Bathrooms are where tiles really come into their own. The vast array of materials, colours, textures and designs can be used to create anything from a floor-to-ceiling scheme to a feature splashback or decorative design strip.
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When choosing tiles, consider size, finish, even grouting. With modern tile technology creating exciting new designs all the time, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Nod to the chevron
This striking motif gives schemes a refreshing graphic edge. Coloured tiles laid diagonally are all the more eye-catching against dark flooring and fittings.
Beloved by ancient Chinese dynasties, the Moors and the Greeks, this enduring colour combination takes on a fresh, modern feel with the latest indigo textiles, shibori patterns and denim tones. An adjoining bathroom offers an opportunity for more adventurous decorating, as shown here with the strong wall colour and chequered flooring. Working equally well with contemporary and traditional interiors, encaustic tiles are a versatile product, and can be created using a myriad of finishes.
Black and white can be rather austere, so the designers have incorporated a mix of materials to add another dimension to the space. The reflective qualities of the marble and the mosaic effect tiles work together to create a luxurious sanctuary. The hexagonal floor tiles provide a subtle pattern without dominating, adding a sophisticated feel that brought the scheme together. A frameless screen helps to achieve a luxurious wet room appearance and allows the tiles to come to the fore, with a neat niche for toiletries contributing to the elegant minimalism of the scheme.
Classic and timeless, Arabescato marble with its striking veining embodies Italian elegance at its very best. Additional shades of grey on the blind and the wall ceramics bring cohesion to this simple, stylish look.
Pretty in pink
The devil is often in the detail when it comes to creating a striking bathroom. Keeping it compact, penny tiles are small but impactful. They add an interesting aesthetic, they’re extremely versatile and – like any good tile – they’re also easy to maintain in even the wettest areas.
Marble tiles evoke the refined sophistication of grand Parisian apartments. In this scheme a marbled floor was chosen for practicality as well as style. A smart black bath with ages brass taps anchors the look, reinforcing the classic aesthetic.
Playing with scale
Vinyl flooring has come a long way since its early days, and is now seen as sophisticated yet practical option for the bathroom. As well as being incredibly hardwearing, vinyl is also easy to clean and comes in a variety of styles. In this inviting bathroom, the block colour of the wall panelling and floor allows a wonderfully whimsical wallpaper with a strong motif to shine.