Bathroom Tiles

7 ideas to feature subway tiles in your bathroom or kitchen

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Versatile. Durable. Affordable. Aesthetically pleasing. What’s not to love about subway tiles?

By tradition, these rectangular tiles are usually twice as long as they are tall. But despite their simple structure, subway tiles lend themselves to many different design possibilities.

It’s the one tile that never grows out of style, so if you’re looking for a failsafe solution to your bathroom or kitchen, here are 7 ways you can incorporate subway style tiles.

Classic subway

Since its early 1900s debut in New York subway stations, the timeless subway tile continues to be a popular tile choice in kitchens and bathrooms. The classic look takes its cue from conventional brickwork using a white repeating bond pattern – often referred to as running bond or offset brick. This white tile, white grout layout creates a seamless effect and is the most common subway tile pattern you’ll come across.

Stack them up

Different lays can add interest to a classic white subway tile. Large subway tiles stacked horizontally bring out a clean and contemporary look to your bathroom or kitchen design. Or, flip them over and install them vertically to evoke height and create an illusion of taller walls and higher ceilings.

Herringbone at 90 degrees

Named for its similarity to fish scales, this arrangement of rectangles in an L-shaped pattern creates a sense of movement and visual interest by drawing the eye up. In this layout, tiles are arranged so that the end of one vertical tile meets the side of a horizontal tile at a 90 degree angle. It works well for taller spaces like a shower.

If you want to take your herringbone design to the next level, bevelled edged subway tiles will add even more dimension to your space. Many interior designers love this modern look to the classic flat subway tile.

Herringbone at 45 degrees

Another impressive herringbone design is to rotate your subway tiles at 45 degrees. This pattern looks great on floors or walls. It works well for smaller spaces because it keeps your eyes moving around the room making it appear larger than it is. If you want to draw attention to a specific area, then herringbone is the way to go.

Basket weave

Interchanging pairs of horizontally and vertically laid subway tiles creates a grid-like pattern that resembles – you guessed it a woven basket. For the real wow factor, go for a contrasting tile and grout. This will give your weave design a more distinct effect. If you want to be original, a double basket weave pattern will produce an even more modern look.

Mix up the grout

Who said your grout has to be white? One of the easiest ways to modernise your space is to apply a different coloured grout (and it makes for easier cleaning too). Popular choices include black and dark or light grey. Dark grout will make white subway tiles pop out, as will the opposite of black tiles and white grout. If you want to create a more edgy and industrial feel, than a contrasting grout is what you should be aiming for.

Experiment with colour and texture

The original subway tiles were always white, but nowadays subway tiles come in a wide variety of colours, sizes and textures. Make the look of your space your own by experimenting with different shades and surfaces to achieve a trendy yet timeless design. One way you can do this is with colour blocking, which is a great way to break up white tiles.

We’ve all heard how mirrors can help elongate a space and make it look bigger, and you can also achieve the same effect with mirrored subway tiles.

Perth’s tile specialists

Be inspired by Ceramic Tile Supplies’ wide range of premium subway style tiles. Browse our selection of classic and modern designs, or visit our Myaree or Wangara showrooms to view the full range on display.

Tile Trends to Keep an Eye Out for in 2020

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Are you decorating your bathroom for the first time or renovating an old, tired look? Either way, we understand the feeling. The new year is time for a new look.

Adding tiles to your bathroom or replacing old ones will keep it looking modern, fashionable, and fresh. To keep this private space looking new, we recommend keeping an eye out for tile trends coming in 2020. Tiles, like paint colours or clothing styles, go in and out of fashion, so you want to keep a finger on the pulse of trends for bathroom tiles.

Here are some trends to look out for in 2020 and tips for tiles Perth homeowners will love:

Decorating and Renovating

If you’re decorating or renovating your bathroom to look more fashionable, you will need to look out for a style that appeals to you but doesn’t sacrifice on quality or functionality.

Finding something that looks modern yet remains in style with the existing home is a challenge many buyers face. But with the right bathroom tiles, you can find something to satisfy your desires and practical needs.

When decorating, one helpful tip is that you can create a light and glamorous bathroom with pastel colours, glass tiles, or more organic looks.

The right bathroom tiles and the right placement also can help change the whole vibe of the room. This New Year, look out for tiles that will make your room look more spacious. Large, airy spaces are the new trend for 2020.

Vibrant and bold looks are also in, so decorate your walls and floors with strong styles whilst keeping them classy. Remember, practical can be pretty.

Style and Design

We have a whole range of tiles on offer, so look out for great designs that are set to be popular in 2020. The four style and design categories to consider are colour, texture, decor, and natural aesthetics.

1) Colour

You want to match your tiles to the colour of your bathroom, whether that is the current colour or a new shade that you’re planning on painting.

Light pastel colours will be popular in 2020. We have a range of pastels and mixed colours for you to peruse, including our Trend glass mosaic ranges and our Solid subway tile range.

Bi-colour tiles and contrasting colours are also promising to be popular as people move toward bold and quirky looks. You can accomplish this by pairing solid colours on the same wall in different patterns and textures.

2) Texture

Textured styles are on the rise. This can be done in two ways; the texture you feel or the visual patterned texture on the tiles. When it comes to feel it is fun to play with the use of smooth, glossy, lappato, satin, embossed or rough tiles. But keep in mind smooth tiles are easier to clean but the rougher tiles have a better grip which can be practical for a bathroom floor. For a visual textural look it is great to use a mix of a highly patterned tile (think floral look, natural stone look or concrete look) mixed with a basic non patterned tile. Check out our Alabastro, Carrara, and Busker series for a variety of textured styles.

This year, textures are important as part of the Bohemian look, which is quirky and artsy. Designers using a combination of textured walls and floor tiles with decorative feature elements.

3) Decorative

Decorative tiles with patterns and shapes on them are popular for 2020. A little bit of bohemian, a geometric shape and the mosaic look are all promising styles for the New Year.

We have a range of mosaics, from ceramic and glass to porcelain and stone. The Scales and Penny-Round series are especially popular and eye-catching.

For decorative styles, check out the Herringbone, Brick Crystla, and Ciment series. Whether you like geometric or floral designs, we have options for you.

4) Natural

The natural look is going to be a popular one in 2020. The top natural materials include stone, concrete, or timber-look. These come in greys, browns, and white tinges. The charm of these simple and effective tiles lies in their organic look.

For stone options, we have a wide selection, from the Chorus series to the Mystone and Scot.

Popular concrete options include the Busker line, Downtown, and Evoque lines.

The timber styles that render the best au naturel look are the Cherokee and Supergres series.

Get in Touch With Us Today

If you’re looking for a new bathroom look, then now is the time to check out tile trends for 2020. Stay ahead of the curve by shopping now for the coming year. You also can stop by one of our tiles Perth showrooms in 2020 and see what’s trending!

How To Create A Timeless Bathroom

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Without a doubt, one of the most functional rooms in the house is the bathroom. It’s always in use and frequently exposed to water, chemicals, heat, and humidity. This means your bathroom can suffer more wear and tear than any other room in your home.

This private space always seems to be one of the first rooms up for consideration for a makeover. It’s often re-modeled because of its importance in the home and since it’s used by every member of the family. If you’re looking to redecorate your bathroom and create a timeless space, you need to select a design that won’t go out of style anytime soon. You also want to give off a pleasant, fresh look.

Keeping an eye on the current trends is always something we enjoy to do. It’s easy to get carried away when decorating your home with recent interior design updates, but when it comes to the bathroom, creating a timeless classic will add style and longevity.

Here’s how you can do it.

Choose Terrific Tiles

Bathroom tiles in Perth are now trendier than ever. Ceramic tiles help create a unique elegance all the way from its size, shape, and colour. With such a large spectrum of tile designs available, homeowners will have no trouble finding a style that suits their liking. We always suggest shapes like hexagons and rectangle variations as they add intrigue to any bathroom.

Moreover, when compared to other tile materials, ceramic presents an affordable option without disrupting your style. These tiles are very durable which will keep your space current and increase the value of your home. Specialist bathroom tile companies in Perth, like Ceramic Tile Supplies, will help you achieve a timeless and organic feel within your home.

Keep Colours Plain and Traditional

Shades of white, cream, and grey go a long way. They give you more room to play with the colour of bathroom accessories. Decorating using a neutral tone will not only provide you with a more classical look, but these colours never go out of style and go well with just about any other colour!

Diamond Rhombus shape mosaic tile looks great with various shades of grout

If you are decorating your walls, our Albastro Grey Mosaic tile will beautifully compliment the main accessories of your bathroom.

Pick the Right Stone

The most popular and classical materials include stone, marble, and ceramics. These stones offer luxury and quality when used appropriately. One of our personal favorites is the ceramic stone as it is very hard wearing and easy to clean. Not to mention they offer infinite design opportunities.

A popular design in Perth is the Peronda Ground Silver. It’s safest for wet floors with its anti-slip texture. It creates a cool atmosphere in the bathroom and compliments other accessories.

Add Lighting

Lighting is always a matter of individual choice and style. This depends on your overall bathroom style and furnishing, but if you’re still looking for timelessness, adding extra lighting is a great idea.

After natural light, there is a wall and ceiling lighting. Wall fixed sconces and crisp white shades are delightful when contrasted with bathroom tiles. For the ceiling, a chandelier adds beautiful light and sparkles the room.

Use a Classic Tub

The bathtub doesn’t need to be as flamboyant as you may think. The freestanding tub may be the most classic bathroom element that never goes out of style. Classical shapes are called so for a reason. They are much more practical and tend to match with more in the bathroom.

Final Thoughts

Regardless of taste, it’s important to think about the future of your bathroom. Will it look as fresh in five, ten or even twenty years? Homeowners don’t want to keep tweaking, especially with bathroom tiles. If you begin the design process with a clear head, your bathroom will remain timeless.

Need help choosing the right tiles for your bathroom? Stop by one of our showrooms today!

Creating the Perfect Bathroom Tile Feature Wall

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A feature wall is a unique in that it differs from the other walls in the room, usually in pattern, colour, or finish. It can add pzazz to a room that could otherwise be flat or boring. For bathrooms, homeowners may run into a problem finding a balance between design and functionality. A bathroom feature wall need to withstand hot and humid conditions without compromising style. Using bathroom tiles is an excellent way to hit that perfect balance of style and function.

Range of Tile Options

Ceramic, porcelain, glass, marble, and more — there are plenty of different types of bathroom tiles to pick from for your unique bathroom feature wall. Here’s a few, just to get you started.

Ceramic Tiles

The most common bathroom tile comes in several colours, sizes, textures, and styles to suit any design. They’re perfect for DIY homeowners, since they’re easy to install and maintain. Best of all, they’re moisture resistant making them perfect for your bathroom. You can really add a dramatic flare to your bathroom and create a mosaic or go subtle and have a single colour. The possibilities are endless.

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles have an elegant finish and do not fade or crack. They go well in almost any room, are durable and sturdy.They are also non-porous, which makes them highly resistant to staining and moisture. With dedication to installation and upkeep, the finished product can be breathtaking, especially when used on a bathroom feature walls.


With superior stain resistance and easy upkeep, glass is a great choice. They’re also more suited to walls than to flooring, due to the possibility of chipping.


Marble adds a level of sophistication to any room, especially in smaller applications.

Matt, Gloss, Glaze, Satin?

Surface finishes are just as important as the type of material chosen for the tile. Glazed and gloss finishes are shiny, slippery, and reflective, which makes them excellent for bathrooms, and they are available in an array of colours, textures, and styles. Satin finishes are the middle ground between matte and gloss tiles, are less reflective than glazed, and are easy to clean and maintain. Matte finishes are soft to the touch, not reflective, durable, and easily combined with gloss or satin finished bathroom tiles for contrast.

Diamond Rhombus shape mosaic tile looks great with various shades of grout

Design and Implementation: Bringing It All Together

There are tons of ways to use bathroom tiles to brighten up and stylise a room that’s not typically thought of as “stylish”. Geometric patterns using large, differently-finished tiles adds depth and contrast. Bright, vivid colours can add character and shine. Dark, muted colours can create a sleek and modern look. A combination of several different types of bathroom tiles adds not only functionality, but creativity. You can use straight lines to elongate a room, zig zags and curves to add movement, or solid shapes to establish patterns and stabilise the room. The design is completely customisable because every individual tile element is also uniquely customisable. Where the design goes is up to you–that’s the best part of using bathroom tiles for your feature wall!

Ceramic Tile Supplies in Perth and we have experts that can help you from the design phase all the way to the finishing touches. Need help picking the right tiles for your bathroom feature wall? Visit one of our showrooms today!

How to Tackle Tough-to-Clean Tiles & Grout

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Whether you’ve recently had tiles in Perth installed and are preparing to seal your grout, or regular wear has your grout looking less than brand new, there a few popular at-home, do it yourself solutions many homeowners swear by to get their grout grime free.

Tips From The Professionals:

At the tile shops in Perth, we all know nothing ruins the appearance of a beautiful tile like dirty grout. Before we begin looking at the different approaches to cleaning grout, keep in mind these important tips to get your tile looking brand new.

  • Don’t rush: Let your grout cleaner sit for ten to fifteen minutes before you continue for the best results.
  • Use the right tools: A small, stiff brush than can fit within your grout lines is the key to getting any and all buildup off.
  • Rinse, don’t repeat: Mop or wipe down your recently cleaned tile and grout with warm water and mild cleaning detergent to pick up any remaining loosened residue and prevent streaking.
  • Test a sample: Especially on coloured grout, test all of these solutions on a small corner to confirm that any chemical reactions will not produce discolouration.


The least strenuous, time consuming, and least chemically abrasive option, particularly suitable for those who don’t want to be scrubbing tile on their hands and knees or who are concerned about chemical contact around themselves, children, or animals, is steam cleaning.

Be advised that this solution will remove any sealant on your grout so it is best used on older grout that is due to be resealed. However, as there is no chemical reaction in this cleaning process, it is ideal to use on coloured grout as there is no risk of discolouration.

If you do not wish to purchase your own steam cleaner, many hardware or home improvement stores offer rental options that may be suitable for your needs. Be sure to use the appropriate grout cleaning attachment, such as a steam hose and a small brush, for the best results.

Tile Grout Cleaning


This option is not suitable for grout used on natural stone, as the vinegar may stain or damage natural tile, but is otherwise very convenient as the ingredients are very commonly found already within your home.

The first step is to mix a 3:1 solution of baking soda and water to produce a thick paste that can be generously applied directly on the grout lines. You should then spray a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water onto the paste which will cause the two ingredients to react by bubbling. Once the bubbling ceases, scrub away the paste then wipe or mop up any remaining residue.


Similar to the option above, this solution can also be made with commonly found household items. A solution of 1 tablespoon dish soap, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, and 3/4 cup of baking soda creates a cleaning paste that can be applied in a similar manner to the baking soda and vinegar solution. Let the solution bubble and sit for the recommended ten to fifteen minutes then scrub, rinse, and mop.


Chemically, using bleach is the strongest cleaning option we can recommend, though not necessarily the most effective depending on the state of your grout. Mix two tablespoons of bleach thoroughly into two cups of water, and use as quickly as possible for the best results. Make sure to also use a synthetic bristle brush to prevent your tools from breaking down in reaction to the chemical agents in bleach. Apply the solution in sections to your grout, let sit, scrub, and rinse as usual.

Particularly tough to clean spots with deeper stains or more build-up can be treated with small amounts of pure bleach. It is recommended you wear gloves and use sufficient ventilation when using this treatment option to protect your skin, lungs, and eyes from the harsh chemicals found in bleach.

If you are struggling with tough to clean grout, and would like more information or a professional assessment of your cleaning needs, contact us today at our premiere tile shops in Perth to see how we can help you get your tile and grout gleaming like new.

Our Top Tips for Choosing the Right Bathroom Tiles

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Choosing tiles for your bathroom renovation is a big deal. Tile is one of the most significant components of a bathroom’s design. The wrong choice could result in an overall look that is undesirable and doesn’t make you feel at home. To save you from making poor tiling choices, we have compiled this collection of tile selection tips. As a leading supplier of bathroom tiles in Perth, we have significant expertise that we cannot wait to share with you.

Don’t Rush Yourself

With so many tiling options currently available, the process of making a choice can be remarkably overwhelming. Do not force yourself to decide quickly. If you are not completely sure, take your time and look at some other options. When visiting the showroom, give yourself a significant amount of time to browse without enforcing strict deadlines on yourself. Even if it takes a bit more time, you will be much happier if you end up with the choice that truly helps you to achieve your dream bathroom.

Prepare in Advance

If possible, try to have an idea of what you want before you get to the showroom. That way, you will be much more likely to stay on track and eventually make a purchase with which you are satisfied. Try to determine which colour scheme you want to go with before you arrive at the showroom. This will prevent you from being overwhelmed by the sheer number of options and colours available.

Also, bring inspiration photos to show to associates. Photos and examples can give them an idea of your preferences. As a result, they will be able to help more quickly with finding something that matches your style and vision.

Bring Your House Plans

Price is always a factor in home renovation purchases. Therefore, you need to ensure that you bring your house plans and any other relevant paperwork. This will enable the sales associates to give you accurate figures regarding the tile of your interest.

Additionally, if you show up with your plans, the associates will be more likely to give you advice. they can consult with you about what may look good and which options to avoid in your specific space.

Don’t Over-Complicate

Choosing tiles can be exciting. However, that doesn’t mean that you should go wild and purchase ten different types of tile for one room. A good rule of thumb is not to utilise more than three different kinds of tile in a single space. Otherwise, the area will become too overwhelming. Clashing designs will deteriorate the sense of style and aesthetic.

Talk To An Expert

Hopefully, these tips have given you some direction for choosing bathroom tiles. If you are still feeling lost, not to worry! Please feel free to contact us for more information. From subway tiles to mosaics, we can find something that perfectly fits your lifestyle and your budget. We invite you to give us a call anytime or visit one of our showrooms today.