Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have large bathrooms. In fact, most bathrooms are either small or box rooms which makes it hard to know where to start when it comes to decorating. Ultimately, you want a colour scheme, design and tiles that will help to open up the space and create the illusion of a larger bathroom. So, exactly what can you do to help your rooms feel bigger than they are? The best place to start is with your tiles.

Bathroom, tiles by Tilemonkey


It’s no shock to learn that colour is going to be your main feature to work with. Of course, the lighter the tile, the more blank space you can create within a room. This however doesn’t mean your restricted to white tiles, any kind of lighter colour is equally as effective. If your bathroom doesn’t have much access to natural light then a lighter tile is a definite must. The lighter colours will bounce light better than darker colours so you will get a much better aesthetic. However, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, all you need to do is look to the current trends. Grey tiles are huge right now and while you may be worried these will shrink a room, they are perfect for smaller bathrooms that have access to plenty of light. You can also use grey tiles in alcoves or insets in walls to create a stronger sense of dimension and therefore, space.

Grey Tiles by Tile Monkey

Grout Lines

Sometimes overlooked, the grout colour you choose is almost as important as the tile colour itself. It’s best for smaller bathrooms to match the tile and the grout together to create a seamless look. If you choose a dark grout, like grey or black, you can make the wall seem busier and therefore have an affect on how small the room feels. While contrasting grout may be on trend, it’s important to remember to be realistic with the space you have and not follow trends for the sake of it. Matching tile and grout colour creates a flawless finish that can open up a wall or floor space beautifully, so try to aim for this when tiling.

Tiles by Tile Monkey

Tile Size

As previously mentioned, grouting has an impact on the overall look of your tiling. With that said, tile size is the next thing you should be considering. Generally speaking, smaller tiles used across an expanse such as a whole wall or floor would be incredibly damaging. Using lots of small tiles can clutter an already tight space and is even worse if used with a contrasting grout. Similarly, choosing a large format tile can dwarf a room. A large tile is only really appropriate in larger rooms as they look far more proportionate. In a bit of a Goldilocks situation, a medium sized tile would be your best bet. It won’t give you that busy look of a small tile and also won’t make your room feel unbalanced as a larger tile would. This, with a matching grout, will give you a perfect equilibrium in the room.

Bathroom in tiles by Tile Monkey


Now you’ve chosen the right colour, grout and size, it’s time to think about the finer details. The finish of your tile can create an infinite number of looks, so which ones are best for smaller bathrooms? Your best option would have to be a gloss tile. It’s unparalleled shine is great for bouncing light around a room creating that all important illusion of more space. If you don’t want a high shine, look for a satin finish instead. This offers a shine but will a slightly more subdued effect.

Tiling a small bathroom doesn’t have to be a challenge, follow these simple suggestions and you’ll have a gorgeous bathroom in no time!

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