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2021 Bathroom Tile Trends !!

Most people tend to want to go for a statement tile in their bathroom renovation but due to the variety of colours in shapes in the market, it is sometimes a much harder decision to make than renovators realise.


The bathroom can be the perfect place for you to showcase something a bit quirkier than your usual staple tile, by incorporating bright colours and fun patterns. A featured wall, tiled floor, or splash back are all options if you don’t want to break the bank but still want to create a statement look with that “wow” factor when someone walks in.

As always, it is essential to consider the variation, shape and texture of your potential tiles to ensure that it is capable of creating the right effect.


Will they make the space to look larger and lighter or will they make it moodier and more intimate? Are the tiles eye-attractive? Do they create a sense of height? Failing to consider some of these things prior to choosing your tile can result in your tile creating the opposite effect to what you’re after.

What are the different types of Tiles available?


There are actually a lot to choose from that not many people are aware of, so as a starting point we’ve come up with a list of 18 different types.

  1. Ceramic Tiles

  2. Terracotta Tiles

  3. Vinyl Tiles

  4. Stone Tiles

  5. Marble Tile

  6. Granite Tiles

  7. Limestone Tiles

  8. Wood Floor

  9. Linoleum Floor Tiles

  10. Cork Tiles

  11. Glass Tiles (including Mosaic)

  12. Metal Tile

  13. Cement-Bodied Tile

  14. Slate Tiles

  15. Porcelain Tiles

  16. Pebble Tile

  17. Vibrant Tiles featuring a Casablanca collection

  18. Large Slab tiles

What is the most common/popular tile type?

  1. Porcelain Tile (most popular)

  2. Ceramic Tile

  3. Marble

Below are our top 5 trends in bathroom tile design that every Auckland homeowner should consider.


1. Vibrant Tiles


Vibrant tiles have emerged as a popular trend in bathrooms as well as kitchens over the past couple of years. Gone are the days where people want to keep their bathrooms’ neutral and simple to appeal to the masses, and instead people are willing to take a more adventurous leap when doing renovations.


The best way to add a bit of colour is through the use of accented tiles or feature walls. Combining colour in this manner is great way to add some personality to the room but also ensures you are not alienating future buyers.


2. Large slabs of tiles for the bathroom floors


Using larger tiles on bathroom floors is not just a trend but also a practical solution for tiling smaller bathroom spaces. Contrary to popular belief, using large tiles in a small bathroom can in fact make your bathroom appear larger.


Using larger tiles means that there will be fewer grout lines which in turn means there be fewer ‘breaks’ on the bathroom floor and fewer ‘breaks’ means more continuity which can make your bathroom look more spacious.


3. Geometric Tiles


Through the use of geometric tiles and the well thought out placement of such, you can create a real statement in your bathroom.


Geometric tiles are a great option for setting the tone for your entire flooring or if you are interested in tiling all of your bathroom walls. Geometric tiles also work well for accent walls and can be used to create a pivot from the rest of the room

You can use geometric tiles in small bathrooms to help make the space feel larger by matching them with neutral colours.

4. Plant Ash Tiles


These are a very popular floor tile as they work well with everything, and are an easy way to make a statement for your bathroom floor. For those who want an aged look, this is the best option for you as you can get it in a variety of colours and sizes.


5. Deck Day Tiles


A wood looking tile is quite a common look however it continues to be a crowd pleaser. It can help continue on the look from throughout the house into your bathroom while also being more practical. If you are after a natural, modern look then “Deck” is the best choice for shorter lengths while Montana is the best for longer stretches.

What determines the cost of a tile?


A lot of people don’t know the difference between a designer tile and a budget-friendly tile and the costs associated with the two.


For a budget-friendly tile you are looking at around $50 per square metre and designer tiles are generally between $100 and $150 per square metre. But they can also cost more than this depending on the size and finish you want.


Quality, depth, and colours are the main things that dictate the price of a tile. You’ll notice that a cheaper one usually looks flat, features fewer colours, and sometimes has a lower pixel on its printed image, resulting in a blurred look. Also, a tile that costs less features a noticeable pattern that keeps repeating across it.


An expensive tile generally features a fresh design, has a more realistic look, and better colour depth.


As always, if you're looking to get a bathroom project off the ground in the coming months, come and talk to us for an initial concept meeting, get in touch on 021-817-096, or henry@helsbygroup.co.nz




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