If you’re looking for high-quality wall tiles at affordable prices, you’re in the right place. Tiles Direct stocks a huge range of wall tiles in all styles, sizes, colours and finishes - so, from border tiles to glass wall tiles, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect tiles for your home.
Why opt for wall tiles?
Wall tiling is a great alternative to paint and wallpaper, allowing you to introduce everything from a modern, glossy finish to rustic and intricate patterns and textures to your home - but the benefits don’t stop there.
Water resistance: with an outstanding ability to repel water, there's a good reason wall tiles are a go-to choice for kitchens and bathrooms. From shower cubicles to kitchen splashbacks, you can have peace of mind that your walls will be well-protected from moisture.
Hard-wearing: whether you opt for ceramic or porcelain wall tiles, the good news is that they both deliver when it comes to hard-wearing properties - so there’s no need to worry about scratches and stains ruining your interiors. Built to last, wall tiles offer the perfect long-term solution for anyone looking to keep their home looking stylish for longer.
Easy to clean: with a simple wipe down with water and soap, wall tiles can be a perfect choice if you don’t want your walls to be marred by marks and stains. In busy households, the addition of tiles could be the perfect remedy for avoiding permanent mucky handprints, felt tip drawings or worse - leaving you with pristine walls, whatever little ones throw at them.
Sustainable: if you want your home to echo your own environmental values, tiled walls are the way to go. With their impressive durability and composition from natural materials, wall tiles can keep your decor looking fresh for years, without having a negative impact on the planet - a winning combination for you and Mother Earth.
Versatile: with an extensive range of wall tile sizes, shapes, colours and finishes available, you’ll be spoilt for choice on how to decorate your home. From elegant marble to funky metro tiles, the beauty of tiling your walls is that you’ll have endless styling possibilities - just let your creativity come to the fore.
Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom or any other room in the house, wall tiles offer one of the most durable finishes available. Why not try making your own pattern by mixing contrasting colours? Combining classic white and black wall tiles in a chequered pattern is also a great way to achieve a bold vintage look - or if you’re feeling daring, add red wall tiles to the mix for a pop of colour!
Ceramic vs porcelain: what’s the difference?
At Tiles Direct, we stock a variety of premium quality ceramic and porcelain wall tiles, but how do you know which is the best choice of tile for your home? Well, we’re here to explain the differences so you can make an informed decision that’s right for you.
There actually is very little difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles - they both deliver outstanding durability and low maintenance and are produced from ceramic clay. However, the clay used in porcelain tiles is finer and denser, and is fired at a higher temperature and pressure. The result: an incredibly strong and non-porous tile that’s designed to withstand almost anything, from extreme temperatures and moisture to scratches and impacts.
For this reason, porcelain tiles are often favoured for wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens, as they have fewer cavities that can absorb water. That isn’t to say ceramic tiles aren’t suitable for these areas - far from it, in fact - but always make sure you opt for the correct grout and install it properly to guarantee the longevity of your interior design choices.
Wall tile ideas
Whether you’re embarking on a full home renovation or you just want to spruce up smaller areas of your home, we have an abundance of interior design ideas to create walls that demand to be noticed. With tiling options galore, we have wall tiles for everyone - even if you’re on a tight budget.
Instead of limiting your search to cheap wall tiles, start your hunt for a tiling solution that’s not only affordable but looks amazing. If that sounds like a challenge, we’ve got a few effective and economical ideas to help you get started.
Stylish splashback: who says practical has to be boring? With a diverse range of bold and beautiful kitchen wall tiles to choose from, you can tile a durable kitchen splashback without having to sacrifice on visual impact. Say no to unwanted stains and splatter marks on your walls by adding splashback tiles to your kitchen that are not only sensible but stylish, too.
Luxurious wet room: you’d be forgiven for thinking that bathrooms should prioritise function over fashion - but thanks to our collection of contemporary bathroom wall tiles, you won’t have to choose one over the other. Our warm, uniquely weathered travertine wall tiles are ideal for sink and shower surrounds, and sure to add some rustic beauty to any bathroom design.
Retro metro: channel some cool 1920s nostalgia by introducing black or white metro tiles to your kitchen wall. These retro tiles, reminiscent of the London Underground’s iconic Tube station designs, can have a dramatic impact on any home when coupled with ultra-modern furnishings - and with metro wall tiles available in a variety of sizes and shades, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Fierce feature wall: make an unforgettable statement by incorporating some dramatic feature wall tiles into your home. From rich natural stone to intricately patterned ceramic wall tiles, the options are virtually endless - and there are no rules with feature walls, other than to find something you love that speaks loudly.
Nature-inspired interiors: bring a natural beauty to walls with zero hassle using natural stone-look wall tiles. With all the stunning hues and patterns of the real deal without the maintenance, it’s easy to bring rustic charm to any wall in your home.
Wall tiles for any room
From hard-wearing, practical purchases to eye-catching statement designs, your walls deserve some TLC - however that may manifest itself in your home. Whether you’ve got a specific room in mind or want to give your entire property the royal treatment, our flexible range of wall tiles will make it easy to find your perfect match.
Kitchens: when it comes to kitting out the busiest room of the house with some high quality kitchen wall tiles, it can be hard to know where to start. With options ranging from vintage metro tiles to resilient splashbacks, finding wall tiles for kitchens is easy - even if you’re looking for something luxurious that’ll last for years to come.
For a splash of colour and a characterful addition, why not explore our Good Vibes collection? With their hexagonal shape and a choice of shades, you can mix and match to your heart’s content to achieve a stunning, contemporary finish. If sleek and chic is more to your taste, you can’t go wrong with our Bellagio wall tiles, which complement almost any kitchen colour scheme.
Bathrooms: the wet conditions associated with bathrooms make your tiling choices more important here than anywhere else. Thankfully, you’ll find a broad selection of bathroom wall tiles that offer a killer combination of great looks and hard-wearing materials. If you’re looking for wall tiles for bathrooms, practical porcelains and easy-to-clean ceramics make for sensible and affordable options that’ll still turn heads.
From pretty mosaic borders and shower cubicles to clean-cut large format wall tiles, delivering a stylish yet functional finish couldn’t be easier. Whether you want bold and beautiful or calm and serene, with our impressive selection of bathroom wall tiles, all you have to do is decide on which tiles match your individual style.
Living rooms: the living room is the heart of the home and deserves nothing but the very best when it comes to interior design. Living room wall tiles are available in a vibrant array of colours, patterns, shapes and sizes - meaning you can complement luxurious decor with some rich, autumnal shades or inject some colour into an otherwise muted room by finding wall tiles for living rooms adorned in big, bright colours.
From vintage-inspired fireplaces to textural feature walls, adorning your living room walls with tiles is the ideal way to introduce some elegant charm. Finish with plenty of soft furnishings and you’ll have a sumptuous space primed for relaxation.
Bedrooms: whether you’d prefer your bedroom to be a zen zone bathed in subtle, calming shades or you need your boudoir to make a dramatic impact, tracking down suitable bedroom wall tiles shouldn’t be a problem. Set your home apart with a striking statement wall behind your headboard, made entirely from patterned encaustic tiles - or choose cool slate wall tiles instead, for a smart and contemporary alternative.
Hallways: as the gateway into your home, the hallway is often a neglected area when it comes to interior design, with the focus solely on function rather than aesthetics. However, the addition of some wall tiles can easily inject some style into this functional space - while also upping this well-trodden area’s practical properties, protecting walls from inevitable scuff marks and scratches.
Whether you opt for eye-catching encaustic designs or create a sense of grandeur with mirrored tiles made from glass, we’re confident your hallway will never feel dull and drab again.
Our range of wall tiles
At Tiles Direct, we offer a huge range of kitchen and bathroom wall tiles. So, whether you’re looking for contemporary tiles or something a little more traditional, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect finish.
For a natural, earthy look, why not extend your wooden flooring onto your walls with our ultra-realistic vintage wood tiles? Alternatively, if stone is more your thing, our fantastic range of travertine wall tiles and marble wall tiles can introduce a touch of luxury while maintaining a mellow hue. Brick wall tiles are also a great option if you want to combine the size of metro tiles with the finish of natural stone.
Wall tiles can also be a great way to make a statement in your home. Get all eyes on your kitchen’s best features with our Infinity tiles. Their seamless patterns turn walls into a canvas of texture and give otherwise flat surfaces some movement, with light reflecting around the room at different angles.
When it comes to wall tiles for bathrooms, the options are practically endless. For a crisp, clean and classic look, stick to white bathroom wall tiles - or if you want to make a powerful first impression, our porcelain wall tiles come in a huge range of dramatic shades. Alternatively, you can make use of mosaic wall tiles to create colour-filled accents and contrasting textures - be it glossy glass in bright hues, shimmering metallics or matt natural stone.
If you want to add a touch of sparkle to your home’s design, our quartz wall tiles are the ultimate in interior glamour - why not opt for some black quartz wall tiles to help your bathroom walls give the Milky Way a run for its money? If matt is more your thing, you can use slate wall tiles to give your bathroom or kitchen a sleek and contemporary look.
Installation tips for wall tiles
Installing wall tiles can be an extremely satisfying home renovation project, but, unless you’re a seasoned tiler, you may want to read our tips on wall tile installation first to achieve no less than a perfect finish.
Whether you opt for ceramic or porcelain wall tiles, the basic principles for installing them apply to both. In terms of the size and shape, there are no hard and fast rules here. However, for bigger, flat areas, a large format tile can be easier to lay and creates a nice, smooth finish - smaller tiles and mosaics are well-suited for uneven or curved areas as they have greater flexibility, but they nonetheless achieve a smooth finish.
For matters of colour and finish, much of the decision comes down to personal taste - but you may also want to consider the size of the room and natural light. For instance, opting for lighter tones and glossy finishes in small areas will work to brighten the room and make it feel bigger. In the same way, larger spaces can be made to feel more characterful with bold colours and matt textures.
Getting started: measure the area you wish to tile and calculate the amount of tiles you’ll need to cover the space - allowing at least 10% extra for tile cuts. You’ll also need to work out the amount of tile adhesive and grout you’ll need - again, allowing for extra so that you don’t run out halfway through the job. If you’re unsure on how to do this, our tile experts are on hand to help you find the right quantities and make sure you opt for the right products for your specified area.
Prep the walls: when it comes to laying your tiles, you’ll first need to prepare the surfaces. For a standard wall like a kitchen splashback or living room wall, ceramic and porcelain tiles can be laid directly onto the existing surface - be that plasterboard, tiles or wood. They’ll just need to be as clean and dust-free as possible. However, for bathrooms and shower rooms, it’s recommended to apply a water-resistant aqua board before attaching the tiles that will help to protect the wall behind from moisture.
Plan your design: with your walls prepped, it’s now time to formulate your pattern - this will ensure your design is square and laid straight. Measure both horizontally and vertically to find the middle point of the area - this will be your starting point - marking the lines with chalk or string as a guide. Always use a spirit level here, rather than relying on existing fixtures that may not be 100% level. It’s also advisable to tack in a temporary baton on the bottom row to help support the weight of the tiles while everything dries.
Lay the tiles: starting from your middle point, apply adhesive with a notched trowel to a small area, laying a few tiles at a time along the bottom row and working upwards. Allow a small space between each tile for the grout - using tile spacers to ensure an even finish.
Apply the grout: with your tiles firmly attached, allow the adhesive to dry before applying grout. Tool up with a grout float to make the job easier, ensuring grout is evenly distributed between the tile joints - this will fully seal your tiles from moisture, giving you a sleek and professional finish.
Tidy up: once dry, wipe the area clean with a wet sponge to remove grout residue - this may need to be repeated several times. When choosing grout, we’d always recommend opting for a waterproof and mould-resistant variety for minimum maintenance, and we have plenty to choose from, including a variety of different grout colours - just let your creative side go wild.
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Why choose Tiles Direct for wall tiles?
Tiles Direct is your one-stop-shop for decorative wall tiles and tiling accessories. Whether you’re still settling on the ideal colour scheme for your home or want to check out the quality of our tiles for yourself, why not order a tile sample for just 99p? That way, you’ll be able to see how our tiles look in your home before you place an order.
Ready to buy? We offer free delivery on all orders over £499 - and shopping for wall tiles online couldn’t be easier. Simply place your order and we’ll deliver them direct to your door - saving you the hassle of trying to shift a heavy load!
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For more information about any of our decorative floor and wall tiles, or to claim your 99p tile sample, call the Tiles Direct team on 0113 253 0005.