How to Select Tiles to Suit Your Wet Room
It’s official – wet rooms are now becoming as common a feature in residential homes as they are in hotels! Many people are choosing to incorporate a wet room design into their homes as they work to achieve a minimalist, luxurious feel to their bathroom. Wet rooms offer several benefits over the traditional bathroom option; they are more accessible, easier to clean and create a much bigger space.
A wet room is a completely tiled surface – walls and floors – with no shower trays or bathtubs. Instead of these common bathroom fixtures, a wet room consists of an open shower space, exactly as you would expect to see in extravagant hotel rooms. However luxurious they may seem, you certainly don’t need a luxury budget to transform your bathroom into a wet room.
Having said this, you do need to know what you’re doing if you want to get the look just right. For this reason, we’ve compiled the below info to help you with one of the most important decisions that you’ll have to make when installing your wet room. Don’t know what we’re getting at? It’s how to select the right tiles of course! Read on for more important info when it comes to choosing the right tiles for a wet room.
The Finish of the Tile
Some tiles can be quite slippery when wet, which can cause a hazard in a wet room and is a bad idea, especially if someone with poor mobility or children will be using the bathroom. Be sure to choose raised tiles for the surface of the floor in your wet room. Ceramic and slates tiles are the most popular choice, however slate/stone tiles can offer better durability. You’ll also need to consider a tiles ability to combat water penetration.
The Position of Your Drain
One of the key factors that will influence the selection of tiles to suit your wet room will be the position of the drain in the room. If the drain is in the centre of the room, you will need to construct a sloped floor, which means that small mosaic tiles will be needed. The installation of larger tiles in a wet room with a sloped floor will lead to you having to cut many of the tiles down to size to fit in different angles, which just adds unnecessary work to the job. If your drain is positioned in the corner of a room, you will of course have greater flexibility in your choice of tiles.
The Size of the Space
When it comes to selecting tiles for your wet room, the general rule is the smaller the area, the larger the tile. If you are converting a small bathroom into a wet room, the use of larger tiles can create the illusion of a bigger space. If your wet room is quite spacious, you have the flexibility to choose virtually any size tile you want – rows of small mosaic tiles can add a very luxurious feel to a wet room in such instances.
The colour of tiles that you select will also vary depending on the size of the space available; if your wet room is small, you will want to shy away from the use of darker coloured tiles and darker shades of stone.
As you’ll probably have gathered by now, choosing a type and colour of tile for your wet room is not a decision that should be made lightly. For that reason, we hope that this quick guide will help you to make a better, more informed decision when you’re browsing for the perfect tile!