Horizontal Tiles V Vertical Tiles
December 19, 2017

Any tile that is rectangle in shape will lead you to a final question of which way do I want to lay them. I decided to break this down into two simple decisions Horizontal or Vertical. Most bathroom tiles we lay in our bathroom renovations throughout Perth, Western Australia are done Horizontal, why you may ask. Well most people like the feel of tiles laid horizontal I have found it’s really as simple as that but below I will break down these reasons why I think this is the case.

Horizontal V Verical

Obviously laying tiles horizontally or vertically wouldn’t make any difference to the actual space of your bathroom in an actual sense but more on the visual side of space it does.. You can trick your mind into thinking that space is longer or higher than it really is.

Laying The Bathroom Tiles Vertically



The bathroom below is a recent renovation we did in Willetton. The room is 1700mm x 1700mm, which is small by most standards for bathrooms, but by using the stonewash dark 300mm x 600mm from the floor upwards vertically we have made the room feel expansive.



You should always lay your bathroom tiles vertically when you are wanting to achieve height in a room. The best-case scenario for laying vertical tiles is when you have a limited bathroom floor space but lots of walls. It will visually open up space, giving you the illusion that the bathroom is higher than it actually is. Keep in mind the grout joints are crucial in this as you can see below if it matches perfectly you can’t really tell which way it’s laid. The other key point to which way to lay tiles is borders or stripes draw your eyes to the flow of a room below is a bathroom renovation in Canning Vale, WA where the grey metal border is laid horizontal against a vertical wall tile as mentioned if you cant see the grout lines whatever dominates in tone will dictate the room.


Laying The Bathroom Walls Horizontal

horizontal tiles

Laying bathroom wall tiles horizontally is for when you want your space to look longer. If you have a limited floor space but a tall bathroom, you might like to choose this option. It will visually open up the bathrooms, giving you the illusion that space is wider and longer than it actually is. As mentioned before grout is crucial. The below bathroom in Roleystone, Perth WA has 4m high ceiling so the idea of creating height was not needed. The client opted for Horizontal bathroom wall tiling and the result add depth and length to the room.



A Few Pro Tips

Below is a previous article, written by On the Ball Bathrooms, to help decide another bathroom tile option:

I often get asked the difference between gloss and matt tiles and generally everyone knows the basics of this, just from doing something as simple as painting a wall. Most of it is common sense but we try to deep dive into alternatives and modern techniques in tackling the age-old choice. Most bathroom renovations we do in Perth use I would say seventy per cent gloss wall tiles and ninety per cent matt floor tiles, this, however, is not 100% accurate but it is pretty close. Below we will give the best pros and cons of matte v gloss tiles.

Matte Tiles V Gloss Tiles

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A lot of bathrooms we renovate do not have much space so any trick or advice that will lead to a larger room they will take. As well as the above advice it’s important to take into consideration if your tile has a pattern that pattern can often dictate how the tiles must be laid.

It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at info@ontheballbathrooms.com.au

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