Bathroom tiles - metro or not?

(26 Posts)
Headunderthecovers Tue 26-Jul-16 21:30:58

Have used crackle glaze Richmond Park metro tiles - tons of tiles- like these but cheaper - in the main bathroom with a greyish porcelain wood effect tile.

I was thinking of doing the same in the ensuite, then I could use leftover tiles, but on ordering a sample the thickness is different so they have obviously changed manufacturer. Does it look better to have consistency across bathroom/ensuite upstairs?

Bathroom/ shower suite are Burlington so a take on Victorian rather than modern and the metro tiles do seem to go well with this, but are metro looking dated now or still classic?

I am dithering before I order.
Has anyone just done a bathroom/shower room recently in a tile they love? The floor tiles I have enough of the wood effect ones to use.

wowfudge Tue 26-Jul-16 22:20:47

You'll get different opinions, but I think metro tiles are classic, especially when they don't have bevelled edges. No need to match all your bathrooms - have what you like. Is there anything which could help you identify the manufacturer of the tiles you have? You could then match them up properly.

Headunderthecovers Tue 26-Jul-16 23:45:19

Thanks, am going to look at the box of the ones I have.

I still like metro. I do like blue or green, so maybe if I can't source the others, I should go with another colour.

I do need to make my mind up sharpish though, as the fitter comes soon and everything else is ordered and ready.

Lelivre Wed 27-Jul-16 07:12:55

For me it's a nooooooooooooooo. They are absolutely everywhere. Unless you have a period property I would suggest it may well date.
But I will contradict myself and say I could have this in my house->

Lelivre Wed 27-Jul-16 07:13:46

Brick bond honed marble

Chopstick17 Wed 27-Jul-16 07:15:36

I like them and if you do then that's all that matters.

green18 Wed 27-Jul-16 07:17:12

Did my bathroom in Metro tiles 3 years ago, still looks great .

AlrightHarry Wed 27-Jul-16 07:21:27

Metro tiles are over.

captainfarrell Wed 27-Jul-16 07:30:52

Never follow trends or listen to what others tell you is in or not. Always go with what you like and what looks good you'll never be disappointed.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Wed 27-Jul-16 07:40:03

I agree, go with what you love and will enjoy living with.
Those tiles and similar make me think of prisons and asylums.

TheresaMaybutSheMayNot Wed 27-Jul-16 07:42:49

Metro tiles are a bit love or hate. I love the look (in some houses) but I have a few friends/family who absolutely loathe them and say they look like they belong in a public toilet.
Sorry OP, not very helpful there!

ShatnersBassoon Wed 27-Jul-16 07:45:59

I'm not fussed one way or the other on the look of them, but small tiles in a shower cubicle will have a lot of grouting to trap grime. Large tiles will look fresher and be easier to clean.

captainfarrell Wed 27-Jul-16 08:03:37

they look like they belong in a public toilet.

Ha ha , my DM said this, I still used them and still love them.

wowfudge Wed 27-Jul-16 10:29:21

You can get metro tiles in larger sizes too. Might be worth looking into OP.

namechangedtoday15 Wed 27-Jul-16 10:47:55

I agree, its down to you, your budget (particularly if you have tiles left over) but I don't think you need to match your ensuite and your main bathroom.

FWIW, I also think metro tiles are everywhere and a bit old hat now, but I definitely agree with the grouting point - unless you have dark coloured grout (although it will still need cleaning --too often--).

PinkSparklyPussyCat Wed 27-Jul-16 14:05:49

DH is tiling the kitchen in red metro tiles and I love them. We're going to be doing the bathroom later this year but I've already decided I want bigger tiles there - less grouting and I just don't like them in the bathroom.

cressetmama Wed 27-Jul-16 16:40:31

I love the white porcelain hexagonal subway that are very evocative of 1930s American apartment buildings. The tiler hated me, and there's lots of grouting.

Headunderthecovers Wed 27-Jul-16 20:43:28

Wow, a day at work and lots of replies.

Agree about the grout in the shower. - just not sure about what larger tile if I go for this.

Mum2KSS Thu 28-Jul-16 09:37:04

We've almost completed a renovation and extension project on our house. I've gone for tiles that I like rather than whats trendy at the moment. We've gone for metros in our loft bathroom and i think it looks great - hasn't been fully cleaned yet so floor looks grotty.

HereIAm20 Thu 28-Jul-16 14:56:41

With the Burlington style suite the metro tiles will be perfect.

A decent tiler would be able to use more adhesive/less adhesive to make sure the tiles were all level if there was a slight difference in thickness.

Go for it.

whois Thu 28-Jul-16 14:59:52

I love the look of metro tiles, but I hate small tiles for all the grouting. So I'm on the fence!

If I was safe in the knowledge that I had a cleaner coming in 2x a week to keep on top of the tiles, I'd defo get metro :-)

bookgirl1982 Thu 28-Jul-16 17:32:49

I would go for different tiles in each bathroom, rather than all the same. That way if you sell the house and the buyer doesn't like one style they won't be thinking about having to replace them all!

YelloDraw Thu 28-Jul-16 18:21:32

I love metro - love the acqua blue ones in bathrooms

ZaraW Fri 29-Jul-16 14:39:30

They are a classic design I love them. However, those Moroccan tiles which are in fashion will look v. dated in a year or two.

TremoloGreen Sat 30-Jul-16 11:37:31

I think metros are classic. Get the non-bevelled ones if you want to avoid the public convenience look. Another oprion is to get a highly glazed square tile and lay that in brick bond wth a slightly contrasting grout I think that looks effective. I agree that the moroccan style tile thing is very 70s (remembers them from first time around) and should be sent back there IMO.

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