If you are planning to update shower tile ideas in a new shower room, bathroom or en-suite bathroom or simply want to update a tired design, be sure to use the tiles with care and attention to get the perfect finish. It is also worth learning how to grout tiles to perfection.
“The current trend of small rectangular tiles laid vertically or with a brick effect can be particularly striking and very effective in a shower enclosure while larger-format tiles require less grout so they are easier to clean,” says David Talbot, head of specifications at Craven Dunnill. (Opens in a new tab). Decorative tiles and trim are also ideal for creating a distinctive shower enclosure that will make any bathroom stand out. We don’t recommend textured tiles or natural stone but slip-resistant tiles are a perfect alternative for a bathtub or wet room.
How to choose the perfect tile design
According to Charlotte Depres, national kitchen and showroom design director at MKM Building Supplies (Opens in a new tab)The way you do bathroom wall tiles and tiles will make a huge difference in the overall look.
Some of the most common tile laying patterns are:
straight stack bond
The most common tiling pattern is to stack your tiles. The tiles are laid out in straight lines so that the grout lines end up like a grid. This is often the best way to lay larger tiles, as this helps make small rooms appear larger and creates a smooth effect with fewer grout lines. For more interest and to help the walls look taller, flip them over to portrait.
diagonal or diamond
Similar to the straight stacked bond pattern except that the tiles are placed at a 45 degree angle, which turns square tiles into diamonds. Laying out the tiles in a diamond pattern means there will be more pieces and you’ll need to allow for more bits and breaks.
This is also a favorite because it is simple yet creates a stunning design that complements any style. Use square or rectangular boxes like bricks in the wall. Line up the end of each tile with the center of the squares directly above and below it. This creates an overlapping pattern.
The fishbone pattern is achieved by laying rectangular tiles in a zigzag pattern. Perfect for adding interest and impact to a small space, it is achieved by laying rectangular tiles in a zigzag shape. The pattern’s arrow effect pulls the eye up and down so it can be used to highlight special areas such as a shower.
With rectangular tiles, a basket weave pattern consists of two or three pieces of tiles next to each other to form a square depending on the length of the tiles used. The next pair of tiles is placed at a 90-degree angle to the first, and so on. Then the horizontal and vertical squares alternate on the following rows. This gives the impression that the tiles are woven over and under each other like a basket.
How to tile in the bathroom
Harriet Goodacre, Director of Brand Communications and Tile Advisor at Topps Tiles (Opens in a new tab) He says that to create your own tiled area, make sure the shower tray is installed correctly and the waste is connected and tested. If you are using a tile cutter, apply this first before moving on to the main tile.
Next, make your tile layout as above. You may need to cut some tiles to fit the space. Apply the adhesive using a notched trowel, holding the blade at a 45-degree angle, working on a small area at a time where the adhesive can harden relatively quickly.
Starting at the bottom, secure the tiles in place with tile spacers throughout, and work your way up the walls. Any tile size and shape can be used on the shower floor – but fall or gradient must be considered. If you’re tiling your shower floor, make sure the tile is slip-resistant—porcelain tile is great for this. Remember to keep in mind the depth of the grate for waste as well and make sure it is below tile level, so that water can flow into the waste pipe unimpeded.
About four hours after grouting, if there is any grout mist present on the surface of the tile, simply wash it off and apply silicone sealant around the edges of the showerhead. Be sure to leave the bath for at least two weeks before using it to allow the grout to fully recover.
What is the best material for tiles?
Porcelain is a great material to use, as it is impermeable to water and will not be damaged by detergents or any chemicals. “Porcelain tiles are now manufactured with a full range of photorealistic finishes including marble, wood, natural travertine and concrete, making it possible to achieve the look you want without the challenges and maintenance issues that real materials can provide,” explains Jo Oliver, Principal. In the stone and ceramic store (Opens in a new tab). They can also be supplied in large sizes, which reduces the possibility of leakage. Large shaped tiles have fewer grout lines which means less grout to clean and keep fresh while creating a sophisticated, uninterrupted look.
Adds Andrew Bendall, Craven Dunnill Jackfield Marketing Director, “In small bathrooms” (Opens in a new tab)Glossy, highly reflective tiles are a great way to create a sense of space. Because light reflects beautifully off the finish, it creates a nice sense of openness, making a room appear wider. Color can also affect the sense of space in a room. While lighter tones Naturalness makes a space appear larger, heavily patterned tiles in bold colors can make a room appear more closed.
What is the best mortar for a tiled shower?
Grout epoxy is a great choice for showers and wet environments, as it’s water-resistant and made with resins and fillers that help it work like an adhesive sealant.
Where should I start tiling first?
After the shower base tiles are installed, the first step is to cut and install the large back wall tiles first, as this will make it easier to match the grout lines on both side walls when it comes to cutting and installing these tiles.