Small bathroom: what type of tiles to choose?
For fit out a small bathroom, there are many tiling coverings today. The two great champions of the genre are undoubtedly earthenware and porcelain stoneware, tiles appreciated for the diversity of their colors and patterns: wood imitation tiles, waxed concrete, metal, natural stone, cement tiles or even colored… there are There is definitely something for everyone!
However, we must admit that to develop a small bathroom with tiled floor, porcelain stoneware may be preferable to earthenware. Indeed, earthenware, because of its composition, is more fragile and is less resistant to shocks than sandstone. It is therefore highly inadvisable to use it for the floor of a bathroom. In addition, porcelain stoneware is very easy to maintain because it is almost not porous.
Also note that for the development of small bathrooms, there are also materials to avoid under penalty of feeling a little cramped visually. Small mosaic tiles for example: although very aesthetic, their small size would only recall the narrowness of the room. To forbid !
Bathroom tiles: pay attention to resistance standards
Choose a beautiful tiling for your bathroom XS is good. But choosing the right tiling for your bathroom, namely one that will be able to resist humidity and shock, is better.
To help you, there are currently several resistance standards to identify the different qualities of bathroom tiles. Besides, if you had to keep only one, it would be the UPEC standard! Acronym composed of the words Wear, Punching, resistance to Water, resistance to Chemical agents, UPEC quickly gives an overview of the potential longevity of the product. Each letter is associated with a number between 1 and 4 corresponding to the grade of the material (4 being the best grade).
Small bathrooms: optimizing dimensions
If you opt for tiling in a bathroom, you must be careful with the size of the tiles - all the more if the bathroom is small.
As such, it is said that a very small tile in an overly spacious bathroom is not wise. But the opposite is not true for small areas, on the contrary! Yes, in a small bathroom, it is better to choose a large tile. Indeed, it will have the gift of pushing back the walls visually, and the same for the ground. A beautiful optical illusion which we gladly use to add an impression of space in the room.
Be careful though : generally, the larger the tiles, the thicker they are. There will therefore necessarily be a small loss of floor space. A detail that should not be overlooked anyway ... At the risk of not being able to bring the sink back!
Decorative tips to visually enlarge a small bathroom
If you have a mini bathroom and you want to visually enlarge it with your tiling, here are some tips:
- Use light colors on the walls, if possible contrasting with a darker floor. Nothing like a simple white tile to give a small pond a great look!
- Optimize lighting. If you are lucky enough to have a window in your small bathroom, maximize the natural light with a large mirror placed next to it.
- At ground level, to lengthen the perspectives, set out on a layout of the patterns of your tiling diagonally.
- As for the wall tiles, opt instead for horizontal installation, more flattering than the vertical which tends to crush the volumes.