Tiles in the bathroom is an obvious place to start. That’s mostly down to practicality. Splash marks don’t really show, and they’re easily wipeable should you accidentally squirt shampoo or toothpaste onto them. Paint works too of course, but an eggshell finish is much more suited to a bathroom environment. For people who prefer the tone of matt emulsion though, paint soon becomes a bit of a trickier option as water marks it much more easily.
Then there’s the aesthetic side of things. Practical absolutely doesn’t have to mean you sacrifice beauty. Not only is the design of the tiles important, but the way you apply them counts for a lot too. Ceiling to floor is a dramatic look that you could do only on the walls around your shower or behind a bathtub, or it can be repeated on every wall for even greater effect (and, of course, this is the necessary choice if you have a wet-room setup). Bare in mind this can feel a touch cold and echoey though, so alternatively, you might like to tile two-thirds of your wall and paint the upper third.
If you do need an abundance of tiles in your bathroom, there are a few tricks to help soften the effect. Pairing them with timber furniture, like our oak Edinburgh washstand, and wooden floorboards is one (choose an engineered board like our Marton and Savernake collections as these are more stable in a humid bathroom environment). You can also achieve the same thing with rattan and timber accessories: in short, any material with warm-to-the-touch properties. Adding contrast and definition with paint or grout is another way to soften all-over tiling. We would also suggest opting for either a natural tile material, like our Kennet marble collection, or a handmade tile with details like subtle crackle glazing and wavy edges, such as Elcot. Both will add texture and character, and either a calming link with the natural world or a reassuring sense of craftsmanship.