Interior Decorating: Bathroom Wall Tile Ideas

Some ideas for tiling bathroom walls.

Bathroom wall tiles are usually small, the same color or monochromatic and have light-colored grout- the decorative cement in between the edges of the tiles, which is sometimes difficult to clean.

A growing trend that is replacing the basic bathroom tile format, of tiled shower walls and other walls tiled only half way, is tiling the entire bathroom. This means not just the shower walls, but the rest of the walls, from floor to ceiling.

Another growing trend is using larger tiles, such as 8-inch-by-10-inch tiles, instead of the typical 4-inch-by-4-inch tiles or smaller.

When tiling all the walls in the bathroom, it is usually best to choose a large tile. This will make the project easier and, sometimes, less expensive. You use less grout if you use larger tiles, since there will be fewer gaps to fill. The amount of grout you use depends on how far apart you space the tiles.

The spacing of the tiles depends of the kind of tile you select.

Many large bathroom tiles are rectangular instead of square, and they look better spaced tightly together, with a fine line of grout between them. This works especially well with glossy tiles. The less grout between the glossy tiles, the glossier the tiles will look.

For tiles that are not so glossy, you can either space the tiles tightly together or leave a small gap. A 1/8th-inch gap is one of the standards used in tiling.

When you have selected the tiles you want to place on the wall, think about selecting a couple of contrasting tiles to scatter throughout the design, for a random pattern. For example, if you selected plain, light brown tiles try buying a couple of dark brown or other dark-colored tiles to place in random spots, for a random pattern, which will also help draw more color into the bathroom.

For something a little less drastic, you can find a tile that has a pattern, but that is also a similar color to the tiles you've already picked. You can lay these patterned tiles in a random fashion, too, so the walls don't look so plain.

Another different idea is to choose a grout that is dark, instead of light, which is what most people use. The light-colored grouts are difficult to clean, and they almost always look dirty, unless you scrub it everyday.

A dark grout may seem different, but as long as you don't pick a grout that is so dark it looks black, you should be fine.

For example, if you have light brown tiles, you might want to go with a grout that is slightly browner than the tiles.

If you're not crazy about the idea of tiling all the walls, you could tile the walls up to eye level, or whatever level you choose. This will not only leave you another part of the wall to paint, so you can add another color to the bathroom, but this also creates the option of having a border.

The border tiles are usually thinner than the original tiles. For example, you would have 8-inch-by-10-inch tiles and 8-inch-by-2-inch border tiles. These border tiles can be a contrasting color to the tiles you've already chosen, or they can be the same color or slightly lighter or darker.

In the end, having all the walls in your bathroom tiled not only makes for a different look, but the walls will also be much easier to clean because you can just run a sponge or mop over the tiles.

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