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Matt or gloss?

There are so many decisions you will need to make when selecting the right tiles for your bathroom. Colour, size, composition and shape are obvious factors to consider, but an often overlooked factor is the importance of the matt or gloss finish. This small but significant factor can make a big difference to the feel and maintenance of your bathroom.

Light reflecting gloss tiles

Gloss tiles are the shiny, light reflecting tiles you’d typically expect to find in smaller bathrooms. The reflection of these tiles opens up small spaces and allows limited light to bounce back and forth around the room. The gloss finish is in the glaze, so any type of tile can be sold this way.

Although sometimes used for floors, gloss tiles are better suited to walls, especially in home spas that often retain plenty of moisture when in use. However, they can be used for some floors if cared for correctly. Anti-slip tiles will help to prevent any problems with slipping if the floor gets a little bit wet.

Gloss tiles are particularly easy to clean, provided that this is regularly done. If left to dry, water and soap droplets become difficult to remove and quite obvious to the eye. To some extent, colour will also influence how much you see, but regular cleaning will prevent water and soap stains, and will keep your tiles looking sparkling new.

Clean and simple matt tiles

Matt tiles are better suited to larger bathrooms and those with exceptional lighting design. They do not make a room appear smaller, but unlike gloss tiles, they do not open up the room as light is not able to reflect off the matt surface.

Matt tiles are preferred as floor tiles because they do not present the same slip-and-fall factor that comes with gloss tiles. Once again, the non-reflective, slightly dulled appearance is the result of a finishing glaze.

Although matt tiles are a popular choice for the floor of your bathroom, you can use these tiles on the walls too. Matt tiles do not reveal smudges and dried water droplets easily which makes them ideal for busy bathrooms, especially those in holiday homes where cleaning is not on the daily agenda.

Tiles for a modern bathroom

Both matt and gloss tiles can be used to create a modern effect, as this is often dependent on the size of the bathroom and the type of tile that you prefer. Look for ceramic and glass tiles that are very high gloss for your walls and features, if you want an ultra-contemporary look. If you prefer natural stone, matt finishes add a naturally sophisticated effect.

Matt tiles work best in a neutral bathroom

If you want to design a bathroom that isn’t traditional or modern in design, too bright or too dark in style, then matt tiles are for you. They feature a clean, natural look at all times and add a touch of authenticity to any bathroom. Travertine or marble tiles with a matt finish are anything but bland, and make it easy for the space to remain sophisticated yet neutral.

Combining matt and gloss tiles

You can combine matt finish and gloss finish tiles in your bathroom. Indeed, this is perfect for smaller bathrooms, to create light and texture. Although you can use matt finish tiles throughout the bathroom, gloss tiles are not usually suitable for wet room floors.

If you want to integrate both finishes, consider a design that includes matt tiles throughout with the exception of a high-gloss feature wall. This will combine more than your tiles; it demonstrates the thought and care that makes a bespoke bathroom simply sensational.

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