Use these eight bathroom tile ideas for inventive installation and material selections.
When it comes to a bathroom, tile is a wonderful opportunity to make a design statement and add the flourishing finale to these often-used rooms. Try these eight inspiring suggestions for your own bathroom tile ideas.
Add a border to the top of a ceiling, wainscoting, backsplash, or tub edging.
One bathroom tile idea is to define a bathroom space and complement other colors by using a single contrasting color or a design that includes a pattern or image. You can also use a border to extend sight lines in a small bath—a black slim border to outline the edges of a shower or sink, for example.
Choose a very small, very large, or unusually shaped tile.
Different size tile is a great way to alter a bathroom's proportions. Very large marble tiles—24x24 for example—can almost give the illusion of a single piece of stone, with fewer grout joints and a cleaner look. One-inch-wide square and classic hexagonal mosaics help a small bath seem larger, as do tiles placed diagonally.
Create a mural.
Especially when added to a shower, mosaic stone tile murals are great bathroom tile ideas. They become almost like artwork, particularly if they are framed in a contrasting color, such as black. To create cohesion between the mosaic and the rest of the room, pick one of the neutral tiles for use elsewhere.
Pick a tile with texture.
Once you begin to brainstorm bathroom tile ideas, you'll find a range of selections. Tiles such as naturally inspired pebble glass—wonderful for flooring or shower niches—add textural beauty and set off elements in a bathroom.
Surround a mirror with tile.
If your budget is limited, you can get the look of a tile wall without the expense. The trick? Add it to the wall that also includes the vanity and mirrors. You'll only have to add slivers of tile to create a shimmering backdrop.
Tile a ceiling.
Tile is typically reserved for walls or floors, but especially in a smaller space such as a shower, a tile ceiling is an interesting way to add a distinctive element to the room.
Include mismatched tile to complement a decorating scheme.
Give a plain bath a quick update by plucking out a few of the existing tiles and replacing them with decorative glass tiles—solid colors that alternate with mosaics, for example, and contrast with plain white subway tile.
Add a tile wall in a powder room.
Although the space is typically limited, powder rooms offer great ways to make a powerful impact with tile. And since you'll likely need less tile, it may be possible to invest in something with great style and distinction. Try a wall of glass mosaic tile as a backdrop to a sink.
-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.