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Bathroom Tile Ideas For Small Bathrooms

Bathrooms tend to come in a wide array of shapes, sizes and designs, and without major reconstruction and remodelling to a home, the space we have is often the one we have to work with. This has led to many people trying to figure out how they can make the most of a small bathroom area, creating a luxurious space within smaller square footage than may otherwise be considered.

As with most bathroom designs, tiles have invariably been one of the most prominent parts of the small bathroom design process. This is because, outside of their usual stylistic and cleaning benefits, tiles create texture and structure that may otherwise be difficult to bring to a limited area.

So, what can you do with tiles in a smaller space, and what are some bathroom tile ideas for small bathrooms that you can consider for your own projects? Well, at Tilemall, we’re here to assist you with all your bathroom tiling needs. So, let’s take a look at some tips and tricks to help you bring a big sense of style to your small space.

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Balance White With Neutral Textures

Though new renovators often default to a complete white-tile design, for smaller spaces that don’t have as much space to build textures, a little more variety is encouraged. However, you also want to avoid overwhelming the room or creating too much dissonance or disorganisation aesthetically, which is why neutral, muted textures are generally preferred. Mixing white bathroom tiles with terrazzo tiles, for example, will allow for a pleasant contrast between the wall and floor tiles, adding much-needed visual cohesion.

Pair Your Tiles With Your Choice of Vanity

The ways in which tiles are chosen will have a lot to do with the materials that surround them or the materials they are meant to surround. This is no better illustrated than with your choice of vanity or mirror. Unlike most furnishings within a home, a vanity is meant to be a part of a cohesive whole within your bathroom space, so selecting colours that complement your vanity will provide your bathroom with a fantastic first impression to whoever enters.

For a more in-depth look at the particulars of pairing colours and textures with tiles, we’ve written a relatively extensive article detailing some bathroom styling ideas. Feel free to explore this for some additional inspiration.

Consider Zoning Your Small Bathroom Tiles

As much as visual cohesion is key to a good design, using different bathroom colours and textures to create small segmentations and zones can be a fantastic way to get more out of a small space. Many smaller bathrooms have areas dedicated to the toilet, the bath/shower, and the basin. Creating small flourishes to differentiate these areas slightly will assist in making your bathroom feel considered.

Create a Half-Wall Tile Design

Design For A Whole Bathroom Design

Quite often, when tiling a bathroom, it’s expected that it will be an all-or-nothing approach, with the bathroom being entirely tiled. However, a lot of work can be done with partially tiled bathrooms, especially in smaller spaces. This can be seen in bathrooms that use tiling on the lower part of a wall whilst saving the upper part for paint or, in some cases, wallpapering.

Remember that tiles bring more than simply colour to a space and can be used in tandem with other styles to create some fantastic changes in texture. So, when you’re planning out small bathroom tiles, it’s best to consider all of the various avenues you have at your disposal. With that said, do keep in mind that many paints are not suited to the high-moisture environment of a bathroom, especially small bathrooms that fill up with steam more quickly. So, when choosing paint for the upper area of your wall, make sure you have chosen one that is specifically suitable for a bathroom.


There are so many things that can be done with tiles to make more out of a small bathroom, and this is just a small smattering of tips and tricks you can use to direct you. For more information on the effective use of tiles, why not explore the Tilemall tile blog? We post new tile, bathroom, and kitchen content regularly, so you can always stay up to date with the latest tips and trends.

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