3 space-boosting tricks you can use when choosing tiles for tiny bathrooms

Make your tiny bathroom feel bigger with these expert tips

White scalloped tiles show space-boosting tricks you can use when choosing tiles for small bathrooms.
(Image credit: Ca Pietra)

As we all know, bijou can be beautiful – especially when it comes to bathrooms. But how to make your tiny bathroom feel bigger? 

There are a number of clever tricks you can use – and here, the H&G team and Hamish Smith, Creative Director at Ca' Pietra, give their top tips on choosing space-boosting tiles.

Some of these bathroom tile ideas are unexpected, but having tried them out in our own homes, we can attest that they're effective.

1. Don't think tile size, think grout-matching

A pink hexagonal sink and grey hexagonal bathroom tiles

Brasserie Mosaic, Ca' Pietra

(Image credit: Ca' Pietra)

Should you go for a large or small tile when considering small bathroom ideas?

'This is one where opinions tend to differ,' says Hamish. 'Some say that small mosaic tiles are the best way to go in a small bathroom whereas others advise to go for larger tiles to open the space up.   

'What it comes down to is whether or not you want to run with the coziness of the room, emphasising its small proportions and celebrating its coziness.'

Actually, picking a mosaic in a light color can enhance the feeling of space just as much as choosing a large tile in a darker color. Our advice to avoid costly mistakes when buying tiles? Heighten the space-enhancing effect whatever you opt for by picking a grout that matches the color of the tile as closely as possible – it is the grout lines that can make a space feel more enclosed. 

For a modern take on mosaics, 'try a mosaic in an unusual shape such as scallop or circle,' suggests Hamish, like in the gray bathroom tile ideas above and below.

Small white bathrom tiles above a marble sink boost space in a tiny bathroom.

Yoga Penny tiles, Ca' Pietra 

(Image credit: Ca' Pietra)

2. Opt for a seamless finish

Space-boosting large grey tiles on a small bathroom wall and floor with white bath tub.

(Image credit: Future)

Co-ordinate your bathroom floor tiles with the rest of the room. 'Large format tiles on the walls and floors will instantly make a small bathroom feel more spacious,' says Hamish.

'Go for 30 to 60cm plain-colored tiles on both your walls and floors and they’ll blur the boundaries so your floor space isn’t so defined. 

'The uninterrupted, seamless flow creates clean lines – a marble or limestone will layer on interest with the natural pattern and varied natural shades too.' Large format tiles are big in tile trends this year, so are a stylish way to update a tiny bathroom.

3. Rely on visual tricks

Space-boosting white vertical wall tiles in a tiny bathroom with sink, mirror and black chair.

(Image credit: Roper Rhodes)

'Tiles are the perfect material for using visual tricks to boost space in a small bathroom,' says H&G's Editor in Chief. 'You can create vertical lines to make a low-ceilinged bathroom feel taller, like in the bathroom above, or fix Metro-style tiles horizontally to make a narrow space feel wider.'

If wondering how to tile a shower wall, placing tiles diagonally, like in the bathroom below, is a clever shower tile idea to make a tiny space feel wider and longer. 

Space-boosting trick using diagonal green tiles and pink walls in a small bathrooms

(Image credit: Barlow and Barlow)

If you are looking for more tile ideas for a small bathroom, H&G's Editor in Chief suggests 'tiling up to waist height with a paler color, which also helps a tiny bathroom feel bigger'.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.