But the average bathroom is sized rather small, closer to the size of your own bathroom. When tiling a small bathroom, keep these things in mind:
- Diagonal Tile Looks Super in Small Bathrooms: Diagonal plays tricks on your eyes, making them think that the bathroom is larger than it really is. One reason is because 90-degree-oriented tile is regimented and easy to count, even if sub-consciously. Your eye will easily pick up the number of tiles in a 3 tile by 4 tile bathroom. But it's more difficult to figure out how many tiles comprise the same floor-space, but with tiles set on a diagonal.
- Light Colors Promote a Greater Feeling of Space: This is a basic rule with covering any surface. Darker colors make you feel more boxed-in. This is why ceilings are rarely painted anything but white or other light colors. This does not mean you should aim for white flooring tiles; this only means that you should go for a generally light shade. Even a black-and-white floor tile scheme is 50% white.
- Larger-Sized Tiles Mitigate the Impression of Being Cramped: This seems counter-intuitive. Why use large tiles in a small bathroom? For one thing, smaller tiles create a multiplicity of grout lines. Grout lines, when added up, begin to feel grid-like and boxy. Larger tiles, though, have fewer grout lines.