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Using Tiles to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

We’re often asked which tiles are best for making a small room look bigger. Here our design experts offer their top tips for choosing tiles that will help give the impression of increased space.

Tile size

Many customers shy away from selecting large tiles when carrying out renovations on a small kitchen or bathroom. This is because there is a common misconception that large tiles will dominate the space and make a small room feel even more compact.

On the contrary, large format tiles can help give the impression of increased space by reducing the number of grout lines. Too many grout lines can make a room look cluttered and draw in the eye.

If you’ve set your heart on small format or mosaic style tiles, don’t worry, there are a number of ways to incorporate them into your design project. Why not consider using a variety of tile sizes for different areas of the room? For instance, you could use large tiles on the floor and walls and small tiles in decorative alcoves.


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Tile colour

Choosing the right colour tiles is extremely important if you’re trying to make a small room look bigger. Whilst bold colours are modern and can help to create depth, it’s often best to use them sparingly if you’re trying to create the impression of increased space.

We recommend choosing pale tile shades such as white, cream, beige or grey because they can make the room look lighter and brighter. Another top tip is to pick a grout that is closely matched to the colour of the tile. Without such a stark contrast, you can create a seamless transition, which can make a room look bigger.

Similarly, using the same tiles for the wall and floors or throughout multiple rooms in a house can give the perception of space, because it’s difficult for the eye to distinguish where one room stops and another starts.


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Tile finish

Selecting the right finish is equally as important as choosing the right colour. Gloss tiles reflect natural light, which can help make a room look lighter, in turn creating the impression of increased space. If you’re not a fan of gloss, a tile with a slight sheen or metallic finish may be a good compromise.

If the room you’re decorating is very small, heavily patterned tiles may be a no no. Subtle patterns usually work best.


Tile laying pattern

We’re seeing a surge in the number of people choosing to lay tiles in innovative laying patterns. Vertical brick, chevron, herringbone and basket weave are all becoming increasingly popular, but which arrangement is the most effective at making a room look bigger?

Your tile fitter will be able to suggest the tile laying pattern that will best suit your room; however, we often recommend laying tiles in a diagonal or diamond arrangement. Not only does this help create a feature wall, which makes a statement in your chosen room, but it will help break up harsh lines. This will trick the eye into perceiving the space to appear bigger than it is, because the boundaries are less defined.

Another trick of the trade is to lay tiles vertically if you have a low ceiling and are trying to give the impression of height.

If you’ve chosen flooring that comes in planks, such as our popular Karndean range, laying planks parallel to the longest wall can help elongate a space. This can be especially effective in a narrow hallway.


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To see our extensive collection of wall and floor tiles, make a visit to our tile showroom in Weymouth. Our tiles are displayed in pods, which will help you get an impression of what they will look like in situ. Our design team will be able to offer expert advice on using tiles to help make a small room look bigger.