Main approaches to tiling

Let's look at the things by which you can change the decor – ornamented and patterned tiles, that are sold apiece, not by a square meter, and thus always increase the total cost of the bathroom design.


Use the monotonous tiles of different colors from the same collection. Factories often produce multiple variations of shades of the same design. It will work in your favor, as you will be able to create the simple but interesting combinations at the same time, applying the principles of laying, described below.

It is important to understand that it is better to select the samples of one manufacturer; it guarantees you a similar product quality and thickness of the tiles. It is not really difficult to pay attention to these nuances during the purchase, but in the future it will save you and your construction team from the unnecessary nerve-racking, while laying the tiles that "do not fit".


The frequent use of volumetric parts has become one of the latest innovations in the design of ceramic tiles. The so-called 3D effect will allow you to work even with the surfaces of identical colors. In this case they will look completely different. Light refraction in the tile geometry creates a bunch of very unusual visual effects. Support and strengthen this effect by using directed beams of artificial light or backlight of mirror or other decorative element in the bathroom.


In most cases bathrooms have a rather complex geometry. There are a lot of shelves, corners, partitions, superstructures and other required facilities and architectural compositions. Do not apply the uniform tiles in this case, as it will be better to lay these design elements with the samples of different sizes. Also, in this case, try to play with a thickness of tile joints. You can use a minimum thickness to achieve the complete similarity of colors when working with materials that imitate the natural items, such as wood, stone, cork, etc. It is possible to further emphasize this feature when trowelling the tiles of fancy and unusual shape by using thick joints and contrasting color paint that might fill the gaps between the elements.

Key tiling techniques

Now look at the options for the location of accents in the bathroom. A top view on the average bathroom was shown for the sake of convenience, and the color spots on it mark the intended areas of application of the tiles, different from the background one by certain characteristics (we have mentioned them above).


First of all, consider the layout of your own bathroom. In most cases, vertical lines may successfully emphasize the static objects. It can be a washbasin with a mirror, a toilet bowl, a shower cabin, bath or towel dryer. You should properly calculate location and permissible width of lines and strips, start laying the tile not "from the corner", but relying on the established dimensions and the breakdown, to avoid the displacement.  It is better not to break off the vertical lines, but to finish them near the ceiling (the method of laying the tile to the door trim level is used rather often). By doing this, you will not create the effect of the room height division, and it may greatly affect its overall perception.




If the furniture in your bathroom is arranged so tightly that any vertical lines will not be seen there, you can use the horizontal design method. You need to make the breakdown into one or more horizontal lines by rebounding from the height of washbasin and mirror location (to capture the space between them). It may be a wide strip along the entire perimeter, or even 2-5 of them of the same size or located within a particular gradation by width and the distance between the strips. Here it will be better to be guided primarily by the final arrangement of the furniture and large items in order not to get into the trap, when the tiling looks great at the decoration stage, and then simply gets "lost" after the installation of sanitary ware and other devices.




This method will catch fancy for those who like the pieceless tiling of the beautiful stone or large slabs. You need to look at the plan of the room and separate the walls into two categories. For example, we will lay the light tiles on some walls, and the dark ones on the others. Ideally, they should always fit with the opposite color in the corners. This will create a certain visual contrast, thus you will be able to properly highlight the areas that really need more attention. In case of the rectangular architecture of the room, these will be the parallel walls, but in other cases you have to work out the color schemes on your own, depending on the individual arrangement of the walls and their joints.




This method is a lot like the previous one, but the only difference is that it requires a much larger space for zoning. In the first case you need to divide the space as if separating the objects and furniture, on the contrary, the groups are created by this method. Thus you can "unite" the toilet bowl + bidet or the washbasin + narrow closet + bath into one block. The choice is already determined here not only by the sense, but also by the actual location, as the items of sanitary ware, standing not far from each other and made in the same style, can potentially be combined by the same tiles in a vertical plane.



Remember, there is nothing contemptible in the simplicity. On the contrary, its mobility is attractive. Straight shapes and laconic color schemes are perceived easier and you will get bored with them more slowly. In addition, you have the renovated room with the limitless potential. It can be transformed with the help of the decor and accessories in the future, thus you may create the new moods and compositions.