With a wide range of tiles available for your bathroom, it is all too easy to be overwhelmed by the variety on offer. With a huge choice of materials, not to mention colours and patterns, how do you focus in on the tiles that reflect your own personal tastes?

These days, tiles are the wall and floor covering of choice in the modern bathroom. Carpeted floors and wallpapered walls are very much out, with tiles providing any easy clean, hygienic surface that is simple to maintain, hard wearing and good looking.

Here are 5 tips that will help you to choose bathroom tiles.

1. Make your bath a stand out feature

If you have a bath adjoining one or more walls, a tiled area surrounding the tub is definitely the way to go to give it stand out appeal. Simple white tiles can be used here or even a travertine-style or beige-coloured wall tile will help highlight the area and waterproof from splashes.

[Lucia mosaic effect ceramic wall tile]

2. Get down and funky with your floor tiles

Whilst a little more hardwearing than wall tiles, floor tiles needn’t be boring. Indeed, these days you can experiment with wood-effect tiles to give your flooring a distressed and aged look. If you’re going for a monochrome style, then why not opt for plain black and white bathroom tiles, to create an interesting chessboard theme. If you feel like being extra creative, [mosaic tiles] can be used to inlay interesting patterns into what could otherwise be a fairly dull floorspace. Make sure you coordinate between the tiles on your wall and those on the floor to ensure a harmonious look.

[Bark wood-effect tiles]

3. Shower enclosures with appeal

The inside walls of your shower enclosure needn’t conform to the rest of your bathroom when it comes to tiling. Why not select a slightly different colour or even material? Light blues or contrasting whites, blacks, browns or greys could work really well. Different patterns can be created with Metro tiles.

[Metro tiles]

4. Small bathrooms need small tiles

If you are working with a small space, don’t use very large tiles as these will make your bathroom look much smaller than it actually is. There are some great options out there, with plain, smaller bathroom tiles looking particularly appealing. The only downside being that you may have to spend more time and effort actually tiling, but the end result will definitely be worth it.

[Clarity bumpy white gloss tile 200mm x 200mm]

5. Choose colours that suit the users

At the end of the day, your choice of colours should be determined by the end user. If you barely spend time in your bathroom, then why splash out on expensive tiles, when plain ones will do the job? If you have a family bathroom, you might want to use bolder, simple primary colours to make it more child-friendly. If your family is older, or you don’t have children, a more style-conscious colour scheme can be employed, like gorgeous grey glazed tiles or [contrasting wood effect tiles].

[White bathroom tiles]

As with everything when it comes to interior design, your style should reflect your own personality and tiles are no exception. Why not browse our tiles image gallery for further inspiration?