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  1. Bathroom tiles – mix it up or make it match?

    Bathroom tiles – mix it up or make it match?

    When it comes to choosing bathroom tiles, one of the questions we’re often asked is whether to use the same colour and style of tile throughout the whole room or to combine contrasting tiles, for example with a darker tile on the floor and lighter on the walls. The simple answer is that there’s no right or wrong when deciding whether to mix or match, it really comes down to your own personal taste. But to try and help, here we take a look at both options.

    Mix it up

    Combining different tiles within your bathroom can add interest to the design and allow you to create a more obvious style statement. One of the simplest ways to mix different tiles is to choose the same design but use different shades to add contrast. For example, you could choose our Hangar range of porcelain tiles and use the darker Grey colour on the floor and the lighter Pearl shade on the walls. Or even use a mix of both shades on the walls, perhaps with three walls in one colour and one feature wall in a different yet complementary shade. There are sometimes practical considerations when deciding whether to mix or match. For example in a busy family bathroom you may want to stick with simple white gloss tiles on your walls but use a darker tile, matt finish tile on the floor as it won’t show up dirt as much and provides a more slip-resistant finish.

    For a subtle yet sophisticated mix and match bathroom design you could combine the same tile in different finishes. At Tile Trader we visit many international tiles and interiors trade shows, and this is a trend that we’ve really seen developing over the last couple of years. For example, combining the gloss and matt options of our Calcutta or Marmy elongated 20x114cm plank ranges would give your bathroom a stunning finish, reminiscent of a high end boutique hotel.

    For even more contrast you could select tiles from completely different ranges to create your own unique look. For example you could give your bathroom a contemporary industrial feel by mixing distressed wood effect tiles, concrete effect tiles and white or cream Metro or Country tiles in a retro brick shape. You can even mix tiles in different materials. A natural stone split face feature wall in your bathroom will look really striking against a simple ceramic or porcelain tile. Just make sure you read the specification details of the tiles you’re selecting to check they’re suitable for floors, wet areas etc.

    Mosaics offer even more options when it comes to mixing up colours, style and textures, and they’re a great way to create features or highlight different zones within your bathroom. A vertical strip of mosaics behind your sink, toilet or shower can really bring your bathroom to life.

    Make it match

    If you prefer to play it safe and keep all your bathroom tiles co-ordinated, we have plenty of ranges to choose from which can either be used on both the walls and floor, or that offer matching wall tiles and floor tiles in different sizes. And remember, safe doesn’t mean boring. Using the same tile design throughout your entire bathroom can give a really stunning premium look. It can also help to make small spaces appear bigger, especially if you choose a light coloured tile with a gloss finish.

    Natural stone effect tiles are one of the most popular styles for using throughout the bathroom. Our Java range comes in a choice of different stone effect patterns that look just like real stone but offer all the practical benefits of porcelain and ceramic tiles. By combining the gloss ceramic wall tiles with matching satin finish porcelain floor tiles you can create a fully co-ordinated look but with the added safety of having a satin finish on the floor rather than gloss.

    Even when you choose to tile your bathroom with just one design, you can still add interest with contrasting textures. For example our Java, Tones and Hangar ranges all feature co-ordinating structured wall tiles. Printed with the same design as the flat wall tiles but with a structured finish, they’re ideal for creating contemporary borders or feature walls.

    The verdict?

    As you can see there are almost endless possibilities and both options have their benefits. For inspiration, home interiors magazines and Pinterest are always a good place to start. Find images of other people’s bathrooms that are in tune with your own personal style and take note of whether they’ve used the same tile throughout or combined different styles. Although the amount of options may seem daunting at first you’ll soon get a feel for which style you prefer. Then once you’ve got a style in mind and have found tiles that could fit the bill, it’s always wise to order samples so you can have a look at how the different combinations work in real life. Good luck with choosing your bathroom tiles, and if you’d like any advice we’re always here to help – just send us an email, give us a call or use our live chat facility and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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  2. Rustic Tiles

    Rustic Tiles

    If you want your home to look fresh and contemporary but not necessarily sleek and minimal then why not consider using rustic ceramic wall tiles with a handmade appearance to create a lived in, homely feel? Anything with a retro or vintage feel is big news in interior design at the moment, along with items that look hand crafted, so these tiles tick both boxes and will ensure your kitchen or bathroom is on-trend.

    With a rich glossy finish and gently undulating surface, our Country range replicates hand crafted artisan tiles and the 10mm thickness gives a real feel of quality. As they’re ceramic they’re easy to install and maintain and give walls a practical, easy to clean finish. The most traditional size for this type of tile is a 7.5x15cm brick format, which remains a firm favourite, but as the style has seen a resurgence in popularity over recent years new elongated formats have also been added, such as 25x5cm or even 50x5cm.

    Rustic gloss wall tiles are more versatile than they may initially seem. Their small format makes them ideal for kitchen splashbacks and they perfectly complement classic country and painted Shaker style kitchens, however they can also be used to give more modern and minimal kitchens a contemporary vintage twist. Paired with reclaimed wood and concrete (or wood and concrete effect tiles of course), they can be styled to create the industrial look that is so popular at the moment. For a softer, more homely style combine them with wooden accessories and splashes of pastel colours.

    Not just for kitchens, rustic tiles also look stunning on bathroom walls. They can be used behind a sink to create a simple splashback, tiled part way up the wall with a painted area above, or even used floor to ceiling. They look equally effective whether they’re used with a traditional freestanding claw foot bath or a more modern suite. Dining rooms, hallways and even living rooms can be dressed up with our Country range of tiles.

    White and cream are the most common colours for this style of tile, but we’re increasingly seeing other hues being introduced too. Grey is one of the hottest interior colours of 2016 and this style of tile really lends itself to either light or dark shades of grey. Other colours such as sage and duck egg also work well in this style, especially when they’re muted with slightly grey undertones. A contrasting grout colour can help to accentuate the rustic finish, for example using dark grey grout with white tiles creates a striking feature. It’s also very practical for kitchen walls as darker grout won’t show dirt as much as white grout. 

    Brick shaped tiles are classically laid in a landscape brick bond pattern, where each tile is offset half the width of the tile above. However this isn’t the only option for this type of tile – other layout patterns such as herringbone, portrait or even diagonal will look just as effective and can transform a classic tile into a contemporary design statement. For more inspiration on how to use these popular and versatile tiles why not have a look at our Tile Trends – Rustic Country Pinterest board and start planning your own dream kitchen or bathroom.

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