The right size tile for your bathroom renovation is whatever you want it to be. That sounds like a cop-out but its the truth. Below I will present you with the pros and cons of various sides but it's important to note if you love it and understand the positives and negatives of the tile size you choose than have what you want. That being said let me get into the breakdown of bathroom floor tiling we have done in Perth WA.
Lets play out this scenario my shower is 900mm wide and the drain is dead in the centre at 450mm if my tile is say 600mm x 600mm my one tile will go from the wall to over the drain in just one tile so how do you create a large fall if this one tile takes up the entire space. So working on that scenario its all about common sense from there. Now there are ways around this and tricks you can do to create fall but like everything, there are consequences and cost factors that increase when doing something of that nature. Below we will break down the common floor sizes and the pros + cons of each size.
200mm x 200mm or Smaller (En-caustic or Patterned)
Great for decorative features such a federation style
For amazing drainage
Floors that have a really uneven surface are better suited for smaller tiles
Encaustic tiles in Perth are all the rage and have a high degree of availability
Has a very high increased amount of grout lines
Often do not come in rectified tiles
The more the lines something has the more a feature it will become often drawing your eyes to a floor
In 2018 smaller tiles have come into fashion as the best pattern can be created with en-caustic bathroom tiles as there is a move back to traditional styles. Where the range had become small in the 2000's the boom of styles and choices have given people who like the size so many more options.
300 x 300 (Perth Bathrooms)
Come in cushion edge and a massive range of rectified tiles for both flat and up and down floors
Big enough to have smaller grout but small enough to allow for a great fall
Drainage is possible for central drains in showers and wet rooms
Often comes in a larger 300mm x 600mm that gives you a matching wall til
The 300mm x 300mm is the number one recommend tile by us for bathroom floor tiling if you are having a conventional bathroom drainage. They allow for adequate fall especially for open showers that do not have long strip drains. The also come in a rectified design so grout will look seamless making them practical and looking great as the many examples below from Perth bathroom tiling we have completed.
300mm x 600mm (Feature Tile)
Almost no grout is present with 300 x 600 and larger tiles
Have amazing patterns that can be seen in full
Can be used on floor and wall to create a unbroken feature
Come mostly in rectified tiles for seamless grout
Can have very poor drainage even with a strip drain
Almost impossible to get adequate fall without having a lip at door edge
Requires extensive layout prep work for great fall
Can cost not only more to lay but to also purchase
300mm x 600mm tiles are great for making the most of a feature wall. You can run that tile from the floor to the ceiling creating a a feel of height to a room if run vertical or horizontal adding a length visually. This size is the maximum we recommend to get adequate bathroom drainage.
600mm x 600mm or Larger
When you enter this size tile range you are starting to ask for miracles from your tiler. The way you should look at it is how can I angle the tile towards my drain effectively. If one tile goes from the wall to over the top of the drain your fall would be a lot less unless you either undertake the installation of strip drain or add multiple cuts in the tile. You can get a carried away trying to reduce the grout by making the tiles giant but you don't want to put your tiler in a position where he is trying to make miracles happen. If grout is the big issue go for rectified tiles and if that seamless look like a slab is what you are going for than focus more on the grout match as the closer you get that the more seamless it will look.
Large format tiles can be great to look at but always keep the cost in mind. Not only the physical cost of the labour/purchase but the stress cost of maybe having a constant feeling of the water not quite draining enough or putting your tiler through the ringer. You can be the greatest tilers in the world (and we feel we are) but without the right drains and the right rooms size nothing can be archive 100% if you haven’t got the space to achieve the fall you need. It all comes down to look over substance.
Pro Tip: Always pay the extra and get a strip drain grate like below for the larger tiles as it will give you the exact fall you need
P.SS I have not included mosaics as floor tiles as I would highly recommend you stay away from them especially stone mosaics. They not only need continue sealing, grout that gets dirty quicker than any other tile but they also do not drain very well, The constant dampness will drive you up the wall
Big tiles can make a space appear larger as there are fewer grout joints and the large tile gives the illusion of space. Often we go for what we have always been customized to such as the traditional 200mm x 200mm tile as we often feel small rooms need small tiles but why? from years of doing this, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that small tiles make your small room feel smaller unless seamless looking. All you see is the hundreds of grout lines everywhere.
Well hopefully we helped a little. It all comes down to common sense. The larger the tile the less grout but too large and you have to give up something else. To quote Goldilocks sort of, “300mm x 300mm is just right”
All bathrooms are different with no two ever the same so it's important to take our advice as just a guide to help you along the way. The advice we give is based on bathrooms completed in Perth WA. We at on the ball bathrooms love feedback. Let us know what you think, experiences you have had or any questions you would love to know the answer to, we will aim to help or give a little piece of mind as nothing would make us happier. If you are looking for a bathroom renovations quote and you live in Perth, Western Australia please don't hesitate to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 0419964678
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