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Autor/a: John Doe Fecha de publicación: 19/10/2023 Última edición: 28/05/2024

Tile combination for small bathrooms

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    The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in any home. It is a place of relaxation, self-care and often a space where we begin and end our days. However, in many homes, bathrooms can be quite small, which can present challenges when designing and decorating.

    However, knowing which tiles to choose as well as how to control the combination of tiles can help us to make a small bathroom much more visually spacious. If some time ago we focused on exploring the best tile combinations for bathrooms, now we are going to put the focus on those which are small in size.

    Thus, from Dune, as experts in bathroom tiles, we will explore, in this article, several creative ideas for the combination of tiles in small bathrooms that will help you create an attractive and functional space at the same time.

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    The importance of a good choice of tiles for small bathrooms

    Before we dive into tile combination ideas for small bathrooms it is important to understand why tiles are a fundamental part of the design of these rooms. In a bathroom, every square inch counts and choosing the right tiles can make a huge difference to how we perceive the space. Here are some reasons why using tiles in small bathrooms is an important decision:

    • Reflectivity. Reflective tiles, such as ceramic or glass tiles, can spread light throughout the space, creating a feeling of spaciousness.
    • Moisture resistance. Bathrooms are naturally damp places, and tiles are water resistant, making them ideal for this area.
    • Cleaning and maintenance. Tiles are easy to clean and maintain, which is essential in an environment that requires constant hygiene.
    • Diversity of designs. There is a wide range of tiles with different patterns, colours and sizes, allowing you to customise your bathroom according to your tastes and needs.
    • Durability. Tiles are resistant to wear and tear and have a long lifespan, ensuring that your investment in bathroom design lasts over time.

    9 creative ideas for combining tiles for small bathrooms

    As we have seen, the use of tiles in the bathroom can offer us a wide range of possibilities to give a unique touch to an important room in our home. Tiles help us to transmit our personality and style in the decoration and are a great source of inspiration, allowing us to create spaces adapted to any decorative style.

    Below, we are going to take a look at different trends in bathroom decoration that will show us different ideas for combining tiles for small bathrooms and gaining space in the attempt. Will you join us?

    1. Tiles in light colours

    One of the most effective strategies to visually enlarge a small bathroom is to use light-coloured tiles. Colours such as white, beige, light grey or pale blue can make the space appear larger and brighter. You can use light-coloured tiles on the walls and floor to maximise this effect.

    2. White and blue: a Mediterranean classic for your bathroom

    Following the purest Mediterranean style, an effective combination is to use white tiles on the walls and pale blue tiles on the floor. This creates a fresh and relaxing atmosphere reminiscent of the beach and conveys a sense of calm and tranquillity. Blue tiles can even evoke the feeling of being by the water, making the bathroom a place of escape and a relaxing area in your home.

    3. Use the same colour on walls and floor

    One way to match tiles for small bathrooms is to use the same colour and pattern on both walls and floor. This creates a sense of continuity and avoids visual interruptions that can make the space appear smaller than it is.

    4. Metro tiles: a safe bet

    'Metro' tiles are a popular choice for small bathrooms. These rectangular tiles are known for their elegant and timeless appearance, their diversity of colours and the fact that they can be laid in different patterns for a unique look.

    A combination idea could be to combine white underground tiles on the walls with mosaic details in the shower or in a decorative strip. The contrast between the underground tiles and the mosaics adds visual interest without overwhelming the space.

    5. Patterned tiles

    Don't be afraid to incorporate patterned tiles in a small bathroom. Patterns can add character and personality to the space. However, it is important to use them sparingly and in specific areas to avoid making the bathroom look too cluttered.

    For example, an effective strategy is to use patterned tiles on a single wall, such as the wall behind the sink or shower. Combine these with solid-coloured tiles on the floor to maintain balance and keep the space from looking too crowded.

    6. Three-dimensional tiles

    Three-dimensional tiles, with textures and reliefs, are a design trend that can add depth and style to a small bathroom. An example of a successful combination would be to use three-dimensional tiles on one of the walls and complement them with a marble floor. The three-dimensional tiles add a striking element to the space, while the marble adds elegance and more restraint.

    7. Mosaic tiles

    Mosaic is a classic choice for small bathrooms because of its versatility and beauty. Mosaic tiles can be used in a variety of patterns and colours to create a unique ambience. A popular choice is to line a wall with mosaic tiles in the shower or behind the sink. Complement this choice with a porcelain floor in a neutral colour to keep the look balanced and not too cluttered.

    8. Herringbone pattern tiles

    The herringbone pattern, also known as herringbone, is a tile layout that adds a touch of elegance to any small bathroom. Use the herringbone pattern on the bathroom walls and complement this design with a wooden floor. This combination creates a sense of luxury and sophistication in a small space.

    9. Black and white tiles: a classic that never goes wrong

    The black and white tile combination is a classic that never goes out of style. This colour duo can be used in a variety of styles, from retro to contemporary. Use black and white tiles on the walls and complement the design with a black marble floor. This combination is elegant and timeless, making the small bathroom feel luxurious.

    Tips for combining small tiles in the bathroom

    We are already clear about the different ideas for combining small tiles in the bathroom, but what general advice should we follow to apply these ideas and not fall into spaces that are too saturated or not aesthetically pleasing? Take good note!

    • Proper proportion. Make sure that the proportion between the tiles is balanced. Do not saturate the space with tiles everywhere; use patterns and colours in a strategic way, that combine well with each other and help you achieve that feeling of spaciousness.
    • Transitional tiles. Consider the need for transitional tiles for a cleaner, more uniform look at corners and edges.
    • Grout colour. The colour of the tile joint is very important as it can determine the final appearance of a design. The same tile with a different grout colour can give a very different result.
    • Adequate lighting. Lighting is essential in small bathrooms. Make sure there is enough light to highlight the tiles and create a welcoming atmosphere.
    • Strategic mirrors. Mirrors can make a bathroom appear larger by reflecting light and space. Consider using a large mirror or multiple mirrors instead of just one.

    The choice of tiles and their combination in small bathrooms is essential to create a visually spacious, functional and attractive space. From light coloured tiles to three-dimensional designs and black and white combinations, the possibilities are endless. When considering tile choices, consider your personal preferences, the style of your home and the feel you want to achieve in your bathroom. With the right combination of tiles, you can transform your small bathroom into an oasis of beauty and functionality.

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