Tiles in the bathroom

Bathroom ideas from Villeroy & Boch

Bathroom tiles are robust, hygienic and are also an ideal design feature. Large tiles create a different visual effect than small tiles. The right high-quality tiles will transform a small bathroom into a relaxing haven. As well as the visual effect, other criteria also need to be considered when choosing bathroom tiles. For example, different requirements apply for ceramic tiles in a bathroom than in a living room. Research carefully before buying bathroom tiles to avoid any unpleasant surprises. 

How can I find the right bathroom tiles?

When tiling your bathroom, two criteria play an important role: 

  • the actual location in which the tiles will be laid 
  • the desired look for the bathroom 

Make sure floor tiles in your bathroom are very resilient. Wall tiles in the bathroom need to be resistant and easy to clean. Rather than a continuous tiled backsplash, wall tiles can be used as highlights in a modern bathroom. Depending on your personal taste, you could choose a pattern for this or a very bright colour. 

Note: Pay attention to the foundation. Smaller bathroom tiles make it easier to compensate for uneven areas on a floor or crooked walls. 

Ideas for bathroom design with tiles

Bathroom tiles from Villeroy & Boch

The size of tile also affects perception of space. As a rule: large tiles will make a small room look bigger. Small tiles with a pattern can feel distracting on the floor of small rooms and make the space look even smaller. A long, narrow bathroom can be made to look wider by arranging tiles diagonally. 

Light colours create an impression of space, while darker colours absorb the light and make the room feel smaller. Colour-coordinating tiles on the walls and floor of a bathroom create a particularly harmonious effect. One interesting idea for a different look in the bathroom is combining patterned tiles with single-colour tiles in a coordinating shade. 

Tip: Light grey tiles in the bathroom have the advantage of being less inclined to attract dirt than white tiles while still making the space look larger. 

Check the effect of different ideas with samples

Sample tiles are useful to quickly check the effect of your bathroom tile ideas. You can then see which tiles coordinate ideally together and the effect of the tiles in the room. For a completely harmonious look, it is a good idea to carefully check in advance how the selected bathroom ceramics, wallpaper or paints and tiles will look together. These elements will combine to create a fixed framework for your bathroom. 

Would you like to add some highlights? You can use decorative features or a small piece of furniture for this. These can be changed very easily. A striking non-woven wallpaper can also be stripped far more quickly and changed much more easily than replacing a tiled splashback with wallpaper.

Advantages of tiles in the bathroom

Tiles offer quite a few advantages in the bathroom. High-quality tiles are robust and durable. They still look like new even decades later, in most cases without having needed a great deal of care. It is actually only special materials, such as the classic cement tiles, that require regular care to prevent any visible signs of intense wear. 

Tiles can be cleaned easily and thoroughly. This makes them an ideal floor covering for the bathroom in particular. Easy-care finishes allow you to keep the area around the toilet and shower perfectly clean with less effort. The smooth or almost flat surface also stops dirt from accumulating. 

Tiles are made from natural materials. They do not emit any harmful substances and ensure a pleasant indoor climate. Neither their production nor their disposal has any harmful effects on the environment. Tiles are heat-conducting and therefore optimise energy consumption in combination with underfloor heating. 

Advantages of tiles in the bathroom

Tiles come in lots of different looks. The diverse selection of shapes, colours and sizes on the market give you great creative scope for the design of your home spa. From small mosaic tiles to large tiles – anything is possible and a combination of different kinds of tiles also looks very effective in a modern bathroom. Bathroom tiles should be both modern and ageless to ensure they stand the test of time. 

Tip: Self-adhesive tiles are a quick solution to give your bathroom a new look. They are made from vinyl, easy to use and inexpensive. 

There are also different options in terms of material. Ceramic tiles are available in earthenware or stoneware. You can also find tiles in cement, natural stone, glass, metal or wood. One current trend is large tiles with a wood look. The decorative finishes combine the warm feeling of a classic hardwood floor with the ease of care and robustness of tiles, and look particularly attractive in a bathroom, kitchen or hallway. 

Anti-slip properties of bathroom tiles

You step out of the shower and quickly apply body lotion – but any residue on floor tiles could potentially cause you to slip and fall. Anti-slip tiles are therefore a must on the bathroom floor for safety reasons. The product descriptions specify anti-slip classes ranging from R9 to R13, indicating the friction coefficient. R9 is a low value and these tiles are therefore very smooth. They are not particularly suitable for a bathroom floor. R13 means that a tile is rough or textured and is non-skid and slip-proof up to a tilt angle of over 35°.  

The letters A to C are used in combination with the anti-slip class. These indicate a floor’s properties in relation to moisture. The letter A means that this tile is ideal for floors on which water occasionally accumulates. The letter B means the flooring is suitable for standing water, for example for a floor-level shower. Tiles with a rating of C are suitable for accesses and steps leading into water – in other words, for surfaces on which particular grip is required.  


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