Small Bathroom Designs: Tile Can Play a Big Role

To pull off successful small bathroom designs, you'll need to carefully consider tile size, shade, and shape, as well as where you'd want to incorporate tile into your design. For a small bathroom, remember that the backsplash, shower surround, and flooring play leading roles in creating a well-thought-out design.

Carefully choosing materials for your bathroom redesign can also add to your home's resale value. Similar to kitchens, bathrooms often help to sell homes, so it's important to choose quality materials that will turn your small space into one with big, bold impact.

Go with the Right Tile Size

Small bathroom designs don't necessarily require mini tiles to achieve appropriate scale. In fact, going with big tile can produce a showstopping look—but you should use a little caution to ensure your tile and the size of your room compliment one another.

Photo features Lounge14 Spritzer 18 x 36 on the floor and walls.

Instead, choose a tile size that allows you to place at least three in each direction—any fewer, and the tile will appear too big for the room. Opting for the largest tiles that are appropriate for the space means fewer grout lines, and going with narrow grout lines will have an end result that's clean and fluid.

Choose the Perfect Tile Shade and Finish

The color, shade, and finish of the tile you choose for a small bathroom can make or break your overall design. For example, it's no secret that pale shades make a room airy and bright, which in turn makes the space seem larger. You can also stretch the size of the space by using tiles that are at least a shade darker than the other finishes in the space.

The ultimate way to visually expand the appearance of a small bathroom is to go with a monochromatic scheme that features similar light colors and high-gloss finishes for each detail. And a glossy finish, whether it's on porcelain fixtures, marble-inspired floor tile, or a glass mosaic tile backsplash, reflects light and can infuse any space with more illumination than a matte finish.

Photo features Oxford Bianco 5 x 15 on the walls.

Carefully Consider Tile Shape

Square is only one of many tile shape options, and it may not be the right shape to make a small bathroom look like it has more space. Instead, consider linear or plank tiles, which offer length when they run in the direction that needs it most.

You can use tile to do much more than just widen the floor. You can also add tile up the walls to make the ceiling appear higher than it is, or continue it up the wall that faces the entrance of the room to create a runway effect in order to lengthen the space. If you plan to implement square tiles into your design for form, try to opt for small mosaic tile, and run it from the floor to the ceiling for the most visually appealing layout.

Incorporate a Few Bold Details

Your small space needs a few impressive details in order to stand out in the world of bathroom designs. Don't be afraid to implement tile that offers texture, whimsy, and daring attitude—just don't go overboard. For example, you could create an ornate feature wall that backs a freestanding tub or floating vanity. A striking wall of aesthetic movement draws the onlooker in, giving the eye somewhere to start. From there, try to incorporate small but stimulating touches, such as designer linens and a stand-out tile border.

When designing a small bathroom space, keep it minimal because clutter is never a tiny room's friend. Add only a few bold, decorative elements, keep a clean, simple color palette, and be sure to choose quality finishes. With this guidance, you'll develop a space that's big on style, regardless of how limited it is in terms of square feet.