Bathroom Tile Designs for Small Bathroom

Article by Ninktyaz on July 24, 2012 under Design category

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Small bathroom is a big task for every home owner. While overcoming the limited space, arranging and decorating the bathroom is being a big deal. Finding the match fixtures is one of the ways to arrange and decor. However, tiling is still being an important part in creating a beautiful small bathroom. Below are some bathroom tile designs for small bathroom that can help you to build ideas to remodel your bathroom.

Types of Bathroom Tile Designs for Small Bathroom

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There is no better place in the home for using ceramic tile than the bathroom. Ceramic is versatile, non-porous, decorative, and functional. A typical bathroom tile design will include the use of ceramic tiles for a finished surface on walls and floors. Ceramic tile design in the bathroom is nearly limitless in possibilities. Some of the more commonly used types include glazed, mosaic, glass, and unglazed. Glazed tile is fired with a glaze on the outer surface that produces a hard, super-glossy finish. The glazed type can be slippery when wet, so it is more likely to be used for walls and other vertical surfaces. Not only is the luster of glazed tiles eye-catching but it is fairly easy to clean as well. Walls and surfaces with glazed tiles are often installed in a symmetrical pattern because of the straight edges.

The other bathroom tile option is porcelain. Porcelain is the next step up with harder wearing qualities than the ceramic brother. Most people who purchase porcelain do so for the look rather than the hardness though. The square edges and the stone and marble look alike are so convincing these days. Be wary though as there are many types of porcelain around. Glazed and full bodies are the main types, with the glazed porcelain only having a small coating of glaze on the top of the tile, like icing, The full bodied tile color is even right through. This means if there is a scratch or a chip, it is less noticeable. Porcelain starts at $40 per square meter for Chinese glazed, and steps up through Chinese full bodied to Italian and Spanish tiles. The Chinese tiles can be very good, and more and more has been imported into the country over the past few years. The Italians will always have the design and style edge though.

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Mosaic tile is another option for small bathroom tile. It is available as single or multicolored glass, unglazed porcelain, and even stainless steel. Mosaic is one of the most popular bathroom designs because of the eye-stimulating colors and patterns that are possible. Some manufacturers produce mosaics of images or patterns that are pre-arranged and glued to a type of mesh netting. The netting, with the tiles already attached according to the design or image they create, is adhered to the substrate surface providing a beautiful piece of artwork. Even the most artistically challenged can have a bathroom that appears to be designed by a true Renaissance artist.

If you are looking for a truly unique yet creative design, glass tiles could be the answer. Glass tiles come in a variety of colors and may appear semi-transparent, shimmering, or reflective. In addition to glass, hand decorated tiles also provide that unique creative design. Hand decorating your own tiles or having someone else decorate them to your specifications guarantees that your bathroom will display that unique contemporary “one of a kind” design.

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Besides those tiles above, there are also some exotics tiles, such as: stone and marble. If you decide to renovate using any of the above options, the cost of the tiles is increasing as well as the cost to lay the tiles. Do not scrimp on the tiles or the price you pay to lay them. It is a specialized skill laying stone and marble and the guys who do it well charge for it. Keep in mind that this is the last thing that happens in the bathroom, and if it has to come out, you basically have to start from scratch again. Make sure you are entirely happy with the work of the stonemason before he begins. Don’t take his word for it. Make sure you get to see some of his finished material.

The Ideas of Bathroom Tile Designs for Small Bathroom

Here are some tile ideas for bathroom floor tile. If you use a solid color bathroom floor tile in your bathroom, you can add tile borders of a different color to the tile floor, or you can create a border by alternating different colors. This kind of visual treatment can create a more interesting bathroom floor. When using the same color tile for the floors and walls, choose a different tile size for the walls or lay the wall tiles horizontally or vertically to create a more interesting visual effect. The long side vertically stretches the walls up, and vice versa.

Another bathroom tile idea is to choose a grout color that contrasts with the tile color. For example, if you are using white tiles, you could use darker or grey grout for contrast. Be sure and apply sealers to grout lines in areas of heavy wear since sealers will protect and preserve grout colors.

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If your favorite color for a bathroom is pink, for example, add a few pink decorative tiles for the walls or use shapes, textures and borders to give it some visual interest. Select some rows of the walls where you can also use some of the pink tiles placed diagonally. These can draw your eye to one of the bathroom design features.

To give your bathroom a contemporary style and look, consider using bright and bold colors with shapes or graphics against plain backgrounds. Contemporary style accessories and fixtures will further provide a modern-looking bathroom. Whereas,  if you are trying to have a romantic or Victorian look in your bathroom, use floral tiles in soft colors like pink, light green or light blue plus ceramic sinks and perhaps a wooden floor. For a Mediterranean bathroom look, mix Terra-cotta tiles with Mexican or other hand-painted tiles for the floors. For the counter top perhaps mix the hand-painted tiles with another plain color tile.

Tile is relatively maintenance free and it is easy to clean, especially when glazed. Probably the biggest disadvantage of using ceramic and other tiles, especially glazed, are that cracks or chips could occur in tile that can only be repaired by replacing the individual tile. In the end, the most important thing is to pick the bathroom tile designs for small bathroom that suits your specific tastes and needs.

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