Help me chose tiles for my bathroom

(14 Posts)
wigwam33 Wed 14-Nov-12 20:00:04

Hi Whoneedssleepanyway
I've just been choosing tiles for our downstairs loo so I can empathise! I think colour and style is such a personal choice but I do wonder whether these metro style tiles will date quite quickly? I don't know but we've decided against them for that reason and gone for something more simple / classic. Also other reason is that with the metro style they are q small so there's more grout to clean!

One tip that I've picked up along the way is to try and go for floor and wall tiles of approximately the same size. Because our room is small, we're going for a rectangular tile in a mottled brown colour - 20x50cm on the floor - with white gloss tiles up to window height of approximately the same size. Then a small border around the edge of the same colour as the floor. We've gone with a local tile company which are better quality and better service.

ISeeSmallPeople Wed 14-Nov-12 16:17:34

I always choose floor first. Non slip tiles with dark grout, or vinyl, depending on subfloor.

Then wall tiles. I hate tiles, so only tile the absolute minimum, that way I can change the walls & decor at whim smile

Always large white tiles, as large as the room can take ( less grout see, I also hate grout). Small border to add interest & colour to go with floor. Standard size of border, so I can change it easily too.

If he likes the sage metro, I'd use it as a border, & have metro white for the bulk of it.

We have those metro tiles in our kitchen (pic on profile), if you want to see what they look like on an actual wall. I'm not sure they'd be that great all over the whole wall though. It'd probably be too much. You could do white metro tiles with the sage green for interest. That would probably be lovely. They look lovely against our white units.

I shall go away now. blush

Oh and when we convert the loft and do the shower room up there I am definitely choosing the floor first. I want mad feathers or bubbles or multicoloured checkered tiles....

And the alternative is to chose your flooring first - get a wild, mad vinyl or vinly tile and go from there. Cath Kidson? Feathers? That will help narrow down the focus. And also help you avoid the "OK tiles on the wall. Oh shit....wtf can we put on the floor to go with that...."

Try here for floor www.harveymaria.co.uk/

Find a smaller, independent tile show room in your area (not Topps - too big and overwhelming and although some staff can be great others are pants) and ask for help. I found my both bathroom tiles by asking the chap in our local one (Marabese ceramics in Letchworth). He was fab. Suggested some beige/sludge big tiles for the ensuite (sound grim but have an amazing texture that is very soft and tactile looking - you think they are almost suede). I also had a vague idea of big tiles in a brick shape/pattern for the main bathroom and he suggested an amazing Italian one that was slightly bigger than metro but concave rather than bevelled. These look fab too.

For the ensuite in particular I just said "It is small, no natural light, I don't want white." and he took me instantly to the tiles I ended up with.

See if you can find any local recommendations.

Yorky Tue 13-Nov-12 13:42:48

We're doing mainly large white tiles in our new shower room, with a stripe of these behind the shower, and a panel of them behind the loo and sink to give contrast against the white porcelain.
Could you do something similar with your metro tiles to break it up a bit?

groutperfect Tue 13-Nov-12 09:59:33

Whenever you choose Floor Tiles that time Tiles is not Slippery and gets your tiling tools together. Its better to make sure that our bathroom should looks good have every Tile Cleaning Tile Cleaning products and well organized.

RatherNot Tue 29-May-12 18:19:48

I've just done three bathrooms in central(ish) London and choosing the tiles was a nightmare. After endless visits to endless stores, in desperation I ended up with the same beige 60x60 tiles in all three bathrooms - matt on floor, polished on walls... and still don't like them much. Plus the colour looks so different in my house compared to the showroom - more sludge than beige although they're defo the same tile.

I think we're overwhelmed with choice now - in fact, OH used to become visibly distressed anytime we entered hell, AKA the local tile shop.

Anyway, I love travertine, too, but was told it was dated but have you looked at porcelein fake travertine - think it's called travertino. I think it looks really nice and is less high maintanance than the real thing. That said, I've had limestone/natural stone in my last few bathrooms and they were incredibly easy to look after - provided they were sealed properly - not high maintanance at all. Good luck!

I really like them, but I think you have to use them sparingly, as in not above dado rail height. Perhaps with a fawny coloured paint? and white woodwork etc.

Whoneedssleepanyway Tue 29-May-12 15:42:40

I really love that sort of look Lulabella smile

here is alternate link here

I can't view your link (My work deems it offensive content hmm) but I love metro tiles and was considering sage green for our kitchen.

I love this look

http://www.houzz.com/photos/243150/Everett-Residence-powder-room-traditional-powder-room-seattle

Whoneedssleepanyway Tue 29-May-12 15:25:56

We are having a new shower room put in as part of our loft conversion, we have chosen the fittings but really struggling with wall and floor tiles.

We have gone for plain white sink, loo, shower cubicle with sliding door.

I really like the beige stone type tiles (travertine etc) but DH says he doesn't like these and thinks everyone has their bathrooms like this and also my friend told me these are really high maintenance to look after as they are porous.

DH likes the bevelled edge brick type tiles, he wants to go for these in a sage green colour, I am really unsure about this. these

No idea what to go for, when we looked round tile showroom there was just so much choice it was a bit overwhelming.

The only thing we agree on is we don't like the little mosaic type tiles.

What tiles do you have in your bathroom and do you love them?

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