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Small Bathroom Flooring Ideas Using Large-Format Tiles

With so many tile designs and colors available, updating your bathroom flooring should be a snap. However, smaller rooms can actually pose larger challenges—especially if you want to make the space appear bigger and brighter. Although the idea of using large-format flooring in small living spaces may seem counterintuitive, bigger tiles with finer grout lines work to make a room appear larger. Here are some popular large-format tile ideas for small bathrooms.

Consider a Matte Finish

Large-format flooring is a relatively recent tile trend that can be further modernized with stylish colors and finishes. When you pair the clean lines of larger tiles in a matte finish with a matching grout color, the result is a simple, uniform appearance that causes minimal distraction. Matte finishes work best in spaces where you prefer a more subtle design without the high reflection of a polished tile.

Many contemporary products also feature what's known as Tru-Edge technology, which allows tiles to be placed closer together and minimizes the size of grout lines. This overall look enhances the flow of the bathroom, and makes the small space feel larger than it actually is.

Go with Oversized Planks

Wood-look tile is another small bathroom flooring choice that's available in large, wide-plank sizes. Aside from elongating a room, these linear planks, which feature digitally imaged wood-grain patterns, add warmth and texture to any small space. Wood-look tile also provides an attractive alternative for areas where you prefer the look of wood over traditional tile, but still want the practicalities of porcelain.

Like many other large-format options, wide-plank wood-look tiles are also designed to minimize grout lines, further increasing the similarity to actual hardwood and elongating the space. To brighten up your small space, go with a lighter shade of wood-look tile.

Choose Large-Format, Stone-Look Tile

Whether your bathroom serves as a space for guests to freshen up or it's where you relax at the end of a long day, stone-look tile is a great flooring option. And if your space is on the smaller side, large-format stone-look tile can give help add an airy, open feel, while still looking sophisticated and timeless.

Stone-look tile is made of porcelain, but offers the signature look of stone. It's resistant to water and is available in a variety of sizes. A perfect example is the Linden Point series, which offers a stunning representation of vein-cut marble. This line has a modern look that adds gentle, but rich texture to a small space.

Having a small bathroom doesn't mean you need to use small tiles. In fact, large-format tile is the perfect design element for making your space feel larger than it really is. When choosing your large-format tile, think outside of the box, and then carefully choose the color and finish of your new bathroom floor. You'll be amazed at how spacious and contemporary your small bathroom looks.

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