- Pick One – Have An Inspirational Tile First
Typically when we start a South London bathroom renovation our clients will have one tile that they would like to include in their design. Recently it’s often been a metro tile, or colourful Victorian floor tile. Whatever it is, take that tile as your starting point for choosing any other tiles for your bathroom design.
- Try To Keep It To AMaximum Of ThreeDifferent Tiles
Taking your first tile choice as a starting point, use it to make the decisions for the other tiles you will include in your design. If your ‘must have’ tile is colourful or contains patterns then we would normally suggest using that as the focal point of your design and pulling more subtle colours from it for your other tiles. Vice versa if your other tile is quite plain (like a white metro tile) you may want to add an element of interest with a more colourful or textured tile elsewhere. In areas like Clapham, Balham and Dulwich we see a lot of Victorian themed bathroom designs, often pairing white metro wall tiles with grey cement looking floor tiling.
Typically you will need to choose a floor tile, a wall tile for the shower/ bath area or even all of the walls in your bathroom, and in some case accent tile to be used as a focal point. This is just a guideline. Don’t be afraid to break the rules a little bit.
- Stick To One Show Stopper
We see so many beautiful bathroom tiles across our projects in South West London and we definitely encourage our clients to take a risk with a fun colour or pattern. However, if you do go for it, keep it to one. This will serve to make your bathroom timeless and create a wow factor as it won’t be competing with other elements in the room. If you are looking for inspiration, get in touch and we can show you some pictures of some great tile ideas from just some of our bathroom renovations in Clapham, Balham and the rest of South West London
- Take Maintenance Into Consideration
We don’t find too many of our South West London clients like to clean. On that basis for the wet areas in your bathroom most people will go for porcelain or ceramic tiles that are virtually maintenance free. Tiles made from natural stone, whilst looking great require more maintenance and have to be sealed. We recently renovated a bathroom in Wimbledon where the natural stone tiles were only 4 years old but were ruined as they had not been looked after. If you want to add texture with natural stone, it may be a good idea to use it on the floor or in a less wet area. Glass tiles look great on walls but are super slippery so don’t work well on the floor.
- Size Of Tiles
Particularly in some of the big house renovations we see in areas like Richmond and Barnes, larger and larger tiles are on trend at the moment. What we tend to recommend if you like this style is to use as big a floor tiles as you can and then choose the same or similar style tile cut in smaller sizes in a different area of your bathroom. This gives a real contrast, sense of space and looks great.