Bathrooms should be a haven of peace, serenity, and comfort. A trip to the bath can be surprisingly de-stressing after a long day of work. Imagine yourself finding a nice, clean toilet, relaxing bathtub, and beautifully detailed cabinetry in an 18 square feet room – wait, what?
De-stressing can instantly turn into distressing when you find yourself in a cramped up space. It’s like the floor and walls are slowly creeping up on you depriving you of your right to personal boundaries. Needless to say, small bathrooms are a bummer if they’re no different than the usual powder room. They are hardly comforting.
Space-saving enthusiasts will argue otherwise. Bathrooms, although small, can have unlimited potential to bring about a relaxing atmosphere as long as everything is done right. All the things that make up the room must be well-coordinated. This includes the placement of furniture, the blend of colors, and yes – even the floor tiles.
Floor tiling is actually a more tedious task than it sounds. From browsing through a diverse selection, choosing the right kind, and deciding how it should be positioned. Floor tile placement is one of the most important contributing factors to how your bathroom will look.
What we have here below are some things you can consider if you’re planning to revamp the look of your small comfort room or if you’re planning to set up a new one.
Choose plain, light colors.
If we talk about space, colors are partly responsible for making it look bigger or even more cramped. Using lighter colors like cream, beige, and white are ideal for small areas. This is because lighter colors tend to focus your attention away from the edges. It doesn’t strongly emphasize the corners and sides of the room compared to darker shades. This also partly gives reason why ceilings and walls are often white or of a lighter hue, it creates a feeling of openness and wideness. It is even advised to paint the walls and ceilings the same color to create more visual space. However, one should take note that even if you carefully choose the color of the tile but not the size, it will not help much. This brings us to number two.
The bigger the tiles, the better
When it comes to tile size of course! Kidding aside, bigger tiles look more spacious than small tiles do. It’s contrary to popular belief, we know. It’s really not the smaller tiles that are problematic– it’s the grout that comes with it. Smaller tiles create more grout lines and it can make the floor look sort of chaotic and crowded. Bigger tiles, on the other hand, minimize the number of grout lines making it seem continuous and wide. This leads to the illusion that the span of the floor is bigger (and smoother) than it actually is.
How the tile is laid is also very important.
Basically we have two ways on how we can lay tiles out on the floor. First is to do it the regular way and just put it side by side. Second, you can opt for diagonally laid tiles. The former will create boxes that span throughout the floor – and this is something you wouldn’t want for your bathroom.
Say, you’re taking a longer time (than usual) on your early morning date with Mr. Toilet and you forgot your phone and there’s really no shampoo bottle left to read. So, you started counting the floor tiles to pass the time. If the tiles are laid out normally, you won’t have a hard time doing the math at all. But imagine counting it diagonally, will it be as easy? If you’re a normal person, no super minds, math genius or anything the answer is no. Diagonal tiles are harder to follow with just the eyes so it creates an illusion of number. It makes itself look more and likewise makes the floor look wide. This is why option number two is a much better choice.
Another consideration you should take note of is the material the tile is made of. Commonly seen in the market is porcelain –which is actually a good kind of material for its low moisture absorption rate. But, you should also see other alternatives. Companies like Aqua Step have other creative and convenient options for your flooring needs.
Aside from the floor, there are other ways you can make a small bathroom look and feel bigger. You have to be careful with what kind of furniture you buy and where you place them. There are many space-saving techniques that are growing more popular nowadays, especially with the emerging fad of tiny houses. We would love to teach you more about it so you might want to keep an eye out for our articles every now and then.