Bathroom Tile: Ideas to Consider When Tiling Your Bathroom
There may be no room in the house that benefits from tile more than the bathroom. In these wet and humid, high-use areas, ceramic, brick, or glass tile are each a natural fit and capable of creating limitless designs.
From petite powder rooms to spacious spa bathrooms, freshen up your bathroom with our best tips and ideas when it comes to bathroom tile.
Types of Bathroom Tile
Almost all tile is suitable for certain areas of the bathroom. Strength and water absorption rates will determine where they work and do not. Appropriate bathroom tile includes glass tile, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, brick tile, and natural stone tiles like marble tile or travertine tiles.
At Fireclay, we offer glass tile, ceramic tile, and non-vitreous brick tile. Glass is impervious to water making it our most waterproof product, though ceramic and brick tile are both acceptable for bathroom use, including in showers.
Learn more about Ceramic Shower Tile.
Bathroom Floor Tile
The bathroom floor is one of the wettest places in your house. Steaming up the shower, stepping out of the bath and regular cleaning constantly puts water on the bathroom floor. For this reason, flooring that works well in other rooms, like hardwood, may not fly in the bathroom. Bathroom tile flooring tolerates these wet conditions and is easy to clean.
Can you use glossy tiles on the bathroom floor?
Yes. All of our ceramic and brick tile is suitable for floors with low or residential traffic and our glass is appropriate in sizes under 3", including colors with a glossy finish. Smaller-sized tile will increase the number of grout lines and the grip of the floor. Wider grout lines increase traction as well.
Learn how to choose the right size grout.
If there is any concern, our matte glazes and two satin finishes—Sunflower and Sorbet—offer commercial standard slip-resistance finish and additional peace of mind.
Brick bathroom floor tile offers bathrooms a rustic quality and extra toughness to stand up to years of use. Black Hills brick with matching black grout is the perfect no-nonsense floor for this country bathroom/utility room.
Handpainted bathroom floor tile makes a bathroom elegant from every angle. This minimalist bathroom doesn’t need splashy color or busy fixtures to make an impression with Handpainted Summit Tile in White Motif.
Use different shapes and colors to create artistic motifs like this clever seaside bathroom that looks like a day at the beach.
Hexagon tiles are a natural choice for a bathroom floor. Learn how to choose the right hexagon tile for your bathroom.
Bathroom Wall Tile
Moisture from showers can damage drywall, paint, or wallpaper in your bathroom. Tiling your bathroom walls creates a defense for your walls that will last decades. You can tile the entire wall up to the ceiling or tile only part of the wall, called wainscoting, and pair it with wallpaper, wood, or plaster.
You can match your floor and wall tile blended perfectly with cove base trim, or choose different colors and shapes to distinguish between the walls and the floors.
A white subway tile bathroom is a classic choice for any bathroom. But playing with the pattern can breathe new life into an enduring trend. This bathroom switches things up with a herringbone pattern that gives the subway tile a fresh perspective.
Love white bathroom tile? Check out this blog for 3 timeless white bathroom tile trends.
Tile wainscoting with 1x1 mosaic glass tile in Rosy Finch Matte adds an intricate accent against the pink drywall in this gem of a powder room.
Two sizes of ceramic tile in warm neutral Tusk compose these full coverage bathroom walls including the spacious shower walls. The alternating dimensions add a distinct look to the monochromatic bathroom.
Wondering how high to tile your bathroom wall? Check out our blog post that helps you weigh the choice.
The bathroom is one of the most fertile rooms for design expression and showers have become not just highlights of bathrooms, but entire homes. A knockout custom shower will delight your guests and make you feel like you’re living on vacation.
The tile you choose can set the tone for this private place. Ceramic tile in soft colors creates a spa-like atmosphere. Brightly colored glass explodes with positive vibes to start your day with. A brick shower speaks to utilitarian sensibilities.
Color is all preference, but if you live in an area with hard water, you may want to choose a lighter color with a glossy finish to minimize the appearance of water spots. Harsh chemicals to remove water spots are not suitable for ceramic tile.
What tile can you use on a shower floor?
Ceramic and glass tile are both suitable for the shower pan or floor, including glossy colors. Brick can be used on shower walls but is not recommended for shower floors. Again, smaller tiles and wider grout lines will increase traction in these wet environments. We recommend using a Mosaic Tile smaller than 3" for shower pans.
Get the answers to all your shower floor tile questions.
Glass tile is available in non-slip as well by applying a corundum finish to any of the glass tile colors.
There are several trim options available to design a shower curb to match the rest of your shower or bathroom floor.
Deciding what type of tile to use in your shower? Check out this blog to compare ceramic and glass tile showers.
Perfect for showers, backsplashes, and in smaller sizes, shower floors, glass tile offers a sheen only found in glass. This shower features vertical 3x12 glass tile in ruby red Pheasant Gloss to contrast the wall tile of Rosy Finch Matte, paired with our ceramic tile in the same size on the floor.
Not every shower can have its own accent wall, but this spacious walk-in shower with a view features a bold display of Glazed Thin Brick in San Gabriel with 2x2 mosaic tiles on the floor--ideal for a shower pan!
Bathroom Backsplash Tile
A backsplash isn’t just for the kitchen. Featured alone or paired with floor, wall, or shower tile, a bathroom backsplash adds detail to your bathroom, protection from water, and makes your vanity area easier to clean.
Speaking of cleaning, small mosaic tile is a beautiful design option for a bathroom backsplash but bear in mind that the smaller the tile you choose the more grout will be used. For areas you’ll clean frequently, you may want to opt for a larger shape.
With a satin finish and varying colors or rich leather, this bathroom backsplash pieces together Hexite tile for a contemporary tortoiseshell design.
This decorative bathroom backsplash features Mini Star and Cross Tile in Cardamom to match the larger format Star and Cross floor.
Trying to match your bathroom to a particular period? Read our blog on designing mid century bathrooms to learn how.
Tub Surround Tile
A tiled tub surround is a great choice for smaller bathrooms where the shower and tub are combined as well as for more spacious bathrooms to create a setting of elegance and serenity.
This rainbow striped tub surround with matching bathroom walls nearly broke the internet last year and no wonder. We’d love to be inspired by its vibrant energy every morning.
Sheeted 2x2 Mosaic Tile in Peabody surrounds this deep soaking tub lit by an overhead skylight for a peaceful place to leave the day behind.
Glazed Thin Brick gives this tub surround an earthy color and rustic texture to pair with the natural wood floors and bright white alcove tub.
Explore more tub surround tile styles.
Shower Niche Tile
A niche in your shower or tub surround adds function and detail. A niche is an opportunity for home decorators to add a unique element like handpainted tile or finished trim.
Learn more about designing a Shower Niche.
3” Triangle tile in Gypsum switches things up in this shower niche for a textural pop that matches the tile of the shower pan.
Steam Shower Tile
A steam shower is an amazing way to up your relaxation game and the right tile lets you flex your design muscles while you’re at it. Our glass tile is impervious to water and an excellent choice for outfitting your steam shower. Ceramic Tile is approved for use in steam showers. Brick is not suitable for steam showers.
Our matte ceramic tiles are a great choice to tile the floor of your steam shower so you can stay extra safe when things get steamy.
Wet Room Bathroom Tile
Wet room bathrooms are open concept bathrooms where the shower area is less separated from the rest of the bathroom compared to conventional bathrooms. Sometimes partial glass partitions, pony walls or small curbs keep some water contained, but the important thing is protecting your bathroom with waterproof surfaces because of the likelihood of your bathroom walls and floor frequently getting soaked.
Ceramic, glass, porcelain, and natural stone tile are all great choices for a wet room bathroom.
Public Bathroom Tile
Offices, schools, commercial, restaurant, and retail spaces all need beautiful bathrooms too. Quality tile is especially important in public settings since the amount of use and foot traffic encountered in public bathrooms is exponentially more than the bathroom in your home.
On public bathroom floors, slip-resistant tile can be of even greater importance to ensure the safety of your patrons, employees, or students.
School is about self-expression. So Detroit Prep designed this restroom to reflect the creativity they hope to foster in their students with sheeted large diamonds of slip-resistant Sorbet, Morning Thaw and Basalt.
Offices don’t have to be drab. Create a space your staff will want to spend their time in. This bathroom comes courtesy of Sock Club who knows how to put their employees in a fashionable mindset.
Have more questions about bathrooms or an idea you want to work on? Link up with a personal Design Assistant for free design services!