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Tile School: How to Choose Your Floor Tile

By Lindsey |

Tile Shown: Paseo in Sunflower and Feldspar // Design: Sara and Rich Combs // Photo: Margaret Austin 

A lot of people ask if we have floor tiles and the answer is, yes of course! In fact, all of our tiles are suitable for interior flooring, the application is what dictates which of our materials will work best for you. Tile has been a popular flooring option for ages, as it is durable, low maintenance and visually appealing. And with #IHaveThisThingWithFloors increasing attention to tile flooring, we have no doubts that we'll only be seeing more of it!

Our Thin Glazed BrickTile and Handpainted Collections can all be used for flooring, it just depends on where you're using it. Below, we're sharing tile floor tips for applications by room. Do you have more questions about what might work best for you? Contact us-- we'll be happy to help!

For Your Bathroom Floor:
In a bathroom application, the floor, along with the shower pan floor (if there is one) will often be tiled. You can use any of our materials in a bathroom setting unless you are installing a steam shower (if you are, just do not use our White Clay Body). Since the bathroom is a damp environment, it's important to think about slippage. A smaller sized tile or a matte finish will serve you (and your feet) well. You can absolutely still use a gloss finish if you like, just consider a bath mat for the areas that will get the dampest.

Hexagons are a great choice for bathroom floors. A smaller size is great for flooring, as the grout joints will lend themselves to more grip for your feet.

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Tile Shown: London Fog 6" Hexagon // Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel // Photo: Zan Passante

In the shower pan, definitely scale down. 2-3" hexagons are great options for shower floors, as you can see below:
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Tile Shown: Flagstone 2" Hexagons; Salton Sea 3x9 // Design + Photo: The Fresh Exchange

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Tile Shown: 3" Hexagons in Glacier Bay; Mini Star and Cross in Glacier Bay and Lapis // Design: Meg Braff Designs // Photo: David Land via Coastal Living

You can absolutely still go for gloss on the floor of your bathroom if you wish. We just recommend that you go for a shape that offers more grout joints, like our Diamond Escher:

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Tile Shown: White Wash Diamond Escher // Design: Whitney Leigh Morris // Photos: Monica Wang

Or Hexite:

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Tile Shown: Hexite in Dusty Blue, Nautical, and Slate Blue // Design: Young America Creative // Photo: Roger Casas

And last but not least, we love the look of Handpainted flooring: 

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Tile Shown: Old Cairo in a custom colorway // Design + Photo: Erin Williamson Design 

Try our Color-It-Tool for your own customized handpainted tiles! 

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Tile Shown: Elephant Star in Cool Motif // Design: Bee Studios // Photo: Rickie Agapito

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Tile Shown: Starburst in a custom colorway; Tusk Mini Star and Cross // Design: In Honor of Design // Photo: Rustic White Photography

For Your Kitchen Floors:
We think that our Tile, Brick or Handpainted are great options for kitchen flooring. Also, because the kitchen is far less damp than a bathroom setting, you can go for more glossy finishes and larger format sizes if you wish. The point is, you have a lot of options in an interior kitchen application.

We love how our Thin Glazed Brick looks in the kitchen below:

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Tile Shown: Glazed Thin Brick in Cascade // Design + Photo: Sarah Sherman Samuel 

For Your Entryway or Mudroom:
Your entryway or mudroom can be an area that sees a lot of traffic and can also get wet (depending on where you live). We suggest going with a small to medium sized tile in a gloss or matte finish. Since it is bound to get dirty, we recommend choosing a stain resistant grout so that you're not cleaning it all the time. 

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Tile Shown: Mini Star and Cross in Salton Sea and Daisy // Design + Photo: Tiffany Weiss Interior Design 

A matte finish, like the one below, paired with a grey grout is ideal for an entryway:

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Tile Shown: Wave in a custom color in The Perennial's entryway. For a look like this try our glaze Antique!

Commercial flooring: 
For commercial flooring, which generally has very heavy traffic, we're always going to recommend our Recycled Clay Body (which is our most durable ceramic material). If you have questions about commercial flooring, just contact us here

If your project is in an area where there is rainfall is regularly occurring, we can add custom abrasive to your glaze choices for extra slip resistance. Cosube Surf in Portland opted for matte colors in our specialty shape Hexite, with abrasive: 

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Tile Shown: Hexites in Flagstone, Iron Ore, Magnetite and Tidewater // Design: Goldenrule Design and Emily Katz

A similar abrasive was used on the entryway of The Assembly in San Francisco along with matte glazes Sunflower and Feldspar:

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Tile Shown: Paseo in Sunflower and Feldspar // Design: Sara and Rich Combs // Photo: Margaret Austin 

Like any of the featured colors? Order samples online now. Need some help? Simply call, chat, or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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