Ceramic tiles have long gained great popularity as an element of the interior of bathrooms. Over the years, its use has accumulated a lot of opinions and myths about its proper use and selection. Some of them are personal opinions of a particular person who has his own specific taste. It is not known when such a subjective opinion has spread and grown to the rank of a rule, and in the eyes of specialists in the field of interior design has become one of the myths. As a rule, this refers to the size of the tiles used and the choice of color (for example, the myth that a great contrast spoils the look of a small bathroom).
How to choose the right tile that will fit perfectly into the design of a small bathroom? Below are some universal guidelines that should be taken into account when visiting construction stores.
Mosaic breaks space, and large tiles require too large rooms - is this really so? Consider the basic techniques of how to create an optimal design in a small bathroom, as well as myths and finishes.
A small bathroom may seem more visually when we apply several tricks. Explore the colors and patterns that we can apply to improve its proportions. Proper use of colors will allow us not only to optically expand the space, it can also raise and lower the ceiling, expand the walls.
A small bathroom can be optically enlarged using various means and methods. For example, the use of combinations of mirrors for the visual expansion of space. Narrow bathrooms can be expanded by installing wide mirrors on long, parallel walls. A movable mirror can be placed on the cabinet door, behind which shelves for storing cosmetics are hidden. Using mirrors will help to change the ratio of the walls.
What colors in the bathroom can help visually enlarge a small interior? One of the proven ways to increase a small bathroom is to apply finishes and equipment made of transparent and translucent materials,as well as light tile. A transparent or translucent glass sink or cabinet will seem smaller and lighter than similar full-color ones.
Dark colors in the bathroom reduce the space, and light increase. In a small bathroom, you should not use large surfaces with dark, saturated colors. Of course, this does not mean that you need to completely abandon the dark or bright tiles, it can be used, but limited. It is better to think about pastel colors, cold and light.
The colors in the bathroom in a cold palette (blue, gray, green) have the properties to separate the surface on which they are located, the warm colors (yellow, red, brown) approximate the walls and the surfaces on which they are located. The color can also hide some defects in the bathroom interior.
To expand a small bathroom, you can use tiles with horizontal stripes on the walls. At the same time, the bands should not be too wide (maximum for the width of one tile).
In a small bathroom should not use large patterns, as they visually reduce the space.It should also be remembered that the vertical stripes increase the height of the interior, this technique can be used in a bathroom with a low ceiling.
Colors and patterns should be carefully selected. Improper handling can be counterproductive than expected.
Designing a small bathroom is a challenge for any designer. At the first stage, there are always questions concerning not only the equipment, but also the style of the room. The richness of design, size and color offered by manufacturers of ceramic tiles and decors is dizzying. Manufacturers flooded the market with new ideas in different styles: marine, oriental, traditional and minimalism. So if you are busy repairing a bathroom, ask yourself: what will look good in the bathroom, what style do you feel best?
Currently leading is a modern minimalist style. Patterns of tiles often imitate natural stone, including marble and sandstone. Simple shape, contrasting colors, harsh materials such as glass,the metal is designed for small bathrooms - large structural tile formats form a single plane on the walls, and a moderate design does not divide such a small area into parts.
If you use a large tile format with a glossy surface in a small bathroom, you can easily get the optical illusion of a larger space.
An unusual decision would be to apply decorative strips of colored glass that break the monotony of color and “liven up” the room. In addition, the decorative element in the collections is a large mosaic, which allows you to continue to create complex artistic elements. It perfectly combines with large-format tiles and other forms of wall decoration.
Experts refute the principle of a specific tile size in a small bathroom. It really doesn’t matter how big it is, but it’s very important that it creates a uniform surface. It is here that the grouting, or rather its color, becomes much more important. The contrast between the tiles and the color of grout joints unnecessarily divides the surface, thus visually reducing the space.The way out of this situation is to choose the right color of the seams, as far as possible it should be tile-like. Too many lines will be superfluous in a small bathroom.
The game of color can also give quite satisfactory results. For example, to even out the proportions, you can trim three walls with light tiles, and the fourth with dark ones. Light colors surely love small spaces, but the contrast of colors, even when using dark shades, can also look very aesthetic. As for the mosaic in the bathrooms, its use is quite appropriate, but only to emphasize some element, such as a mirror or sink.
More than two different formats in the same bathroom, regardless of their size, is a bad idea.