How Do I Choose Bathroom Tile?
By Bedrosians Tile & Stone | 9/11/2019
Tile is the foundation of any home. It covers the walls and floors of your abode, setting the scene for your lifestyle. Before you can transform your home into a wow-worthy space, there are five questions you should ask yourself...
What's the Best Kind of Bathroom Tile to Use?
Cloe ceramic tile, a company best-seller, is available in 2 sizes: 5"x5" and 2.5"x8" and 8 colors, plus a 5"x5" Loire deco and 1/2"x8" trim piece.
Ceramic tile is made by grinding raw materials, like clay mixtures or other minerals, and fusing them together through a firing process. Most ceramic tiles are meant just for wall applications.
Costa Allegra ceramic 3"x6" subway tile in White Sand | Designer: Mindy Gayner Design
Porcelain, part of the ceramic family, is more impact resistant and can go on both floors and walls since it is fired at a higher temperature. Porcelain has a lower water absorption rate than other types of ceramic tiles, and is recommended for both indoor and outdoor use. Most other types of ceramic are only recommended for indoor use.
Enchante 8"x8" porcelain tile in Moderno is a perfect floor choice for the bathroom
Contemplating wooden floors? Wood-look porcelain gives you the look and feel of wood floors, but without the worry of scratches or warping, especially in rooms with lots of moisture, like bathrooms.
Tahoe 8"x40" wood-look porcelain tile in Glacier
Natural stone tile is another option for floors, walls and counters, either in slab, tile or mosaics. Its inherent beauty makes it a solid choice. Because no two pieces are alike, every installation is unique. The texture and color variety in the stone give every space a unique appearance that cannot be duplicated.
Wall and floor: White Carrara 2"x2" honed marble hexagon mosaic | Molding: White Carrara 3"x12" honed marble Chandra crown molding | Designer: Desert Decor
Available in an endless array of attention-grabbing colors and transparencies, glass tiles are a perfect option for making a bold design statement in an otherwise utilitarian space. It also has the special ability to shimmer and sparkle, which bounces light around a room to visually expand the space.
Imperial 2.5"x6" beveled subway glass tile in Princess
What's the Best Tile Color to Use in My Bathroom?
With so many beautiful tiles to choose from, the bathroom is a perfect place to show off a little personality and take a risk with a fun color or pattern on your tiles. However, if you are going to go for it, keep it to one show stopper. You'll acheive a timeless look with the wow factor you want without competing with the other elements in the room.
Floor and shower niche: Chateau 12"x12" porcelain tile in Midnight/Canvas deco | Shower wall: Costa Allegra 3"x12" ceramic tile in White Sand | Designer: Styled Out West
What's the Best Tile Size to Use in My Bathroom?
Just as is true with any aspect of interior design, what’s en vogue is fluid and constantly changing. For most of our porcelain tile collections, we sell coordinating mosaics that can be used on the shower floor/walls, creating a cohesive and flowing look. As a rule, the larger the tile, the bigger the space will seem. Small tiles on the floor create the need for more grout, thus making the room feel a smaller. The best way to decide what size tile will work in your space is to bring home samples prior to tile installation.
Costa Allegra 3"x12" ceramic subway tile in White Sand | Designer: Anita Yokota
One of our favorite designers, Anita Yokota, an interior design blogger, says, "I would suggest before you even buy the tile you want, try different sized tiles and work within your measurement so that you know ahead of time of any potential problems. And, if you are designing two kinds of tile sizes, make sure dimensions are multiples of each other. For example, 12"x12" floor tiles and 4"x4" wall tiles would align perfectly."
How Do I Place Tiles in My Bathroom to Maximize My Space?
Reach for the stars — or at least the ceiling! When tiling a shower, the design should reach all the way to the ceiling. This creates a more finished and crisp look. It will also protect your drywall from exposure to water or dirt. An added bonus is that this type of tile placement is the best way to make your bathroom look larger by making the walls look taller.
What Tile Style Should I Use in My Bathroom?
Dr. Ellen Fisher, Dean of NYSID (New York School of Interior Design) once said “The design of a floor conveys the essential character of a space not only through visual appearance but also through the feel of textures, transitions, and temperatures. Whether buttery leather or super slick glass tile, the choice of flooring materials speaks volumes.”
Allora 8.5"x10" porcelain hexagon tile in the Fiore pattern | Designer: Altura Homes
Each type of tile can create its own vibe and feeling. Marble will instantly add a classical, elegant feel. Metal, stainless steel, and glass are best for modern spaces. If you’re going for a rustic feel, wood floors and ceramic walls work well. It’s a good idea to have your samples (paint, cabinet finish, countertop finish, etc.) on hand while tile shopping to see how all the materials work together.
As the great designer Billy Baldwin says "Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style."
Le Cafe 2"x2" porcelain hexagon mosaic in matte black and white | Designer: Signe Lauren