Picking Tile 101: The Bathroom

There are thousands of different tiles on the market to choose from; and countless numbers of color, finish, size, shape, and style possible. Are you overwhelmed yet? I’m not surprised! Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you’re selecting the “perfect” tile. These tips will help you narrow down your search and keep you focused.

Size Does Matter


There are many factors to consider when determining what size tile will best fit in your bathroom. In a well-lit, rectangular room, with vaulted ceilings, you MIGHT be able to accommodate large tiles without making the room look smaller. However, a bathroom that has angles, curves, or bench shower seating would be best suited for small tiles or mosaics. Generally, The rule of thumb here is: The larger the tiles, the smaller the room will look.

 

 

Use Different Tile Types


You can get really creative with using different tile types. Don’t go too crazy here; try to keep it to three different types. Keep your eyes from being too overwhelmed. Backsplashes are not just for the kitchen! Try using small tiles like a mosaic to create a feature wall in your bathroom with a backsplash. Combined with large neutral tiles and you’ll create a smooth flow to your bathroom.

 

Neutral Goes a Long Way


Neutral tile on the floor will allow you to focus more on the walls. Whether you’re tiling the walls or painting them, as long as your floor and ceiling are neutral, you can experiment with an accent color wall or a fun tile backsplash. Backsplashes are not just for the kitchen!

Texture


Smooth, sleek tile looks beautiful and is very easy to clean! However, they can also be hazardous, especially in the shower. For that reason, it’s a great idea to choose a slightly textured tile for the floor. No slipping in your bathroom!

 

 

 

 

 

Finish Strong with Grout


If you’re looking for that dramatic look in your bathroom and you want each tile to stand out, pick a grout that is contrasting in color to your tile. Otherwise, go for soft neutrals that blend in, mask stains, and let the tiles be the focal point. By selecting grout that is similar in color to the tile helps create a unified look.  Here are some tips to use with grout:

  • While sanded grout is used for most installations, Use unsanded grout for stone tiles.
  • Sanded grout adds stability which helps increase the slip-resistance of a shower floor
  • Minimize maintenance in your bathroom by selecting darker grout colors and applying a sealant to the grout.
  • Boost grout flexibility, this is really a thing!! Include a polymer additive to the joins as wide as 1-1/4 inches.

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