Designing a small bathroom? What tiles should you choose to visually enlarge it?
Designing a small bathroom? What tiles should you choose to visually enlarge it?
14 August 2019

Designing a small bathroom? What tiles should you choose to visually enlarge it?

Designing a small bathroom does not have to be a problem. It turns out that in order to have an aesthetically pleasing and a more spacious bathroom, you simply need to make the right preparations. The key in such a scenario are properly chosen materials. Find out which tiles are best in order to achieve this effect. 

Small bathroom, great possibilities 

Owners of small bathrooms often dream about having a spacious and functional interior. And with the right materials, it’s a dream that’s within reach and there is really no need to worry about renovation. And contrary to what you may think, you do not need a complicated design project either. The bathroom can look bigger just by using materials in a variety of patterns and colours which give multiple design possibilities. 

Bathroom tiles – what should you know 

There are some things to consider when choosing bathroom tiles. First, let’s take a look at their technical specifications. The most suitable tiles will have the following features:

  • abrasion class (AC): minimum 2,
  • water absorption: up to 3%,
  • stain resistance class: minimum 4

Apart from their technical properties, you also need to carefully consider the tile colour and surface. The colour, surface and size of the tiles will also be one of the main factors helping to decide whether the space looks and feels enlarged successfully.

Why is stoneware worth choosing?

Do you need to choose bathroom tiles? Stoneware tiles are a perfect option for these types of interiors. They are one of the most popular bathroom solutions and for a good reason!  Stoneware tiles allow for various design possibilities and create spectacular compositions. They are universal as they work on both floors and walls, thus achieving a cohesive look. Moreover, stoneware has excellent technical specifications.  Why is it suitable for bathrooms in particular? Here are a few key reasons:

  • it has low water absorption (of 0.5-3%),
  • it is slip resistant,
  • it is easy to keep clean,
  • it is suitable for use with underfloor heating


Go big

One of the ways to visually enlarge a bathroom is by covering the entire wall, from floor to ceiling, with tiles. This can be done with large format tiles, like for example with the lapatto surface bathroom tiles from the Apenino bianco collection. This pattern is available in the 60×120 cm size, which will help to brighten up the space, therefore, enlarging it.

Shiny surfaces

Using light reflection is also a clever idea.  By choosing tiles with a shiny surface, you will achieve a unique result and a visually enlarge the space at the same time.  The lappato tiles deserve a special mention here, like for example the Batista desert tiles in the 60×60 cm size. This particular type of stoneware takes on the look of concrete. It even looks great in small places, without making them feel closed in.

Combine different patterns

White colours are what is normally used to enlarge a room. Monochromatic surfaces are always a safe and universal solution. However, you may want to break this rule and here are a few reasons why… Interior designers have been suggesting that similar results can be achieved by applying and combining different patterns on the floor and walls of an interior. Combinations of light wood with concrete,  like the Laroya desert and Lukka gris for instance, are a great match and still very much on-trend.  Not only does this allow for the room to be naturally divided (for example, a separate washbasin and toilet areas) but it also combines the raw feel of the concrete with the warm feel of the wood.  It might also be a great idea to choose a classic motif, and for example, accent the walls by horizontally applying the wood-effect tiles from the Fuerta marrone collection.