Posted on February 10th, 2016 by Artisan Stone
People spend a lot of time in the bathroom throughout the day; getting ready and showering in the morning, going to the bathroom, or brushing their teeth at night. Since you’re going to be in there so often, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t look just as cohesively designed as any other room of the house.
The complete look of your bathroom is strongly influenced by tile choice. Material choice, finish, and pattern all come together to create a whole. Preparing your design can mean juggling a lot of choices, and not all of those choices can be immediately apparent or easy to digest, so we’ve put together a shortlist of ideas and inspirations to transform your space.
Jura Beige – Artisan Stone
Try texturing with different tile cuts. Notice in the above image how the smaller tiling on sink surfaces helps lend geometrical complexity to the smoothness of the room and break it up a little.
In addition to this, using larger tiling on the floor makes your bathroom appear larger (and is easier to clean to boot). Save small tiling for places with human interaction, such as sinks, towel areas, and the interior of a shower cubicle. It helps to make them appear more intimate, and draws the eye to them as focal points.
Remember that this is a lived space that you’re going to be using often. As we said before, a major advantage of large tiling is that it’s easy to clean (less grouting, and more flat surface to quickly mop). It’s an important, but overlooked distinction when looking for tiling cuts and surfaces, but an uneven or overly textured cut with small tiling can turn cleaning from a routine into a chore.
Jura Grey – Artisan Stone
It’s worth pointing out that for the vast majority of cases, a coherent style in colour and texture for both the floors and wall of your bathroom is your best bet. Similar patterned light, low contrasting tile surfaces help your bathroom look larger — especially important in high density urban housing.
Despite this, it’s important to understand how contrast works too. The black speckled separator lining between the floor and wall helps break up what would otherwise be a fairly one-dimensional flow without breaking the colour scheme. This is especially important when using pale colours such as greys in the bathroom; since most fixtures are white, there’s not much room for strong contrasts without deliberately accommodating them.
If you’re blessed with a great view from your bathroom, consider opening up with a glass ‘feature wall’ – one-sided, of course, we don’t want to be baring all for the world to see. This works well in conjunction with the space-widening effect of light tiling.
Dark tiling has it’s own space in the world of bathrooms. Dark tiles are more intimate and cosy (although at the cost of making a room seem a little smaller), and very easy to contrast against white bathroom fixtures for an air of elegance.
Medium Travertine Porcelain – Artisan Stone
As you might have been able to notice from our other examples, seamless bathrooms without many connectors or walls are very in right now. A polished, tiled, and simple look of any finish is extremely conducive to this look (but be doubly careful when planning for drainage).
A heavily textured material such as travertine can be very loud and messy if applied to the entirety of a room, but looks beautiful as a floor with conventional walling or a more muted tile. When in doubt, err on the side of caution; it’s better to be a bit plain than too cluttered.
Natural stone pieces are perfect as feature walls, or to give your bathroom a more natural edge. They can be very expensive, but can look simply stunning in the right circumstances.
Helsinki Grey Timber Look Tiles – Artisan Stone
Cultivating a more rustic look, like the Helsinki Grey Timber Look tiles pictured above, can transform the mood of your bathroom entirely. In this example, they’ve gone for a contemporary play on old farmhouse washrooms, but it’s easy to see how a browned or reddened wood tile might change it entirely into an olden timey bathhouse or sauna room.
An often overlooked consideration for tiling is grouting choice. A dark grout contrasted against pale wooden flooring such as this heightens the illusion, but against some tiling a dark grout will adds contrast, wanted or unwanted. If you’re going for a low contrasting look, consider using a lighter grouting, and vice versa for high contrast.