How to Create a Brilliant Bathroom With Tiles

Upgrading and modernising a bathroom is a great way to add value to your home. Even if you're not planning on moving anytime soon, your bathroom is the one room you are guaranteed to visit every day, and should be a haven of tranquillity and peace. With so many bathroom styles to choose from, it can be hard to know what to do to make your bathroom your own.

Here we investigate what can be done in a bathroom to add character, charm and style, and what gorgeous tiles you should select to make the look complete.

1. The contemporary bathroom
Think of the last good hotel you stayed in. Consider the en-suite. Were there not elements of this design that you would love to bring into your home? Contemporary bathrooms are all about hiding away the things we no longer wish to see, and bringing to the fore the most stylish and aesthetic elements of a bathroom.

Floating sink and toilet units are a must, as cisterns and plinths only serve to make more clutter in a stylish, modern space. If you're going for the most modern of looks, why not go all out with some eye-catching metallic tiles on the floor, and some complementary colours on the walls and splash backs?

2. Homey but modern
Of course you might find the whole hotel en-suite a little bland for your taste, in which case the homey yet modern look will be perfect for you. Think natural colours, neutral tones and understated, modern fittings that make the most of your space.

Here you can splash out on some natural tiles. Sandstone works beautifully in this type of bathroom, as does polished granite and, if the budget allows, marble. There is also a variety of wood look stone tiles on the market right now, all of which will enhance the look of your flooring without the worry of real wood or laminate floor.

3. Totally traditional
Going for a traditional bathroom is nothing to be ashamed of. Indeed the trend for retro and traditional styles means it is actually rather popular with householders across the country right now. With this design, cisterns are OK, as are freestanding baths, but keep things neutral and light to avoid cluttering the look.

For your tiling, clean, uncluttered designs work best, and all in neutral or off white colours. You can, however, go for a coloured tile for the floor, with blues, greys and pinks working well with this overall theme.

4. Vintage beauty
Of course there is one style that will always be popular, and that's the vintage look. Best for generously sized bathrooms, this look is all about sumptuous luxury. Think free standing roll top baths, Edwardian style chairs and big, gold taps.

Chequered floors work brilliantly with the vintage style, but don't feel you have to go for the traditional black and white. In this type of bathroom, you can contrast a cream colour with a sandstone colour and achieve just as good an effect, but without the star contrast of harsh black and white.

However you choose to make over your bathroom, tiling the floors and walls is one way you can add longevity to the look with a style that will outlive any passing trends. Whether you choose natural stone, porcelain or ceramic tiles they will all last for many, many years and be easy to keep looking good.