Tile is one of the most versatile flooring options available—perfect for filling your bathroom with personality and character, and creating the soothing, relaxing space of your dreams. Whether you prefer a traditional look and feel, or want a sleek, modern spot, it all starts with finding the perfect tile for your bathroom.
Natural Stone Tile
Natural stone tile, like granite, marble, or travertine, creates a stunning look for bathroom floors. The one-of-a-kind designs and colors, like the metal slabs made by Bedrosians Tile and Stone
, add a relaxing, calming element to spa-like bathrooms. Some homeowners even use river rock to add in an even more nature-based design.
Natural stone tile must be sealed before use, and requires regular upkeep. With ongoing care, though, the tile will remain beautiful and functional for many years to come.
Ceramic Tile Floors
Made from shaped and dried clay, ceramic tile is extremely durable, low maintenance, and stain, odor, and dirt-resistant. Ceramic tile is easily cleaned with warm water, and is an ideal covering for homeowners with residents who have allergies or asthma.
From gorgeous shaped and hand-painted tiles to the wood-look tiles from Arizona Tile, there are a variety of different options for your bathroom.
Porcelain Tile Floors
Image from Daltile Bee Hive Collection
Porcelain is an extremely durable and flexible material used for bathroom floor tile. Before being turned into tile, the clay is more rigorously purified, and produces a stronger material. Porcelain is not slippery when wet, and requires very little maintenance. Some homeowners have found that sealing and glazing their porcelain tile can give the floor a greater longevity.
The Daltile Bee Hive porcelain tile collection creates a unique look for any bathroom. With color options of white, ivory, taupe, shades of grey or black, their tile collection allows you to bring a sophisticated whimsy to your bathroom.
Image from Shaw Floors Mercury Glass Collection
Glass tile can also bring a whimsical feel, and can provide homeowners with a wider variety of colors and shapes than other tile options. Unfortunately, glass tile can also be very slippery, so it should primarily be used as an accent tile or as a backsplash.
Shaw Floors has some beautiful glass tile options. We especially like the versatility of the Mercury Glass collection, which comes in many shades of blues, grays, and browns.
Tiles Top Styles
There are a variety of different layouts you can choose from for your bathroom. You might use tiles with unique patterns to take advantage of a large space for a simple, attractive straight or diagonal layout. This emphasizes a large space and also presents a stunning, elegant backdrop for other pieces in your bathroom, bringing out the shapes and colors of your furniture. Ideally, tiles used for a straight or diagonal layout will be large, giving space for the true color and pattern of the tile to shine through.
In smaller bathrooms, patterned layouts can be used to create interest, energy, and excitement:
- Pinwheel layouts involve larger squares offset by smaller square tiles of a different color
- Octagon and dot mosaics place darker colored diamond-shaped tiles in between lighter octagon-shaped tiles
- Windmill mosaic layouts surround small square tiles with longer rectangles
- Running bond, which staggers rectangular tiles, is great for subway tiles or other tiles in different color variations
- Creative layouts like herringbone, or modular layouts that incorporate tiles of multiple sizes, colors, and patterns, can be stunning in bathrooms of all sizes, helping to bring a sense of artistry to large spaces while enlarging small spaces.
Before you buy your tile, decide on the layout you want, as certain shapes and sizes are more conducive to particular layouts and designs. Working with a provider who can give you a picture of what your options might look like can help you decide on the appropriate scaling and shades for your tile floor.
Primera’s designers and professionals have extensive experience helping everyone from contractors to homeowners find the perfect components of their dream homes. With more than 40 years of experience, in-house fabrication, and a variety of pricing packages, we can take you from beginning to end, working with creative, professionals from the designers to the certified installers for your tile floor. Contact us today to get started on your new bathroom.