Before You Buy

How Many Tiles Do I Need?

Work out how many tiles I need


Calculate the area to be tiled then add 10% for cuts.

Probably good enough for smaller tiles but not very accurate for bigger sizes.


Work out how many of your chosen tile will fit onto each wall or floor area and count each part tile as a full tile.For example:

  • The first wall will need 6 tiles high by 4 tiles wide = 24 tiles, then continue for the other walls.
  • Deduct the number of tiles for the door or bath.
  • Ignore the window - you will use those tiles for the reveals.

If in doubt, buy more and bring the left-overs back. Offer applies to all ceramic tiles in stock except Sale items.

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How to buy bathroom tiles


  1. Work out the practical aspects.
    Do I want a separate shower?
    A wet room?
    A large, two-person bath?
    Bathroom furniture or just pottery?
  2. Decide your style.
    Almost all bathroom suites are white, so your main style indicator come from the tiles. These are the main trends:

    The Traditional bathroom look consists of high gloss marble effect tiles. Think Italian white & grey Carrera or the creamy beige tones of Spanish Crema Marfil, often highlighted with natural stone mosaics.

    The Natural Stone look suggests stately homes and Roman baths.

    Pure White is very much the favourite at the moment, usually high gloss again, but with either a glass mosaic border or simply a polished aluminium listello strip. Or really liven up your bathroom by adding a panel of brightly coloured tiles behind the basin or in the shower area.

    A Modern wet room look great when the wall and floor tiles match and are most suited to big tiles in soft tones.

    Or throw away the rule book and go free style! Mix and match and create your own unique look. Add glass or stone, make a feature wall from patterned tiles and let your imagination guide you.
  3. GO BIG!
    Big tiles make the room look bigger, and because big tiles have less grout lines, there is less chance of discolouration and water penetration to the back of the tile, particularly important in shower areas.

For more advice on tiles and tiling, call in and ask us anything.


All about mosaics


When choosing bathroom tiles, over half of our customers decide to include mosaics in their design. The reasons are simple - mosaics look fantastic, add flexibility to their ideas and are considerably cheaper than other decorated tiles or borders.

There are 3 main types of mosaics:

  • Glass: small cubes or strips of coloured glass, mounted onto mesh-backed sheets, usually around 30cm (12 inches) square.
  • Stone: cubes or strips of natural stone, usually marble, either matt or polished, again mounted onto sheets for easier fixing and often mixed with glass pieces for some added sparkle.
  • Ceramic: pieces of actual tile, cut into various sizes and mesh backed.

The 3 most common uses of mosaics:

  • As a mosaic border: Strips of mosaics are cut from a sheet and fixed as a border between tiles. Glass mosaics usually go with white tiles, and stone mosaics usually match stone effect tiles. Both make a very cost-effective way of adding a border to your bathroom or kitchen.
  • Feature panel: A panel of mosaics as a bold block of colour in the bathroom, usually behind the basin or W.C. A great way of breaking up a big run of plain tiles and creating a focal point.
  • Shower enclosures: Use mosaics to tile the walls and/or floors in shower areas. Particularly effective in wet rooms, mosaics add a visual separation between the shower area and the rest of the bathroom. Unpolished stone mosaics on the shower floor also offer better grip than normal floor tiles and are easier to fix onto the sloping sections of a shower floor.

Stone mosaics can also be used very effectively with floor tiles, either as a feature border or a 'bouchon' (a little square of mosaics).

Mosaics require a little more care when fitting, but are not too difficult provided you follow some simple tips.

  • Use a self-adhesive backing sheet such as Mosaic Mesh. This holds the mosaics in place for easier tiling.
  • Use a small-notched trowel to spread the adhesive. This helps reduce 'sag' and makes it easier to maintain the correct grout gaps between the sheets.
  • Make sure your wall is perfectly flat and use a grout trowel to bed the mosaics onto the adhesive.
  • When tiling glass mosaics, be sure to make sure that they are 'solid bedded' to avoid seeing the adhesive grooves through the tile.
  • Cutting. Most mosaics are too small to be cut using a normal tile cutter, so use mosaic nippers to nibble any mosaic pieces down to size.

To see a full range of mosaics in real room settings, visit our extensive showroom and view over 100 fully tiled bathroom displays.


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