There are many ways to get creative with your tile selection when designing a new bathroom, from combining different finishes, colours and sizes, to selecting various accents throughout your space. Tiles offer an incredible amount of design options in themselves however, mixing and matching your selections is a sure fire way to take your bathroom design to the next level!
Creating Harmony: Complimenting & Contrasting Materials
A fabulous way to mix and match your favourite tiles in the bathroom is to use selections with contrasting materials. There are many possibilities available to you, with modern tile designs ranging from natural stone tiles, mirror mosaics and even timber-look porcelain tiles to create a rustic, spa-inspired vibe in your new bathroom. For example, opulent marble wall tiles can be used to create a visually stunning contrast with a textured concrete-look porcelain floor tile, creating a harmonious and balanced style.
Our exciting collection of natural stone penny round tiles creates the perfect contrast with the concrete inspired porcelain tiles used in this contemporary bathroom. The entire look is brought together with a warm timber feature, creating a further layer of texture in this stylish bathroom design.
A Play on Light: Contrasting Finishes
Further exploring the concept of contrasting materials in your bathroom tile selections, you can take it a step further with contrasting tile finishes for a spectacular play on light. Contrasting high gloss wall tiles with matte finish floor tiles for example, will assist in allowing light to travel throughout your bathroom while also creating a striking contrast in finishes.
Many collections of mosaic tiles also offer a visually enticing play on light and finishes, with both matt and glossy tiles paired together on the same sheet to create the ultimate feature tile in your bathroom design scheme.
Made in Italy, our exquisite Cleo porcelain tile collection is available in both plain and feature tile designs. The all white feature wall in this black and white bathroom creates a play on tile finishes, with matt and gloss triangular shaped pieces interlocking together to create a subtly contrasting feature wall.
One Tile, Different Ways
Mixing and matching bathroom tiles is not necessarily limited to combining entirely different tile designs; another exciting option that will create interest in your bathroom scheme is to combine different sizes of the same tile in the one space. This look is especially well suited to small bathroom designs as it creates a near seamless look, creating the illusion of added space.
Our Florence Isola porcelain tiles perfectly mimic the natural stylings of marble in this luxurious bathroom design. These tiles are available in a large 450 x 900mm rectangular format; they have been used in this size across walls and floors. Curved walls have been covered with strips cut from the same beautiful tiles to create a wonderfully seamless look.
Creating an Accent: Feature Floors and Walls
Creating an accent in your bathroom is simple with the right tile selection. Mosaic tiles are a classic option, offering incredibly varied design options in terms of colour, pattern, finishes and materials however, patterned tiles are another excellent option to consider. A feature floor or wall adds an element of interest to your design, while also acting as a visual cue to attract the eye in a certain direction. Using the wall directly behind a luxurious vanity unit, inside a large walk in shower or behind a lavish freestanding bathtub acts as a means of creating a feature of that particular element. Patterned floor tiles can be paired with solid coloured complimenting wall tiles for a balanced look, whereas patterned wall tiles can be used sparingly to create a striking feature wall in your bathroom design.
The Greg Natale Cubo encaustic tile collection can be used on both floors and walls (sealing is recommended for encaustic tiles)
Mixing Different Tile Formats
Another incredibly creative way to add style and interest to your new bathroom is to mix and match various tile formats. Stylish subway tiles for example, look absolutely fabulous used when as a wall tile however, they do often need a larger format tile to help balance out the look. Large format porcelain floor tiles offer a hard wearing and easy to maintain floor tile solution; the perfect complement to the classic subway tile that will help bring your entire bathroom design together.
Available in both the classic subway format, as well as the square format pictured above, our luxurious Amano collection includes several different colours to choose from. Bathroom design by Maitland St Interiors
As you can see, tiles offer the ultimate in creative design solutions for the bathroom with their incredible range of shapes, materials, colours and of course, patterns. As demonstrated in these beautiful examples, pairing different tiles together to create your own unique look is an excellent way to bring some character and personality to your home!