Designing a bathroom in a new home or renovating an existing bathroom that is past its prime requires careful planning, a realistic budget and some idea of a basic layout. Fortunately, there is a starting point, and that is to settle on one colour around which to build your new bathroom.

From this decision will flow all the others, and while they are all important, the one that is critical to the look of the finished product are the tiles. Once you start looking, you will soon realise that there is a multitude of different colours, shapes and finishes; however, to give you a hand we offer a few suggestions.

Who are we to be offering this advice? We are Budget Shower Screens, a family business supplying and installing shower screens, mirrors and sliding wardrobe doors. We see some spectacular tiling combinations when we install shower screens for our clients, so we are happy to pass on our know-how.

The Rule of Three

You should have one or two colours in the wall tiles, but no more than three. Choose the dominant tile that will cover the largest area. The second tile should complement the colour of the first, perhaps in the shower, behind the bath or as a feature wall. If you opt for a third, this will be the accent tile.

Same Rule for Floor Tiles

A neutral colour is currently favoured for floor tiles. If you have three designs on the walls, stick to one colour on the floor. However, if your wall tiles are all the same colour, pick a floor colour to complement the walls, and use an accent tile on the floor, but no more than three.

Use Your Imagination with Accent Tiles

Don’t restrict your accent tile options to horizontal or vertical strips. Accent tiles can be used in any way that suits the overall design of your bathroom. Unleash your imagination, and if you are not sure, do a computer simulation to see what you like.

Experiment with Sizes and Shapes

Traditional square tiles are safe and will look great in any bathroom, but you could experiment with different sizes and shapes. If you have a large bathroom, use large tiles to cover the space. In a small room, long, narrow tiles can make the walls appear higher.

Don’t Leave Your Plans at Home

Take your floor plans with you when you go to a tile showroom. Having the correct dimensions of your bathroom and ensuite will help the sales consultant work out if the tiles you have chosen will fit the space, and how many tiles to order. 

Whatever your tile choices, we have a shower screen to suit, and we will make them to fit your space. When you are ready, give us a call.