Choosing the Right Tiles for your Bathroom

Something on our future ‘wish list’ list is a bathroom update.  Currently we have white wall tiles and a laminate floor that looks like tile, but there is no comparison to the real thing and I would love to have a fully tiled bathroom in something stylish and contemporary.

If you are embarking on a re-do of your bathroom, have you considered some of the options there are, in terms of choice of tiles?

Travertine Tiles

Travertine is a natural stone product.  Beautiful and durable, it is a popular choice for bathrooms. However, you should never use an acid or chemical cleaner when caring for the surface. Suitable cleaners for stone are readily available.  A bathroom look that appeals to a lot of people is a spa-style one and I think travertine tiles work beautifully in creating that effect.

You can even get gorgeous travertine sinks like this, I love that organic and natural look.

 

 Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are ceramic tiles that can be either be glazed or unglazed and are great for walls and floors, due to their strength.  They are much harder than ordinary ceramic tiles and, even though a bit more expensive, it is worth paying the extra for their durability.  However, these tiles are also harder to cut, which makes fitting trickier and porcelain may need sealing, where ordinary glazed tiles do not.

There is a vast range of porcelain tiles available on the market, so you will not be limited in your choice of style or colour, and they are easy to clean, not prone to cracking and will last a long time, so are a great option for the modern home.

Limestone Tiles

Limestone is a type of sedimentary stone.  Being a natural material, limestone tiles have a unique look and feel.   Highly polished tiles are slightly harder for water to penetrate than those with a matt finish, however as limestone is porous it needs to be sealed for use in a bathroom.

 Once sealed, Limestone tiles can be very successfully used in a wet room.

 

 Ultimately, the look you want to achieve and your available budget dictates what sort of tiles you go for.  Specialist tile suppliers will be able to advise what are the best tiles for your needs, within your budget.

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