Bathrooms have become much more than a room of necessity. It is one of the only places in the home where you can relax in solitude. Whether you are soaking in a hot bath, winding down in the shower or freshening up in the morning and evening, your bathroom should make you feel special.
Ask yourself, which tiles do I just love? Because if there was any space to treat yourself with gorgeous tiles, this would be the room.Wet Rooms
The idea of an open-plan wet room is becoming increasingly popular for the modern home. These luxurious spaces offer an opportunity to be creative with your bathroom layout, make the most of sleek architectural lines and dividing walls, experiment with with lighting and go wild with tiles!
Not only are tiles sterile and easy to clean but when sealed or glazed they are completely waterproof. Combinations of tiles on the floors, walls and even ceilings ensure a clean, watertight wet room. Countertops, Wainscots and Splashbacks
When a bathroom calls for small details in tiles, the countertop and splash-back are the ideal place for a pop of vibrant colour. These spaces do not experience the same wear and tear as your bathroom floor so you can afford to be a bit more fanciful in your choice of tile. Don’t be safe, richly patterned tiles or bold colour can be just the right touch to life the aesthetic of the entire room.Floors and Walls
Tiles don’t harbour mould and are completely waterproof (when glazed or sealed) so they are the perfect option for your bathroom floor or walls. Small tiles are great for the floor of your shower, adapting more easily to curves around the plughole. There are more grout joints so there is grip for your wet feet. Larger tiles are often great for walls because they are easier to clean and shed soap easily.
Here is your chance to be creative with colour, shape and style. Mosaics make your bathroom a unique space that you will love to spend time in. The options are endless!
Just remember to steer clear of highly polished glazed tiles on the floor. You don’t want to slip over when the tiles get wet.
Middle Earth’s Top Tips
If you are new to tiled bathrooms switch from bar soap to liquid soap. It will save you hours of cleaning. Also look at companies like Pacific NanoTech (www.pacificnanotech.co.nz
) who sell protective products like self cleaning, non-stick and anti-microbial coatings for tiles and grout joints.
The bathroom is full of odd shaped objects and fixtures, remember to consider these features when designing your tile motif. Tiling can be used to create sleek lines that draw all the disparate elements of the room together.
Tiles laid on the diagonal create the illusion that the room is wider than it actually is.Note:
When grouting hand glazed tiles it is critical that you test your grout is compatible with the tiles before tiling the entire area. The recommended grout for Middle Earth glazed tiles is ASA Bostik.