More on Shower Tile
Showers will have more contact with water than any other area in your home, so in addition to aesthetics, safety and ease of cleaning are important aspects to consider when selecting shower tiles. Tile styles tend to differ between walls and floors. Smaller tiles are more often used for shower floors since grout lines provide better traction and prevent slips, while larger tiles are used more frequently used for shower walls since they make cleaning simpler and smaller spaces seem larger. We recommend selecting three or less tile styles for your bathroom design. And, if you’re tiling a curved area like a shower bench or ceiling, remember to stick to small tiles to keep things simple and stress-free.
Keep in mind that the lighter the tile color, the larger the space will appear. Neutral, airy tones are best for opening up smaller spaces. So try to save dark tiles for larger areas or use them sparingly as accents. When tiling your shower, you’ll need to use materials with a very low rate of water absorption. Always remember to check the application chart, since absorption levels vary from tile to tile. Semi vitreous tiles are the most absorbent (3-7%), followed by vitreous tiles (.5%-3%), then impervious tiles (0.5%), while non-vitreous tiles are never recommended for shower floor use.
Porcelain, and other types of ceramic floor tiles, are known for their durability, longevity, and low life cycle cost. Stone flooring, like slate or pebble stone, is another great choice for its lifespan and naturally slip-resistant texture. Penny tile rounds also provide ample traction and are another wow-worthy design option for your shower space.