Try one of these inspiring design concepts to dress up your bathroom shower tile.
There are as many ways to tile a shower as there are types and colors of tiles. The only must-follow design rules are to select tiles that are waterproof and durable, and to ensure that they are grouted properly. Then, it's time to have fun and stretch your creative imagination. Here are nine of our best ideas for your bathroom shower tile.
Idea: Add an accent tile wall inside the shower.
Think of the kitchen: Many homeowners use the space behind a range for an intricate mosaic tile showpiece. You can do the same in a shower. To keep the space from looking too busy, keep the border and rest of the walls a fairly neutral color. Or, for a more subtle change, mix up the pattern of the tile on one wall—tile laid on the diagonal, for example.
Idea: Change up the size of the bathroom shower tile from the rest of the space.
If you're unsure about mixing and matching materials, you can still add subtle visual contrast by choosing a different size of tile inside the shower. Try a large, square granite tile on the floor, for example, and a smaller rectangular ceramic tile (in the same color) in the shower.
Idea: Vary the tiles inside the shower.
There's no reason to stick with the same tile inside the shower. Use white subway tile to wainscot height, glass mosaic tile above that for an unexpected visual twist, and pebble tile on the floor for a gentle foot massage.
Idea: Use bathroom shower tile patterning to add visual interest.
Go for mosaic glass tiles in a recurring border, or a border of black tiles to divide a white and brown mosaic tile creation, breaking up the wall space.
Idea: Supply contrast with tile in the shower.
Bathroom shower tile can stand as a great counterpoint to other tile in the room. A slender black border in a shower, for example, is a great way to complement a black tile floor.
Idea: Tile the bathroom tile ceiling.
Most of the design and color focus in a bathroom and a shower tends to be the walls and the floor. But the ceiling is another surface that can add texture, color, and pattern by tiling it.
Idea: Add color to niches and benches.
Little shower insets are a natural spot to show off different types or colors of tile in either contrasting or complementary colors.
Idea: Play with tile to complement materials in the rest of the room.
Outside the shower, some baths may not have a lot of tile. The bathroom shower tile is a great opportunity to highlight other colors and materials—for example, ragged-cut slate in the shower to accent a wood-frame tub and plank floors.
Idea: Use grout for contrast.
You can also use grout for unusual color contrast in a shower—dark grout against a white tile, for example.
-Durable and low-maintenance tile is the classic flooring for moisture prone room. I'm Lacey Howard. How do you know what's right for you when there's a multitude of shapes, sizes, and colors to chose from. All types of tiles are very durable and resistant to stains, odors, fires, scratches, and water. Tile can be categorized into ceramics and porcelain. At first glance, they look similar. The difference comes in their durability. Porcelain tiles they do have much higher temperature and it's harder, denser, and nonporous. Porcelain is a great choice for floors, where it shows less because the color permeates the tile body. Ceramic tile is a mix of clay molded into a shape and hardened by firing. Ceramic tiles can be glazed, which gives the tile its color and nonporous impermeable finish for interior walls. Unglazed or thorough body construction offers a more dense and durable surface perfect for heavy activity areas. Tiles come in a variety of shape and sizes. Tiles as large as 16 inch and 24 inches square are a popular choice because they allow a solid surface look because of fewer grout lines. At the other end of the spectrum, tiny mosaic tiles are at their largest 2 inches square. They look tricky and time consuming, but they can be mounted on a mesh backing for easier installation. No matter a tile size, check for its ASTM rating. Tiles are measured on moisture and slip resistant as well as abrasion. Abrasion resistance is broken into classes. Class 1 the weakest is suggested for wall applications only. Class 3 can be used for residential floors. Class 5 can be installed anywhere, even commercial setting. Slip resistant is rated by a tile coefficient of friction or COF. Look for high COF numbers for wet floors. Another important rating for [unk] to water is moisture absorption. Non, semi, and vitreous tiles are suited for indoor use only. Impervious tiles are frost prof and can be used in exterior areas where [unk] condition exists. Finally, shade variations is an inherit element in all ceramic products. If you want consistent color and texture, look for low variation ratings. If you embrace naturally occurring changes, random is the highest shade variation available. I hope this overview of tile flooring has given you an idea of what options might work best in your homes.