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Ideas to help you create your dream bathroom

Classic or contemporary? Minimalist or hotel glam? Whatever look you want to create in your bathroom, tiles can play a big part in the overall aesthetic. Here we show you how tiles can help you create your dream bathroom.

Classic bathroom

If you want to create a classic bathroom, chances are you’d like something timeless that won’t date easily. In this case, marble effect tiles in neutral tones are a good choice.

To give your bathroom an up-to-date yet classic feel, choose larger tiles—they create a seamless, clean look as well as making smaller bathrooms appear larger.

Modern all-white bathroom

White bathrooms are very stylish and won’t date easily either. But how do you keep them from feeling too sterile? Tiles can help. Add texture and interest with textured white tiles—this will give your bathroom a designer look and feel, and gives you the chance to be creative with lighting too (thoughtful light placement can show-off texture to stunning effect).

Update an all-white bathroom with subway tiles. They’re on-trend right now, but they won’t date either, so they’re a good investment. They give a clean, classic-meets-contemporary look.

Create the illusion of space in a smaller all-white bathroom with softly reflective white tiles. Use them on one wall to keep them from feeling ‘too much’.

Monochrome bathrooms

Black, white and grey work perfectly together, especially in bathrooms. It’s difficult to go wrong with this colour scheme, as it’s so versatile:

Modern monochrome

If you’ve got a white bath, toilet and sink and want a bold contemporary look, create a feature wall with black tiles, but soften the impact with textured or ‘aged’ look tiles.

Classic monochrome

White subway wall tiles with black or grey stick tiles create a classic British look. Choose white floor tiles, and add black and grey accents—mirrors, black towels and pictures.

Vintage monochrome

Create a vintage monochrome look with a tiled feature floor. These are this year’s feature walls, and work brilliantly in bathrooms. Choose classic black and white tiles, and keep wall tiles plain, so the floor is the focal point.

Mosaic bathrooms

There are lots of looks you can create with mosaic tiles:

Soft mosaics

If you want a subtle twist on a neutral or all-white bathroom, a mosaic splashback or feature wall in the same colour is a great idea. It’ll create the appearance of space and bring a touch of personality to a neutral bathroom.

Colourful mosaics

If you want to introduce colour into your bathroom, mosaic tiles are a great way to do it. They come in lots of hues and textures, so you can create exactly the look you want. Colourful mosaic tiles work very well as splashbacks and on feature walls. Try tiles rich spice market hues—think of the vibrant colours you’d find in a Moroccan souk.

One-colour mosaics

Create an impact in a shower or around a bath with one-colour mosaic tiles. This creates a grown-up, hotel-chic look and works particularly well with black, grey, white and neutral tiles.

Bathrooms with impact

If you want a statement bathroom, there are lots of ways to do it with tiles.

Black tiles

These make an impact in any bathroom, and with today’s tiles you can control the effect. Create a sophisticated look with rectangular matt tiles arranged vertically in a straight lay pattern. Keep lines in the bathroom similar with sleek fittings, and keep clutter hidden away.

Go for understated elegance and glamour with softly reflective black tiles. Choose large square tiles and lay them in a straight lay pattern for a clean, unfussy feel.

Get creative with borders and feature tiling

Add a little something special to your bathroom with our tile border and feature ideas. From coloured grouting to new-season border designs, find an idea that sparks your imagination.

Borders, reimagined

Tile borders are making a comeback in 2015/16, and they’re better than ever. Use them to add interest to plain tiles, bring warmth to a cool bathroom, or inject this year’s Turkish hues into a neutral space.

There are so many border tile styles to choose from, and they no longer have to be placed just round the middle of the wall — you can be as creative with placement as you like.

Shower power

Borders aren’t limited to the walls. Think about creating a border around the bottom of the shower cubicle. It’s a modern twist on a border, and a great way to give your bathroom a unique look.

You can use borders on the floor too, creating a feature floor, bordering the bath or sink, or even going around the whole room.

Wickes tip: A border works particularly well in a contrasting colour to the rest of the bathroom. A black border in an all-white bathroom looks super stylish and won’t date easily.

Different directions

Borders are no longer just horizontal, and there’s no limit to how many you can have. Vertical borders create height, and more than one gives bathrooms a modern designer feel.

Splashback style

If you want to update your bathroom, but don’t want to tile every wall, just change the splashback. It’s an ingenious way to bring a bathroom right up to date, without the expense of redoing the whole bathroom.

Stuck for ideas? Subway tiles have a clean and timeless look, and rich spice market hues add warmth and vibrancy. Texture is also a big trend—use textured-effect tiles round the bath and sink for an ultra modern look.

See more top bathroom tile trends in our tile trend section.

Fall for a Feature Wall

Make an impact with a tiled feature wall. You can be as bold or as subtle as you like, and you can also position your feature wall wherever you like. It also means you don’t have the expense of tiling the whole space.

Use polished black tiles on the wall of the sink to create an impactful contrast with a white sink. Inject some colour into your bathroom with a mosaic feature wall—this works particularly well in smaller bathrooms as it creates the illusion of depth.

Or if you like the trend for wood-effect tiles, create a Scandinavian style accent wall behind the bath or around the sink.

Cement Your Style

Cement is making a comeback. Sound a bit scary? Then dip your toe into the trend with cement-effect tiles, and use them to create a striking floor design or a cool feature wall.

Colourful grouting

Changing the colour of grouting can make tiles really stand out, and even change the style of the room altogether. Colourful grouting works very well with white tiles, and white grouting looks very stylish with black subway tiles.

Bathroom tile layout patterns

You have an idea about the kind of tiles you want, but how do you decide on a layout? We’ve put together the most popular bathroom tile patterns so you can quickly find the one you like most. From the simple to the intricate, be inspired to create the tile look you want.