It’s no great secret that if you’re going to prioritise any areas of your house to be redecorated, you should channel your time, money and effort into improving your kitchen and bathrooms.
Refurbished kitchens and bathrooms will not only improve the overall look and feel of your home, but will also add value to your property and make it more attractive to potential buyers if you’re looking to sell in the not-too-distant future.
Sounds simple enough, but when you actually come to the business of planning a refurb, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming.
When it comes to the bathroom, tiles usually feature somewhere in the equation. They’re easy to keep clean and a practical option in a room where water and steam are in daily abundance.
Here is a quick guide to help you when choosing new tiles for your bathroom:
- Consider whether you plan to sell your home at some stage in the future.
This will affect what kind of colour scheme you choose. More neutrals and less bold colours are traditionally popular with home buyers, who may be put off if your choices aren’t to their tastes. While many people are happy to move into a new home and put their stamp on it, some just want to be able to move in without having to think about ripping the bathroom out.
Examples of neutral tiles are travertine and polished porcelain. If you’re planning on staying put, multi-coloured mosaic-styl e tiles or bold coloured wall and floor tiles could work well.
- Visit a handful of showrooms and look at plenty of different types of tile.
Here you’ll get lots of inspiration as well as get an idea of how different sizes, textures and colours of tile look.
- Pay attention to public places around you.
Restaurants, hotels, health clubs, cafes and shops are often designed according to the latest trends and can be a fantastic way of collecting ideas about potential designs for your bathroom.
- Think about the space.
The tile you choose should work well in the space you have. For example, tiny tiles in a huge bathroom would be lost, just as large square tiles in a small bathroom won’t work. Dark tiles in a small space could make it seem even smaller too.
- How wet will the tiles be?
If the tiles will be in a shower enclosure, they’ll be much wetter than tiles around a bath which doesn’t have a shower, for example. It’s important to get this right, to save yourself time and hassle later when it comes to cleaning. Tiles which have a rough surface are more prone to mildew, mildew and limescale build-up than smooth surfaces, for example. And if you go for larger tiles, there will be less grout and fewer joins so they’ll be easier to keep clean of mould and mildew.
Rough tiles on the floor will help reduce the risk of slipping, too.
- Who will fit the tiles?
It might sound obvious, but it’s quite easy to tell the difference between a professional and an amateur tiling job. For your tiling to look spot on, a professional who tiles rooms day in, day out, is the right choice. They will not only do a great job of laying the tiles, but will also be able to provide advice about your design and the right type of tiles before you get started.
Get a range of quotes and meet with a few tillers in your local area. Many will be happy to put you in touch with some of their clients so you can see their work and speak to their customers about them to get references.
- Order some samples.
You might have to pay a small fee, but many retailers will happily provide samples so you can take your time and compare your options at home. Tiles often look very different in the showroom to how they look at home, so it’s important to make sure you are happy with the way the tile looks in the bathroom.
- Check the return policy before you order.
Many retailers will take back tiles if you change your mind before they are fitted, but some charge a hefty restocking fee and you may be liable for courier costs too. Another reason to get plenty of samples so you make the right choice before you order!
Tim Tavender is a writer with many years experience writing online articles, blogs and press releases. THis article was written with the help of Mills Build in London – www.millsbuild.com