How to Choose the Perfect Feature Tile for a Bathroom

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Whether you’re looking to give your bathroom a mini-makeover, doing a total bathroom renovation, or building a new home, one of the most important decisions you need to make is that of the feature bathroom tile.  Today, more than ever before, we want our bathrooms to have a feature tile.

A feature tile has the ability to set the style, mood, and tone of a bathroom, and can be the difference between a bathroom that is just ‘ok’ to a bathroom that everyone wants to emulate. No pressure, right?

It’s easy to see why so many of our customers have such a tough time choosing the perfect feature tile for their bathroom, and our extensive feature tile range doesn’t make the decision any easier!!

Don’t freat, though. I am here to help make the right decisions by arming with you some expert tips and all the factors you need to take into consideration to make this decision as pain-free and confident as possible.

So, continue reading to find out how to choose the perfect feature tile for your bathroom.

Start with a colour palette

There are literally thousands of feature tiles suitable for bathrooms. So, in order to narrow down your feature tile options, the first thing you need to decide on a colour palette. This should be a relatively simple decision.

If you have a definitive colour palette in mind, then you already have filtered out hundreds of unsuitable options.

If you are a little indecisive or in two minds about what palette to go with, I suggest you turn to the internet. Look at trending bathroom designs and see what colours seem to work. Of course, your bathroom tile choice should be in-line with the colour palette of the rest of your home, although it doesn’t have to be.

Pinterest and the Instagram accounts of local tilers and interior designers are always a good source of inspiration. Narrow down the options by thinking along the lines of all white, pastels, white and grey, monochromatic etc.

I when with white and grey for my recent bathroom design as I figured it is modern today and won’t look outdated in five or ten years. If you’re worried about your bathroom dating, it is always safer to go with a safe palette (i.e., white, grey) over a trending palette (i.e., mustard, rust, emerald green etc.)

Decide on a design style

Hopefully, you have an idea of the colour palette in mind so you can now move on to think about style.

Now, style is a very personal decision, so there is no wrong or right choice. However, again, you don’t want to choose a style based on trends only to regret it down the track. Therefore, it pays to think more about what will last the test of time versus what is fashional right now.

Your design style will have a massive impact on the feature tile you choose for your bathroom. For example, if you like traditional or country, then you would be more inclined to go with a decorative feature tile such as the Esty, Isla, Orleans, or  Marquez Jet Gris feature tiles, which are all great timeless choices for this design style.

If you prefer modern or contemporary design style, you would avoid decorative tiles and opt for more simple design, such as subway tile, which never dates. Introduces in the 1970s the subway tile still to this day, is one of the most popular feature tile choices. I even chose it for my bathroom feature tile; you cannot go wrong. Subway times are safe and contemporary. If you want to edge on the side of trends, consider a mosaic tile such as the Tuscany Penny, Hexagon, or Herringbone mosaics, which we stock.

subway bathroom feature tile
I chose subway tiles for my bathroom feature tile

The same rules apply to all bathroom design styles. You will find tiles that pare better to a particular style than others. If you have trouble matching a feature tile to your bathroom style, head into Ross’s Discount Home Centre and we will guide you through some options.

Once you know the style of design and have a feature tile to suit your style, you can then narrow down the choice by selecting one that complements your colour palette.

Think about size

There is more to choosing the perfect feature tile than merely settling on a colour palette and type of feature tile. You also need to consider the size of the tile. Granted, this will be secondary to the factors above, but size often matters; particularly if you have a choice.

If you do have a choice in terms of size, consider how it will look with the other tiles in the bathroom. Also, give thought to the location of the tile in relation to the shower; if you have a small feature tile that continues into a shower, you then have a lot more grout to keep clean than you would with a larger feature tile.

Consider Budget

Lastly, and often the deciding factor in choosing a feature tile, is budget. Unfortunately, what you want for your feature tile and what your budget stipulates you can afford for your feature tile are often very different.

In many cases, including my own bathroom renovation, it’s a case of looking for a cheaper option of your dream feature tile – especially if you are tiling a large area from floor to ceiling. This is why subway tiles are such a popular choice. They are timeless, span various design styles, come in a range of sizes, and are as little as $30 per square meter.


Choosing a feature tile for a bathroom is a big decision that you don’t want to get wrong! As such, choosing the right tile can be a stressful task. To help you select the perfect tile, start by choosing a colour palette. Then, filter your option by setting on a design style. You can then make a final decision based on size and budget.

By following this guide, you can rest assured knowing you have done your due diligence. You will have chosen the perfect tile to suit your needs and budget, and with a little luck, one that also lasts the test of time.

If you’re in the market for feature tiles in Perth, then be sure to check out the massive range here at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. We have a feature tile to suit all colour palettes, all design styles, all sizes, and of course, all budgets.

View our online range, or come and visit us in-store for personalised service.

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