Bathroom tile wall designs can come in many different styles. You can tile from the floor to ceiling, or simply tile half way up the wall. For a great looking bathroom tile wall design that goes half way up your bathroom wall use these 5 parts of tile to plan your design’s material list that you will need for your bathroom renovation project.
* Bullnose Trim Pieces
* Decorative Border
* Field Tile
* Base Cove
* Special Tile Pieces
Bullnose Trim Pieces
These pieces will be the top of your wall to form the top edge. This will give your wall a clean finished edge that will end somewhere around 42 inches from the floor. This measurement may vary according to your specific situation such as window and switch plate heights. An ideal scenario is to avoid go through these things whenever possible. These objects tend to break the flow of your design. Most often you will find these pieces measuring approximately 3 X 6 inches, very possibly longer than 6 inches. To find the number of pieces that you will need for your project simply measure the total linear feet of your proposed wall and let your tile supplier know that measurement. The tile supplier can convert the measurement into the number of pieces needed depending on the style of bullnose you choose.
A border installed into your bathroom wall tile design can really add beauty and value to your bathroom. These pieces may cost more than any other piece of your project so shop around and try to find a border decorative piece that fits your budget, yet gives your design some real justification for spending the extra money. Most tile suppliers sell ready made borders that can cost as much as $8 to $10 per piece approximately 8 to 12 inches long. Don’t let the cost of these keep you from finding the perfect border to fit your style. Ask the supplier for closeouts, orders that were not purchased due to some error such as being the wrong color, or just ask for some border ideas. One alternative to purchasing the more expensive ready made border designs is to create your own design out of the lesser expensive tile pieces. Again, to find out how many pieces you will need simply measure the linear feet of your tile design and have your tile supplier convert that measurement into the number of pieces that you have selected. This is where the decorative design expertise of your tile supplier will come in very handy. Be creative and enjoy.
Your largest space of your bathroom wall tile design will be the open field area. You can use just about any size of tile imaginable to your personal style and creativity. This will mostly depend on the look you are trying to obtain. If you want simple, go with all the same sized tile as your bullnose pieces are long. For example, if you purchase bullnose pieces 6 inches long, go with tile that is 6 X 6 inches to allow all your grout lines to line up together. You could also use a 12 X 12 inch field tile with your 6 inch bullnose to line up with every other bullnose. Again get creative and let your imagination wander. To find how many pieces of field tile you will need just measure the square area of your proposed design and have your supplier convert to piece count.
As important as the bullnose piece is to the top edge of your bathroom tile wall design, the base cove is important to giving the bottom of your design that finished look. The base cove should be the same size as your field tile only that it will have a bottom edge that is curved outward. In some cases, you may want a certain design that does not have a base cove available. In such situations, your supplier may recommend other options of creating a base tile to use in order to keep your desired design. To find out how many base cove pieces to order, measure your linear feet of your project and allow your tile supplier to convert once again according to your selection.
Special Tile Pieces
In the corners of your design, whether an inside or outside corner, you will need special tile pieces that will help make your design finish nicely. Such pieces can be quarter round pieces to use along the edge of an outside corner from the floor to the top of your design, or special base cove corner pieces with special designs specifically for inside and outside base corners. Your supplier can help you chose which special tile pieces you will need. Simply have the information available letting your supplier know how many corners you have in your bathroom. A small handmade drawing showing the floor-plan of your bathroom can help make these decisions.