Remodeling a bathroom is an exciting venture, but it can also be a daunting one. There are so many choices to make in terms of layout, style, fixtures, shower heads, and faucets. But one of the most important decisions, and possibly the most expensive, is what kind of tile to use in your newly renovated space, especially if you plan a showpiece shower.
Make sure to check out these different types of tile styles before you commit on a design.
There’s perhaps no tile style more classic than the rectangular glossy porcelain type that gets its name from metropolitan subway stations. Clean and classy, set in straight lines or in a herringbone pattern, subway tile can be used alone or in tandem with other, funkier, bright tiles. Though white is the standard, subway tiles do come in multiple colors.
Glass Mosaic Tiles
Mosaic glass tiles add brightness, color, and visual interest to a shower, whether they’re used to cover an entire wall, as a rail-level border, or as multiple accent pieces strategically scattered among other tiles. Usually shaped as small squares, glass mosaic tiles capture and reflect light and come in a vast selection of colors, including metallic and iridescent.
Pebble tile looks exactly as it sounds: Like a collection of smooth pebbles, sometimes monochromatic but often with small variations in hue, laid close together. Some customers like the pebbly way it feels under their feet and use it for a floor tile, but it’s most often used within a larger design for visual interest. If you like a beachy, outdoorsy vibe, take a look at the wide variety of pebble tile options.
Faux Wood Tiling
The look of wood always brings warmth to any room, but the material couldn’t be more unsuitable for a shower. Fortunately, you have an option to get the look without the trouble with faux wood tiling. Used on all the walls, it gives the feel of a rustic outdoor shower.
Natural Stone Tiles
Marble, granite, slate, limestone and the like are popular, elegant choices. They come in as many designs and colors as nature provides, and can be finished in several ways: Polished, honed, or acid-washed and can be tumbled or brushed for different textural effects. They can require a bit more maintenance and care than ceramic or porcelain tiles, but the ageless effect they offer is unparalleled.