Make a Small Room Feel Bigger with Tiles

It may be true that the best things come in small packages, but unfortunately it’s not that cut and dry when it comes to finding the best size of floor and wall tiles for a small bathroom.

Make a Small Room Feel Bigger with Tiles

How to make a small room feel bigger with wall and floor tiles

Large tiles do make a room feel more spacious but only in a good-sized room. In a small bathroom they don’t work quite so well and will tend to swamp the room if they’re too large. Also, if there are lots of cuts involved, then this can just look messy. However, if there are fewer cuts and the grout colour matches the tile colour then the end result can be quite impressive.

On the other hand, small tiles such as mosaics, and their many grout lines, can make the overall effect look a little busy in a small room. However, this is not the case with our Hexagon Onice Mosaic. These delightful little hexagonal tiles would look just stunning adorning the walls of a small bathroom.

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Medium sized tiles certainly need not be boring. Consider for instance our Hall range, with its stunning linear surface detail. This tile can be given more personality by combining it with its turquoise sibling, the Hall Turquoise Listel in areas around the bath or shower.

White is always a winner in a small space, especially in a bathroom so we would suggest white metro tiles. Our Brick Blanco metro tiles are crisp and classic with a slightly uneven texture for an effect that bounces light around the bathroom and creates a bright and airy haven. You can add a coloured grout for interest, or you can keep the grout white too, but avoid a clinical look by adding colour elsewhere in the room. Alternatively, if you’re not a fan of white then consider our Mendip Beige Scored Stone Effect Wall Tile, a beautiful creamy beige colour wall tile, which adds a space-enhancing but calming effect to any bathroom.

Additional tricks for a small bathroom is to create the illusion of space by using mirrors and good lighting, particularly a mix of ceiling and wall lights to bounce light into all those corners and create a light and spacious bathing sanctuary.

Large Format vs Mosaic Tiles

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Preferences for wall tile sizes are becoming more divided. Large format tile or small mosaic gems are replacing regular four and half inch square tiles. So which do you go for? Well, generally it depends on the size of room and the look you’re trying to achieve but consider these pros and cons of each and you’ll make a more informed decision.

A tile or stone larger than 16” x 16” is generally described as ‘large format’. Large format tiles expand the space so are good for smaller rooms, although in really small rooms they can look a bit overpowering. They are easy to maintain; there is less grout due to fewer joins and narrow grout joint widths and more tile surface so cleaning them is easier than regular tiles (it is easier to clean a tiles’ surface than to clean grout). The large surface area makes the space look cleaner, and avoids the checkerboard look of regular sized tiles.

Large format tiles can be used both for traditional style bathrooms and kitchens and more modern sleek styles too. They are good for a minimalist streamlined look, and add a timeless accent to your room.

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The large format tile is not without its negative points. The larger the tile the more likely there’ll be problems with lippage, where one edge of a tile is higher than an adjacent tile, giving the finished surface an uneven appearance, but a good tile fitter will not have a problem with this.

At the other end of the scale mosaic tiles can be used for a multitude of surfaces besides bathroom walls or kitchen backsplashes. They can be used around washbasins, as an accent strip or mural in a shower area as well as on horizontal surfaces. Mosaic floor tiles look especially stunning on a small floor areas such as a fireplace hearth. They come in a multitude of styles, colours and materials and add instant depth and interest to any part of the room. Laying mosaic tiles is also relatively simple; they are easy to shape and cut around any piece of wall or surface. They are easy to remove and replace if damaged and, being small there won’t be a problem with lippage.