On the hunt for some cool bathroom tile ideas? Well, coloured floor tiles are all the rage and we have you covered because we just found the coolest idea, that you could recreate in just a weekend. This ombre sunset effect would work in any style bathroom, and obviously you can pick whatever colours you like best – we love the idea of grey tiles. It's also a great tile design for smaller bathrooms, as the fading colours draw the eye to the end of the room, giving the illusion that the space is longer than it is.
Keep scrolling to find out how to lay your own ombre bathroom floor, and for loads more bathroom floor tiles ideas head over to our gallery.
You will need:
- A selection of tiles in at least 4 different colours
- Protective floor covering
- Tape measure
- Spirit level
- Protective gloves
- Tile spacers
- Grout float
- Notched trowel
- Tile cutters
Step one: prepare the floor
Chances are you will be able to tile straight over your current floor tiles. You just need to make sure they are flat, dry and free of any dust or damp. So spend some time really cleaning your current floor tiles, so you have a smooth, clean surface the tile on top of.
Depending on the type of tile you are using you might need to also prime the floor, just ask the tile manufacturer for what’s recommended for your particular tile.
Step two: plan your pattern
To create the sunset, ombre effect you will need to lay your tiles in horizontal rows, starting with the darkest colour at your bathroom door and gradually changing the colour the further into the room you get.
For the most effective look, measure the length of your bathroom and then split it into even sections to match the number of colours you are using. Obviously the size of the section may change slighting depending on your floor tile size but it will give you a guide to where approximately you need to change tiles. Use a pencil or chalk to mark on your wall where you will need to switch to the next colour.
Step three: dry lay the tiles
Starting at the middle point, dry lay a row of tiles in both directions up to the wall so you can work out if you need to cut any tiles. Make sure you include 3mm tile spacers so the tile joints are even. If there is only a thin piece of tile left at the wall, re-arrange the centre tile so there is a larger section of tile, which will be easier to cut.
Step four: cut the tiles
Once you are happy with the layout, cut the required tiles, which will make laying them quicker. You can use a manual cutter for straight cuts, an electric cutter for more complex designs such as right angles and curves or a tile scribe for small, thin tiles.
Step five: prepare the tile adhesive
Mix the recommended tile adhesive in a bucket according to the instructions on the bag. Then, working off your set outlines or from a straight edge, spread the adhesive on the floor, holding a notched trowel at a 45 degree angle and drag across the floor to spread the adhesive evenly, ensuring the notches are in the same direction. Only cover a small area at a time as the adhesive will begin to dry once applied.
Make sure you work strategically, we would recommend starting furthest from the door so you can get out of your room without stepping on the newly laid tiles
Step six: start laying your tiles
Place the first tile on the bed of adhesive, press down and twist and slide it into place to ensure the adhesive sticks properly. Use a spirit level to check the tile is flat and insert tile spacers along each edge before repeating the steps as needed, changing colour as you reach each of your marked points.
Leave your tiles to dry overnight before starting the next step.
Step seven: prepare the grout
Follow the instructions on the grout you have chosen, to get the measurements of water to grout powder right. Mix it in a bucket and it's best to just mix a small amount at a time to grout the tiles in batches, as it will harden quickly.
Step eight: start grouting your tiles
First, remove your tile spacers and gently clean away and tile adhesive. Hold your grout float at a 45-degree angle and evenly spread the grout between the tiles. Work in small areas, and once all the gaps are grouted leave to set for 15 minutes. Then go in with a damp sponge and carefully clean away the grout from the tile surfaces. You might need to repeat this to get rid of any residue.
Step nine: seal your floor tiles
Use a silicone sealant around the edges to create a clean look and you are done!