There are four tricks I use to reduce my tiling cost while making sure the bathroom looks good…

 

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Trick #1: Make sure your wall tiles aren’t your feature – have something else in the room to catch your eye.

Whether a mirror with an interesting frame, a lovely bath or even just a vase with flowers on the counter. You don’t want people really looking and focusing on the wall tiles. The walls tiles should never be the feature.

Trick #2: Match your wall paint to your wall tiles – this will make your room feel bigger.

It distracts the eye from noticing the difference between the tiled parts of wall and the untiled parts of wall. And by that, I mean use white wall tiles and white paint. I just asked around the office and asked who had done a bathroom with anything other than white wall tiles. A few people had done a single feature wall (in the floor tiles) or a feature plinth in a different tile, but the rest of the room still had white walls. In a bathroom it looks clean and big, and they are the two emotional responses you want when someone walks into a bathroom.

 

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Trick #3: Rather than tiling halfway say to 1.2m in height, split the bathroom up!

Do tiling to 2.1m in some areas, and then only a skirting tile in other areas. If you plan this in advance, you can end up with a bathroom that looks great. No one else will notice how much money you saved. I had a bathroom recently where I tiled the shower cubicle and the wall immediately behind the toilet, nothing else. The bath had a window behind it, and the vanity had a full wall mirror. That was a big cost saving.

Trick #4: Instead of a skirting tile, you can use a traditional timber skirting.

Especially if you already have this throughout the rest of the house or unit. It’s not as waterproof so make sure you use a hardwood and only do this in areas that won’t get regularly wet. The offset is it looks great and always gets comments when I do. You need to partner this will wall tiles to the shower other areas that regularly get wet so often won’t work in a small bathroom, but in a big bathroom it looks hot! Any walls that are not tiled need to be water resistant, such as Villaboard or moisture resistant plasterboard. You may want to use a paint that reduces mould growth as well.