What Size Tile Should You Use in a Small Bathroom?

November 30, 2018

You spend a lot of time each day in your bathroom, so creating a functioning, bright and inviting space is very important. One design problem a lot of homeowners run into is how to select the right tile for their bathroom floor, particularly when the room is on the smaller side.

A small bathroom can feel cramped, and choosing the wrong size tile can make it seem even smaller. You want to design the space in a way that opens up the room and tricks your eyes into thinking it is larger.

When selecting options for bathroom tile installation in Flint, MI, follow these few design tips to ensure your space feels roomy, not tiny.

Size considerations will differ

Tile size is one of the most important factors when it comes to making a small room look bigger, but it is also one of the trickiest to nail down. Many designers have differing opinions on what size tile should go in a small room, but the answer will really depend on your unique space.

It’s usually a good idea to avoid using very large tiles on your bathroom floor if the room is small. Large tiles can make the space seem smaller. However, in some instances, large tile is appropriate. Square or rectangular bathrooms can usually accommodate a light or neutral-colored large tile.

For more angular or strangely-shaped bathrooms, small or mosaic tiles may be more appropriate. If you use small tiles, you need to remember that there will be many more grout lines, which can stand out and create additional visual clutter. You can avoid this by using tiles that match the grout color to create a more uniform appearance.

While some bathrooms can look great with large and small tiles, your best bet to enlarge a small bathroom is to opt for a medium-sized tile, no larger than 1’ x 1’.

The best way to decide what size tile will work in your space is to bring home samples prior to tile installation in Flint, MI. While a sample won’t provide a perfect visualization, it can help give you an idea of what your bathroom floor will look like.

Other tile design factors

While tile size can make a big difference in the appearance of your small bathroom, it is not the only important factor. Other choices in style, color and layout can make tiles of any size work in a small space:

  • Neutral colors: We recommend that you choose tiles in a light, neutral color if you’re flooring a small space. This is because colors like white, cream or light gray help amplify the space by bouncing light around the room.
  • Diagonal patterns: Laying tiles in a diagonal pattern instead of linearly with the room can create an illusion of more space. Chevron patterns can also create an interesting visual while elongating the space.
  • Rectangular tiles: Similar to how diagonal patterns elongate rooms, rectangular-shaped tiles can make a rectangular room seem much longer.

Still not sure of which type of tile to put in your small bathroom? Visit Glenn’s Tile and Carpet and speak to one of our tile experts for assistance in picking the perfect option. We stock a vast selection of tile and also offer tile installation in Flint, MI. Call today for a free estimate!

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