5 easy mistakes to avoid when selecting tiles & designing your bathroom

Friday 6 October 2017, Written by Laura Tompkins Tags: Bathroom, Trends, Floor, Wall

When updating any room in your house, it’s safe to say you are trying to improve the space and aim for perfection. But the excitement of it all can often lead to design pitfalls and mistakes, especially when there are so many options and styles to choose from. To help ease the process we’ve drawn up some of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them!


It sounds obvious, but it’s easy to get carried away and rush to have your new bathroom ready as soon as possible. The early stages of planning are crucial so we highly recommend visiting your local retailer to browse different shapes and styles and get samples. Looking at tiles in real life and getting inspiration from displays in showrooms is a great place to start, you might even be surprised at some of the styles and colours on offer!

2.Choosing style over substance

This is true in many walks of life, but when it comes to bathrooms, above all they need to be practical and functional. That all singing all dancing light up Jacuzzi bath might look trendy, but is it a worthwhile investment? Investing in durable tiles might not sound exciting but doing so will pay off for years to come and you don’t have to compromise on style.

Victorian Floor Tiles may not be your first thought for a bathroom but here’s a few examples that might change your mind:

If not, what about something more contemporary?

Either way you can see there is plenty to choose from and that tiles can totally transform a space as well as being practical.

3.You need to suss out your storage

Storage can often get overlooked when planning your bathroom but having somewhere to hide those spare loo rolls and half used toothpaste tubes is great forward planning for reality.

Sink vanity units are ideal for this and won’t encroach on too much of your space whilst providing a place to hide a multitude of sins! Then you can really show off all those lovely accessories that have been perfectly matched with your tiles, just like these White Lady Mosaics teamed with a copper mirror, practical and seamless!

4.Not considering finishing touches

Whether it be a dazzling mosaic border or some accessories or plants, personal touches are what make a house a home. A gleaming new suite and tiles is of course a great place to start but making the space your own will give you a sense of originality and décor can be updated throughout the years to keep your bathroom on trend.

5.Not mixing before you fix

This one’s easy, with any tiles you purchase we always recommend you check each box and mix the tiles before you fix them to the wall or floor. Many of our tiles (such as tiles from The Winchester Tile Company and Artworks) are handcrafted with undulating glazes that catch the light differently; checking out the shade variation before you fix your tiles is always a good idea. This way you can mix the tiles to create a more even look.

For more ideas, head over to our Inspiration pages or browse more images on Pinterest.

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