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Your bathroom should be the most relaxing room in the home, and to enjoy quality time there it’s important to get the design right. Here are some of the top bathroom trends for 2017/ 18, and the right tiles to choose for you to achieve the look you want.
Materials used to create bathroom tiles
It can be tempting to choose cheap tiles when you’re renovating your bathroom, but this can be a false economy, as it can cost you time and money in the long run. Cheap materials like vinyl simply aren’t built to last – a bathroom has to withstand extremes of temperature and humidity, so your tiles need to be sufficiently hard wearing to cope. Choosing cheap tiles will result in you having to replace them in a couple of years, and you’ll end up wishing you’d chosen a more durable tile from the outset.
Natural stone is always the best choice for bathrooms – if it can withstand the great outdoors for centuries, it can cope with the demand of your bathroom, no matter how hot you like your water! Here are some of the most popular materials used for bathroom tiles in 2017.
Granite is the most popular bathroom tile today. It offers a variety of colours and textures, and it’s perfect for creating the industrial urban chic bathroom trend for 2017. It’s also extremely hard wearing and completely watertight.
Travertine has proved its worth as a tiling material – it’s one of the oldest materials used in the building. It’s particularly fashionable for bathrooms as it comes in neutral, earthy tones such as cream and beige that coordinate with all styles and accessories. It can also develop a beautiful natural weathered effect over time.
Marble offers the ultimate in bathroom luxury. It isn’t cheap, but it’s an investment, as it creates a classic, timeless look that will never go out of style. It can also be polished to a very high gloss for an opulent, sparkling effect.
Bathroom floor tiles
One of the biggest current trends in bathroom floor tiles is wood-effect porcelain. Many people would love wood flooring in their bathrooms – it looks warm and can create a seamless look if you have wood flooring throughout your home. However, wood is impractical for a bathroom as it retains moisture and cannot withstand too much heat, cold or humidity, Over time it can warp or even rot! Wood effect porcelain tiles are a great substitute – they have the appearance you’re looking for but are durable enough to last for many years to come.
Marble is an ever-popular choice for bathroom floor tiles as it creates an opulent, polished effect. It is also one of the best materials to choose if you have under-floor heating in your bathroom.
Bathroom wall tiles
A current trend for bathroom wall tiles is to mix and match different effects and textures in different parts of the room to highlight particular areas, such as wood-effect porcelain mixed with marble.
Hexagonal wall tiles are a huge bathroom fashion for 2017, and can create eye-catching patterns in chosen areas of your bathroom – they’re great for creating a feature wall. However, the traditional metro tile is the one to go for if you’re looking to achieve this year’s essential modern vintage look.
Concrete-effect wall tiles are ideal for giving your bathroom a touch of industrial chic. It’s a highly versatile look because it can be used alongside other grey shades for a minimalist design, or dressed up with warm gold and brass accessories and wood-effect floor tiles.
Remember, many bathroom tiles are suitable for use on both floors and walls – especially large format tiles. This creates a continuous flow of colour and texture throughout the room. It looks sophisticated and has the added advantage of making your bathroom look bigger as you don’t see an obvious “join”.
Posh Tiles sources the natural stone for its tiles from a Liverpool stone yard which has been in the business for almost 150 years. With hundreds of satisfied customers, why not let us help you create your dream bathroom? Call us on 0151 263 3362 for information and advice.