Just because your bathroom is small doesn’t mean it can’t exude practicality or style. And while there’s no denying that many homeowners have caught themselves daydreaming about unwinding in a large, luxurious bathroom, it should be noted that you can incorporate the opulence you pine for into your existing bathroom with the right know-how.

If you’re among those looking to reconcile a small bathroom with a desire for change, take a moment to explore five tile trends that will help you reach that goal.

Play Around With Size

If you haven’t already begun your journey in search of the perfect bathroom tile, it might surprise you to learn that many wholesale tile options can range greatly in size, measuring anywhere from 5-6cm2 (in the case of many mosaic tiles) to those measuring up to a metre long. Even if you prefer the general look of larger tile, you should at least be aware that you might have trouble achieving the desired aesthetic if you opt for such an oversized tile in your small bathroom. Why? Using larger tiles in a small space makes it much more challenging to create a visual focal point. It also means that as much as you might love the tile, much of it may need to be cut in order to fit the dimensions of the room. Having said that, if you have your heart set on using larger tiles and the layout of your bathroom can accommodate, tiles measuring 30-60cm will help to create the calm, tranquil environment many people look to create in this space.

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A general rule of thumb when choosing a larger tile is to select something either square or rectangular in shape and neutral in colour such as a white or grey.

Small ceramic or glass tiles also work quite well in a small bathroom. As with the oversized tiles however, using these small tiles do come with one caveat; if the wrong tile is chosen, it could create an aesthetic that is overly busy – an aesthetic most people tend to avoid in a space that is widely regarded as a sort of a personal sanctuary. You can avoid this by giving a wide berth to heavily patterned tiles and sticking to a chic mosaic tile or mini metro tiles.

Go For Light

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If you’ve ever decorated a room before, you probably know how the application of one colour instead of another can make a space seem larger, even if you haven’t expanded the physical space. Lighter colours like white, beige, and light grey can all help to create the illusion that your bathroom is larger than it is. Size illusions aside, using this neutral palette helps to make the room feel clean and calm.

If you aren’t partial to neutral colours, and want to make a bolder statement, consider one of the latest trends in small bathroom design: monochromatic tiles. Black and white metro tiles look sharp in small settings, particularly if the tile features a high gloss finish that allows light to reflect around the room.

Patterned Tiles

Even though we warned against the possibility of introducing clutter into your bathroom by incorporating a patterned tile, if used properly, patterned ceramic tiles can add a wow-factor to your bathroom. The trick, of course, is knowing how to use them. For example, patterned tiles are perfect for creating a feature wall, a visual element that draws the eye the moment you enter a room. In this approach, patterned tiles are not used throughout the entire bathroom but rather, they are used selectively. A feature wall consisting of patterned tiles is particularly effective in small bathrooms because it keeps the eye from wandering down to the bathroom floor where it is difficult to create any space altering illusions.

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Reflective Surfaces

The amount of light in a room can also help to create an illusion of space and naturally the more light and airy the space is, the larger it will seem. If your bathroom has a lot of natural light and you’d like to make it look even bigger, you may consider tiles with a glossy, glass, or mirror finish. The more light that is reflected, the brighter, and by extension, the larger the space will seem.

Tile Floor to Ceiling

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You always hear people talking about floor to ceiling windows, but do you ever hear anyone talk about floor to ceiling tiles? When it comes to bathroom décor, it won’t be long before you hear some buzz about how you can make even the smallest bathroom feel larger by applying the same tile on the floor and walls. Using the same material creates continuity throughout the room and draws the eye upward, giving the impression of more space.

In short, you needn’t feel confined when it comes to incorporating style into your small bathroom. By using the right trick or technique, you can create the illusion of space even if your bathroom is smaller than you’d like it to be. For a wide array of gorgeous tiles that are perfect for your bathroom space, be sure to check out Sarana Tile.