thumb is that whites and neutrals will make a space feel a bit bigger and small tiles with lots of grouting in-between will also   make the room feel smaller.

It is possible to have a darker colour scheme in a small bathroom by adding extra lights and flashes of lighter colours to add contrast. A gloss finish will help bounce light around the room, although gloss tiles do need to be cleaned more frequently than those with a matt finish.

Tiling should be considered at the beginning of the process rather than at the end to make best use of them and enhance the overall design.

If you don’t know where to start on your bathroom project then call in and have a chat with one of our designers soon.  In the meantime take a look at our bathroom gallery here for some inspirational ideas.