If you’re looking for ways to breathe new life into a small or crowded space, new wall tiles can be a very effective solution.

Bathrooms and kitchens are often the rooms we want to liven up so choosing the right tiles to maximise the space is key.

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing wall tiles to brighten up a space. Size, colour, finish, texture, formation and even grout colour can make a difference to how large and airy a room feels:

  • Brighten a home using reflective light
  • Create visual tricks with tile patterns
  • Break up space with mix-and-match tiles
  • Contrast fittings with tiles

Inject light into a space

One tried-and-tested way to inject light into a space is by creating reflective surfaces. One of the most effective ways to do that is with high-gloss tiles.

High-gloss finishes are definitely having a moment in the world of interior design. As well as bringing a slick and contemporary edge to a room, they reflect light and so brighten up a space.

You can style high-gloss tiles in a number of ways to suit your home. Use hi-shine white tiles for minimalist modernity or create the wonder of an under the seabed world with multi-tonal mosaic styles and different textures.

Clever tile formations can create the illusion of light in a room

For example, laying tiles in a herringbone or chevron style will draw the eye upwards creating height. Laying tiles in a light-to-dark effect, with dark tiles near the bottom of the room gradually getting lighter, has a similar effect. You can even choose large feature tiles to create a column or row in the centre of a room to lengthen the walls.

Define areas of a room

Broken plan tiling is the method of using more than one tile design in the same room. It is the perfect way to divide areas in a room to create the illusion of space.

Using bright, bold and even patterned tiles to decorate splashbacks, countertops and shower panels in bathrooms and kitchens will all cast the illusion of more space. Vibrant patterns in alcoves are an effective way to draw attention to areas in your room that often fade in to the background.

Create an illusion of space

One way to make your walls and floors appear larger is by accentuating their size with contrasting fittings. Pair light and glossy wall tiles with dark countertops to make the most of your space and emphasise your surfaces.