With the right design and a few optical tricks, even a small bathroom can become a wellness temple. Forms and colours play the most important role when it comes to optical magnification, because they can cleverly manipulate the eye. Large tiles in small bathrooms, for example, help to make the room appear larger and more homogeneous. The reason for this is that fewer joints disturb the eye and visually very quiet surfaces are created. Find out more in the following!
Do large tiles make the room appear larger?
Large format tiles make rooms appear calmer and more spacious. This applies not only to bathrooms, but also to corridors and outdoor areas. The fewer joints that disturb the eye, the better. When laying 3 tiles measuring 60 x 120 cm in a 1.80 cm long room, for example, only 2 joints are created.
Are large tiles difficult to lay?
Large tiles are more difficult to lay than small tiles and require more time and effort. Especially on the wall, large, heavy tiles can slide down and need constant observation. An increased amount of adhesive is also required for laying large format tiles.
Large tile formats
A tile is considered to be large if it exceeds 10 square metres in size or 33×33 cm in size. When planning, it should be very carefully considered which large formats are suitable for your small bathroom. Although the 30 x 60 tile format has almost established itself as the standard format, there are also larger tiles such as 90×45 and 60×120, which are very popular. Square tiles measuring 60×60 are mostly used on the floor.
Laying large floor tiles diagonally
Floor tiles laid diagonally change the spatial effect and lend dynamism to the small bathroom. This gives the room more visual width.
Large tiles laid horizontally or vertically?
Whether rectangular tiles are laid on edge or crosswise depends on the effect you want to achieve. Horizontally laid tiles make the walls look wider, while the vertical laying direction could be advantageous for low walls.
Joint width for large tiles
The joint width depends on the format size of the tiles. According to the recommendations of the natural stone association, tiles with an edge length of up to 60 cm should have a joint width of at least 3 mm. For even larger tile formats, a joint width of at least 5 cm is required. For large-format tiles, we recommend laying with cross joints (running straight through).
Tiles with a wood look
There are other formats for wood-look tiles, because they have to look like real plank boards. This is why tiles with wood decors are available in standard sizes such as 15 x 120 cm, 20 x 120 cm or 20 x 180 cm.
Different wood tones in the bathroom
With modern production techniques any wood decor on tiles can be realised. Whether oak or walnut, today you can enjoy the homely character of wood in the bathroom.
Tiles in stone and metal look
Tiles in natural stone, concrete and metal look are also true eye-catchers and are in vogue. The fascinating charisma and expressiveness of these large-format bathroom tiles has inspired many homeowners for years.
Floor-level shower in combination with large tiles make the small bathroom appear more spacious. You also don’t feel trapped.
Combining large tiles with mosaics
Mosaics are often used as a stylistic device and in combination with large tiles they create a pleasant contrast.
Pay attention to the weight of the large format tiles.
The XXL tiles offer completely new possibilities for bathroom design, but you should not exaggerate, because the enormous weight of oversized tiles can be a problem. A good technical solution is the low thickness – from 3 to 6 mm.
Are matt or glossy tiles easier to maintain?
Are you afraid of lime stains? Then choose matt tiles. Lime deposits, especially in the shower area, are also visible, but not as much as on the glossy floor tiles.
The high-gloss tiles make the small bathroom appear brighter and bigger, while matt tiles cannot reflect the light as beautifully.
Using strong colours with care
Tiles in strong colours such as red or black should only be used with caution, otherwise the small bathroom can quickly appear restless. Best to combine with white or light grey.
Vertical tiles can be used to stretch low spaces. A few tiles with a discreet floral pattern in cream add more spice to this small white bathroom.
Defining zones in the bathroom with different tiles
So that the room does not appear too monotonous, it is advisable to combine two types of tiles. In this way, certain areas can be visually underlined and accentuated.
Emphasise wall niches
In the previous example, the accent was set on the wall in the shower area, while here the niche becomes a real highlight in the small bathroom. The glass bathtub attachment also allows the eye to glide through the entire room.
30×60 cm large, transverse wall tiles
Wall tiles of 30×60 cm in size, laid crosswise, visually draw the room into the width. Light colours such as cream and light green make this bathroom look harmonious and calm.
Column washbasin and glass shower in the small bathroom
It is not only the tiles that determine the spatial effect, but also the materials, bathroom fittings and lighting. A column washbasin and a walk-in shower with glass partition, for example, are good solutions for small bathrooms.