If you're tiling your new bathroom, then you don't just have to decide on a tile design and colour. You also need to think about the format of the tiles. While some people opt for traditional small square tiles in this room, you can also use larger tiles, either in a square or rectangular shape. What are the benefits of using a larger format tile?
1. Get a Quicker Tiling Job
Tiling a bathroom with small traditional tiles takes time. If you're covering all your walls and your bathroom is big, then this can be a laborious job. You could get through hundreds of tiles.
If you use bigger tiles, then it takes fewer of them to fill a wall. One large rectangular or square tile could have the same footprint as four or even more smaller tiles. So, you'll get the job done more quickly because each tile fills more space on a wall. If you want to finish your new bathroom quickly, this will help speed up the process.
2. Make the Room Look Brighter
If your bathroom is small and on the dark side, then larger tiles can open up the room and make it look brighter. This works best with white or light-coloured tiles that reflect light in and around the space.
Smaller tiles break up their walls more. They and their grout lines are more noticeable. This can make a small room feel closed in and poky.
However, larger tiles take up more space individually. You have fewer tiles on the wall, and they have fewer grout lines. The space looks cleaner and streamlined. This can make the room look bigger and brighter than it actually is.
3. Reduce Your Cleaning Jobs
While new tiling looks great to start with, your tiles and their grouting will lose some lustre over time. Grout might start to look dirty and jaded. If you live in a hard water area, then you may get limescale deposits on the tiles and the grouting in shower areas.
Cleaning small tiles takes time. If you need to clean or rejuvenate your grout, then you'll have to work around every tile. Larger tiles are easier to clean and have fewer grout lines. This makes regular and periodic deep-cleaning jobs quicker and easier.
To find out more about the benefits of using larger bathroom tiles, talk to your bathroom designer or renovation contractor.