Remodelling a bathroom is an incredibly exciting prospect with endless opportunities on how to add a touch of personality to your new space. However, as many components must be incorporated to make your bathroom not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional, it can be tricky to know where to start. One of the hardest decisions will be choosing which tiles will be integrated into your design, as the tiles can bring the colour scheme and luxurious feel together.

With this in mind, having specialised in bathroom installations in Harpenden and the surrounding areas for many years, we have pieced together some of our favourite bathroom tiling ideas as well as some things to consider when choosing your tile colour and material.

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    Inspire Your Next Renovation With These Bathroom Tiling Ideas

    With a wealth of tile styles available, you most definitely will not be short of inspiration when researching those that best fit your vision. Although appearance will be the most significant contributing factor towards your decision, you must also keep durability, hygiene and ease of cleaning in mind, as well as whether you require additional features such as slip-resistance – this will mainly be for floor tiling. With so many things to consider, let’s take a closer look at how to make your decision a little easier.

    Light Grey Glossy Tile

    What Are The Best Bathroom Tiles?

    Tiles are one of the most common decor choices in a bathroom, not only because they offer guaranteed water resistance, but they also help to maintain a clean appearance, even many years after installation. This leads to the question, ‘what are the best bathroom tiles?’ and ‘what features make a good tile?’.

    Before beginning to shortlist your final tile options, familiarising yourself with the key qualities you should keep an eye out for is vital. These will ensure that you do not experience any issues or damage in the future. The most important characteristics of a good bathroom tile include the following:

    Easy To Clean

    From shampoo and conditioner to toothpaste and cosmetics, there are a host of everyday items that are likely to find themselves splattered on your tiling. It is for this reason that your tiles must be easy to clean by simply wiping them down with disinfectant wipes, a cloth or, if it is the flooring, a mop.

    To ensure that you can keep maintenance as straightforward as possible, we recommend opting for a tile with low porosity, as this will ensure that dirt, dust and stains do not become trapped on the surface. For more information on how to clean bathroom tiles, take a look at Real Homes.

    Large Grey Tiles

    Guarantee Longevity

    Particularly if you are planning to tile both the walls and flooring in your bathroom, the job will likely take a considerable amount of time and precision, so it isn’t a project that you want to have to reschedule every few years. In opting for tiles that are designed using tough materials with a protective coating over the surface, you can ensure that your tiles last you for years to come, providing guaranteed value for money.

    Large White Tiles


    Not every area of your bathroom is going to be the same shape, and there will be some small crevices you’ll need to fill, which makes it essential that your chosen tiles are versatile. If you opt for tiling that is impossible to cut to shape or may split when reshaped, you may find that you cannot achieve a seamless finish on walls or floors, dampening the overall appearance of your new space.


    If you are particularly worried about hygiene, you may want to consider choosing tiles equipped with anti-bacterial properties. Due to the nature of anti-bacterial tiles, they prevent bacteria, viruses and mould from being able to grow and spread by decomposing the microorganisms.

    Scratch Resistant

    Especially if your tiling is predominately on the floor, it’s likely that they will go through their fair share of wear and tear. From popping into the bathroom while wearing shoes before heading out to dragging storage boxes and baskets, there are many different things that have the potential to damage your tiling. If you opt for scratch-resistant tiles, on the other hand, you will never have to worry about your flooring beginning to look a little worse for wear; they will stay in immaculate condition.

    Grey Splashed Tiles

    Bathroom Floor Tile Ideas

    Once you are confident about what qualities to look out for when choosing tiles, it is time to delve deeper into the types you may encounter. A wealth of different materials can be used to manufacture tiles, which means that it is guaranteed that you will find the perfect option to fit your design. When it comes to flooring tiles, you will need to keep slip-resistance and anti-scratching properties in mind to ensure that your bathroom is safe and has minimal damage. Here are our top bathroom floor tile ideas to give you some inspiration:


    It is thought that the use of cement tiles in the home dates back as far as the 1800s, which makes them the perfect option if you adore the appearance of a more traditional bathroom style. Although you can find cement tiles that are plainer in colour, they are best known for their impressive colourful, geometric patterning. One of the most popular pattern styles is those inspired by Moroccan culture, featuring intricate shapes and contrasting colours. This is fantastic for those who want to add a touch of personality to their bathroom, making the tiling the focal point for their space. More details on the benefits of cement tiling can be found on Granada Tile.

    If you’re stuck for inspiration on how to incorporate patterned tiling into your bathroom, head over to our case study page for a project we completed in Rickmansworth. We worked with a client to transform their en-suite, featuring not only stunning tiling work but also a modern shower enclosure and much more! It is a wonderful example of how your choice of tiling can make a massive difference to the overall finish of your design.

    Large Dark Grey Tiles


    Ceramic bathroom tiles are most commonly complete with a high gloss finish, making them a beautiful accompaniment to a clean white bathroom. It also means they can easily be wiped down should they begin to look a little grubby, keeping your bathroom pristine.

    The most significant benefit for many is that ceramic tiles are considerably more cost-effective than their alternatives without compromising quality. They are available in many shapes, sizes and colours, allowing you to find the perfect finishing touches for your bathroom.

    Dark Blue Tiles


    For those with a more neutral design palette, limestone would be an excellent tiling material option. Limestone tiles come alongside a more rustic feel than a decorative finish and are widely known for their organic, textured finish, mostly in shades of beige. They are ideal for those who want to reap the benefits of a natural stone tile but do not have the budget to cover alternatives such as marble. These natural properties of limestone also mean you do not have to rely on synthetic substitutes, making the material one of the most environmentally friendly tiling options.

    Groovy Green has put together a great article with more information on the environmental benefits of using limestone when designing your home.

    Limestone Bathroom

    Bathroom Wall Tile Ideas

    Now that you fully understand what makes a good bathroom tile, it is time to look at some bathroom wall tile ideas. There are plenty of ideas that you can consider, some of which are perfect for modern-style rooms, while others can help to bring a slight hint of colour without going over the top. Here are some of our favourite bathroom wall tile ideas!


    Having specialised in bathrooms in Milton Keynes and the local surrounding areas for many years, we have seen an abundance of trends come and go, but one that remains is marble tiling. Marble is always the first choice for those hoping to achieve a modern bathroom style, often used to accompany a white design for a simple yet sleek aesthetic.

    Depending on your budget, you can opt for either a natural marble tile made from organic limestone or an artificial alternative that will prove far more affordable. If you were to choose the route of installing natural marble, you would need to schedule resealing on a regular basis, as this will prevent the surface from staining and etching with age. For a guide on how to seal marble tiling, take a look at The Spruce.

    Marbled White Tiles


    A tile material that is often left unconsidered yet looks stunning in any bathroom design is glass. As glass offers a reflective surface, it means that it is ideal for bouncing light around the room, making the space appear more bright and airy. This makes it a fantastic choice for those with a smaller bathroom, especially when accompanied by mirrors, as it tricks the eye into believing that the floorplan is larger. For more tips on decorating a small bathroom, take a look at our previous article.

    Although glass tiles can be used on the flooring, they are better suited to the walls as, due to the fragile nature of the material, they cannot withstand heavy traffic. When used on the walls, on the other hand, particularly in a mosaic pattern around the shower, glass tiling offers a sophisticated, contemporary bathroom design. They are also available in a range of beautiful colours, with the most popular being muted, pastel hues.

    Shades Of Blue Tiles

    Best Bathroom Tile Colours

    There are tons of colour themes you can introduce into your bathroom, with many of our clients sticking to soft, elegant and contemporary palettes. However, you can incorporate a range of colours from pastel pink to dark navy, helping you to make your space your own. This can be created through freestanding baths, sink units and, of course, tiles.

    As our most popular designs focus on greys, creams, whites and green shades, we have featured some of our recent projects in galleries below to help you visualise trending styles and how, while using the same colour palette, you can transform your space to match your style.

    Grey Bathroom Tile Ideas

    By far, the most popular and loved colour is grey, with some clients going all out and having a completely grey bathroom, to others incorporating hints of chrome, black and even gold to bring character to the design. For a lighter room, perhaps opt for a subtle shade of grey along with more delicate accents and shades; however, for a more dramatic and darker room, darker shades are for you, along with eye-catching and stand-out brighter shades!

    This colour combines modernity and sophistication with a lot of versatility, meaning that you can style your bathroom in any way whilst sticking to the colour scheme of grey, resulting in a perfect contemporary and striking bathroom.

    There are many different shades of grey tiles that you can purchase; their endless possibilities of style, colour and shape allow you to choose your favourite and style around that! Take a look at our top grey bathroom tile ideas:

    White Bathroom Tile Ideas

    If you’re looking to create a backdrop that will allow you to introduce a host of colours and features that will stand out, then white will be your go-to colour. White is a perfect colour that enables you to style it any way you want; use it as your canvas and build upon it, or use it as your base colour scheme and have a completely pristine, modern look!

    You can design a contemporary, modern or traditional bathroom using the light tones of whites and creams, making it excellent for all bathroom types. White also looks stunning in marble with grey, black, gold and even pink tones running through the stone.

    It is the most common and favourable colour to go for any smaller room as it allows the light entering the room to bounce off it and create the illusion of a larger, airier room, perfect for those with limited space! Why not consider some of these white bathroom tile ideas for your design?

    Green Bathroom Tile Ideas

    Green is renowned for its healing, refreshing properties, meaning it makes for a gorgeous bathroom in which you can bathe and completely rejuvenate whilst soaking in the different shades of green.

    Its complete versatility and differences in shades are what make it so unique, though; perhaps go for a deep, verdant forest green or a more radiant teal shade; no matter what, your bathroom will be left looking stunning and entirely fit for you!

    Some people may be worried about going for an entirely green bathroom, be rest assured you can incorporate green into the room in many different ways; why not opt for a patterned style with hints of green and white or a pale, sheen shade of green tiles for a more modern feel?

    If you love the idea of going full-on dark green, we recommend placing accents of copper and pewter, as these complement the hue flawlessly. In contrast, lighter green with white incorporated goes brilliantly with gold or black accents.

    Light Green Tiles

    Complete Your Bathroom With The Perfect Tiling!

    Tiling is always a sought-after choice for our clients who schedule the design and installation of their bathroom suites in St Albans and the surrounding areas due to its wealth of benefits. Not only is tiling ideal for bringing your interior design theme to life, but the feature couldn’t be more straightforward to maintain. With just a simple wipe down or mop each time you clean the bathroom, your chosen tiles are guaranteed to stay in immaculate condition.

    Finding the perfect tiling for your bathroom will take a considerable amount of thought, as you will need to consider your colour scheme and the scale of your available space. If you are in need of any guidance, then please do not hesitate to contact the Ahmco team. We can offer a wealth of expert knowledge on transforming your space, as well as information on popular bathroom themes!

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