Ah, the quest for the perfect bathroom tile, many might feel it’s like a journey that can make Frodo’s trek to Mordor look like a simple stroll. The good news is that it’s not nearly as bad as my fellow bathroom store intrepid tile-seeker.
We are about to take on an adventure where you will conquer the wilds of ceramic, porcelain and natural stone and then further traverse the treacherous terrains of texture, size, and color. By the end, if you have been paying attention, you will emerge victorious, with the perfect tiles that transform your bathroom into a sanctuary of style and serenity.
Now before we get into anything, let’s first get the lay of the land and that can be done by understanding that there are three main types of tiles you’ll encounter in the wild: ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone.
Ceramic is the friendly, approachable type as it’s easy to install, comes in a variety of colors, and shouldn’t really break your budget. Porcelain, on the other hand, is the tough guy of the tile world and very much more durable than ceramic, but it’s also harder to cut and install, which pertains to the cost part, AKA expensive.
Last but not least, there’s natural stone and this is the fancy one of the tile world as it not only looks fabulous but will also require regular sealing to protect against moisture and stains as one who might go for this, be prepared to put in some work if you choose this path.
Next up, let’s talk about the texture in the bathroom. We’re talking about where water and bare feet are often in contact, slip resistance is what you’re going for in comparison to other rooms. That glossy marble tile might look like a dream, could very easily turn into a nightmare if you slip and slide all over it. Therefore, make sure whatever you’re getting has some grip to keep you steady on your feet.
This is the annoying bit as the size of your tile can dramatically affect the look and feel of your bathroom whilst also not forgetting price. Large tile pieces can make a small bathroom seem bigger with the trick of perception while smaller tiles can add detail and interest to a larger space.
Choosing the color of your tiles is a bit like shopping. Not super important, but if done right, can take you from looking like a clown to someone attending the oscars. Bright colors can add energy and excitement, but you definitely don’t want to feel like you’re trapped in a box of crayons. On the other hand, neutral tones can create a calming, spa-like atmosphere and yet to some, they might also be a bit boring.
Ah grout, the right grout color can make or break your tile design as a great contrasting grout color can make your tiles pop, while a matching colour can really create a seamless look. But beware – lighter grout can show stains more easily, so if you’re not a fan of cleaning (and who is, really?), just go with your gut and choose a darker color.
There you have it my fellow tile enthusiast, you are now armed with the knowledge you need to conquer the strange lands of bathroom tile selection. May your journey be filled with style, substance, and just the right amount of slip resistance.