If you’re fitting a new bathroom or simply giving your bathroom a bit of a makeover, you’ll probably be buying bathroom wall tiles.
Tiling is a great task to have a go at if you’re new to DIY. It’s not too difficult and even a beginner can get professional results if you take your time and do some research on how best to fit tiles. However there are also plenty of professional tilers out there that you can hire to do the job for you.
Choosing your tiles can be a little overwhelming at first. The types, colours and styles of tile available seems to increase all the time. A good way to get an idea of what is available is to spend some time browsing online tile shops. This way you’ll be able to see a whole lot of tiles very quickly. It’s the quickest and easiest way to see just what is available.
The most common tile sizes are 15cm x 15cm (6″ x 6″), 20cm x 20cm (8″ x 8″), 20cm x 25cm (8″ x 10″), 20cm x 30cm (8″ x 12″) and 30cm x 40cm (12″ x 15.75″).
You must also bear in mind when choosing tiles that if you are considering laying the same tiles on the wall as you are on the floor that you must use floor tiles for this job. Bathroom wall tiles are often not tough enough to be laid on the floor and may crack. If in doubt email your online tile supplier for advice or ask in your local DIY store.
A good rule of thumb is to assess the size of your room. Choose large tiles for a large room and small ones for a small room. Not only will this look better, but in a large room it will save you time if you’re using larger tiles.
It’s a good idea to buy all your tiles at once so you’re less likely to get tiles from different batches that might have slight differences in the colours. If you do find you make a mistake and underestimate the amount of tiles you need and have to buy from a different batch at a later date then don’t worry. Simply jumble up the tiles so any slight variation will look as though it is intentional. You can sometimes buy mismatched batches of tiles cheaply in DIY stores, so it’s a good tip to put into practice if you’re on a budget.
When you buy your tiles always buy some extra. Five to ten percent would be a good idea. You are bound to need to cut some tiles to fit. You’re not going to get this right every single time. You may well crack a few as well while you’re working. It’s useful too to keep some for the future, so if one should crack months later, you’ll have an exact replacement, rather than having to scour the shops for a match. Tile fashions change regularly, so trying to match tiles bought some time ago can be very tricky as ranges are often discontinued as the new tile trends come in.