Just because you have a small bathroom or kitchen doesn’t mean that you should feel limited when it comes to flooring options. When laid properly, tiles can add style and function to any room. They come in so many finishes, colours, and textures. Because we know that it can get confusing, we’re here to make you a smarter shopper and help you choose the right tile for your small space. We’ll go over a few rules to follow if you’re in the process of tiling a small floor space.

Choose the right tile layout

If you have a small space, tile diagonally. When you lay the tiles diagonally, they tend to create an illusion of a larger space because the diagonal patterns make the room look bigger. Avoid the conventional square tiles and add vibrancy to your small bathroom by choosing to lay the tiles diagonally. The eyes are drawn to diagonal points which makes it harder for someone to figure out how many tiles are in the room. You may also want to lay rectangular tiles horizontally or going up the wall/along the floor. This works by making the walls appear wider than they are.

Avoid darker colours

There is a reason why most homes have white or off-white ceilings. It is because these lighter colours do not create a visual stop even when used on the ceilings. If you have a small bathroom or kitchen, opt for tiles that have a lighter shade. This doesn’t mean that you should only settle for white tiles, you can choose other lighter colours but avoid anything dark. Tiles that come in lighter colours like white or cream generally make the room appear larger than it is. Also, avoid using grout that contrasts sharply with the tiles. For instance, don’t use black grout with white tiles. At the end of the day, you want to create a visually unending floor space.

Lay larger tiles

When choosing the size of tiles to install in your small bathroom, try and avoid the small or extremely large tiles. When the tiles are too small, they make the room appear cramped. On the other hand, tiles that are too big can overwhelm a room when installed. One thing that most people don’t realize when choosing the size of the tiles is the grout lines that will be produced when they are installed. If the tiles are large, you will have fewer grout lines. However, the larger tiles are more prone to cracking, so they must be carefully installed by an expert.

Should you choose ceramic or porcelain tiles?

Both porcelain and ceramic are ideal tiling materials for small spaces. You just need to ensure they have been properly treated to suit the space. For instance, if the tiles will be installed in the bathroom, make sure they have a low water absorption rate. If the tiles will be installed in a heavy commercial kitchen, they must have a good PEI rating.