Similar to our past post on how to select the right tile for your kitchen, where we had shared some exclusive tips for tile shopping, taking into consideration the all-important aspects of design, functionality, and affordability – we are back with a list of dos and don’ts of selecting bathroom tiles for your home.
As per usual, we have divided this guide into two segments. First, we will discuss some tips for selecting the best bathroom tiles. Afterwards, we will share a list of the best types of bathroom tiles that you can choose to install in your house.
So, let’s get tiling!
Dos and Don’ts of Selecting Bathroom Tiles
Picking the right tiles for your washroom more to do than just the colour and pattern. You have to be well aware of the basics to make a decision that’s aesthetically pleasing and practical. Tiles have the ability to add a touch of luxury to even the most basic of bathrooms. You might already know that bathroom tiles are available in several materials that are both practical and affordable. Whether you go for ceramic or glass, there are certain dos and don’ts of selecting bathroom tiles for your home in Pakistan that you should be aware of.
That said, here are some of the tips for selecting the best bathroom tiles to further clarify our point:
Do: Go for Simplicity
The base of your washroom is something that can give it a unique character and add elegance to it. Tiles speak volumes and aren’t certainly cheap enough for you to replace every now and then. The best trick for selecting the best bathroom tiles is to opt for simple designs with simple textures, something that is timeless and suits well with the current theme of the house. When in doubt, opt for white subway tiles without any second thoughts.
Don’t: Opt for Complex Designs
As mentioned earlier, tiles aren’t inexpensive to reinstall and can’t be changed every now and then. It is alright to go overboard and flaunt the extravagant features of your house, but you shouldn’t risk it with something that requires a lot of money and energy to be replaced. Decorative or busy designs such as borders, inlays, busy mosaics, and accent tiles are also a big no if you want your washroom to look timeless.
Do: Use Coordinating Colours
If you are renovating your bathroom on your own without any professional help, it might get a little trickier to coordinate the colours of the floor and walls. Not to mention, the bathroom’s theme should also sit well with the rest of the house. So, when you are shopping for bathroom tiles, invest some time in due diligence. Also, take a rough sketch of the bathroom with you, have some pictures [of the base of your house] with yourself, and ask a friend to join in for a second opinion. Pick up coordinating colours that highlight other features of your bathroom rather than overshadowing them. If you are still in doubt, you can list the help of the top interior designers in Pakistan and leave your worries to the professionals.
Don’t: Expect for it to Work
Washroom tiles require more maintenance than other portions of your house, and the situation gets worse if it’s a common washroom. Therefore, you should be extremely picky about the designs, texture, quality, and colour. Do not just buy anything that looks good and expect it to work later. Tiles can last a decade if they are chosen with due consideration and care. Make sure that the quality of the tile fuses with your current home décor and colour theme rather than conflicting with it.
Do: Consider Texture
One of the biggest constraints of choosing the best washroom tiles is the texture. First things first; washroom tiles should be textured to make them slip-proof and non-porous. Besides, washrooms are among high traffic areas of your house that stay engaged throughout the day – especially if you have kids. Refined or gloss tiles show every tiny bit of scratches and increase the chances of accidents. As such, matte tiles are a better option when it comes to bathrooms.
Don’t: Install Polished Tiles
This one is self-explanatory and does not need much explaining. Your bathroom’s floor is prone to moisture and gets wet very often. Not to mention, the chances of falling in a bathroom are higher than any other place in your house. Polished or glossed tiles are much more slippery when they meet water – soap water especially. In such cases, textured tiles or matte tiles are your best bet. So, avoid installing polished tiles in your shower.
Most Suitable Types of Tiles for Your Bathroom
Just like the kitchen of your house, your bathroom also needs to have dissimilar types of tiles for floors and walls. It is mainly for avoiding accidental slips and increased practicality. In addition to the safety factor, the tiles in the bathroom of your house should be easy to clean, and their maintenance shouldn’t have to break your back either.
Just for your convenience, we have put together a small list of the best types of bathroom tiles for your home in Pakistan that are both slip-proof and durable:
- Ceramic Tiles
- Glass Tiles
- Stone Tiles
Ceramic tiles are, without any doubt, the best types of bathroom tiles available in the market these days. They are also quite popular among homeowners due to two reasons. First, they are quite affordable and readily available in any home interior market. Secondly, their range of colours and textures make them a hit with homeowners.
While ceramic tiles might not be easy to install on your bathroom’s floor, but once they are installed, you will have no difficulty in their maintenance. Ceramic tiles are also well-known for resisting scratches.
Glass tiles are the best types of washroom tiles for someone who wants to make their house stand out of the crowd but doesn’t want to pay a sky-high price. If glass tiles are installed properly [by a professional], they hold up well and last longer than any other options on our list.
Remember to select a textured glass or the one with grout joints to avoid accidental falls and slips. They are well-suited for floors, but you can be creative and use them for your bathroom walls.
For further information, take a look at our recently published post, where we have performed an in-depth comparison between ceramic tiles vs. glass tiles.
Stone tiles are also among the most popular types of bathroom tiles nowadays. They were only limited to the hallway or the entrance area of the house in the past. Just like the name implies, stone tiles are produced from a mixture of limestone, slate, granite, and marble. They are also available in a variety of colours and texture that can turn any basic bathroom into a lavish zone for relaxation.
Compared to ceramic tiles, stone tiles require higher maintenance. They need to be cleaned regularly, and sealing is recommended every three months to keep the tiles looking new. Not to mention, the stone is typically costlier than other options on our list.
So, this is where we talk about the gist of our piece. We have discussed some dos and don’ts of selecting bathroom tiles, along with the best types of bathroom tiles for your home in Pakistan. If you have any further queries or suggestions, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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