There seem to be 1001 different design ideas for bathrooms, much more than for kitchens. But our starting point is pretty down to earth, or maybe just unimaginative… 😉
We have two bathrooms but they’re both relatively small. Some design sites I have checked out suggest that in this case you should not use medium-sized tiles, which make it look even smaller. The choice is then between big ones (like we’re thinking of for the kitchen) or mosaic-style tiles, which apparently are small enough to give the visual effect of a single surface. For the same reason, light surfaces are preferred. Also, in principle the floor should be the darkest shade and one should get lighter as one goes up the wall. Few designs I’ve seen flout this rule.
One idea we had was pebble tiles, which seem to be fashionable these days. The idea of a rough surface to massage the feet is appealing, and I quite like how they look in a way, but I am not convinced they would work well in our bathrooms.
For the master bathroom, which is en suite, I could imagine the walls something like this, with largish white tiles above 120cm or so (leaving 30cm of smaller tiles above the sink until the floor).
The tiles in the picture, by Spanish manufacturer Zirconio, are matt, which I tend to prefer, though they also exist in glossy. This site has a picture with the range. The basic format is 110/330 with variants which subdivide this space and so can be easily combined. By the way, this Dutch site offers lower prices (in this case 26€/m2): good for negotiation!
But thinking more about it, the unclutteredness of pure white appeals more and more. Here’s an example:
And here’s one more. It should be said that polished tiles are not really recommended in bathrooms though. We also have two steps down. But like this it is really nice so…
In fact one guy is so crazy about white interior design that he has a whole blog about it! Here’s the bathroom section. I do think he has a point!