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Tile School: How to Choose Your Floor Tile

Posted by: Kali • Feb 15

Tile School: How to Choose Your Floor Tile

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 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 absolutley stil use a gloss finish if you like, just consider a bath mat for the areas that will get the most damp.

Hexagons are a great choice for bathroom floors. A smaller size (such as a 3" or 4") is great for flooring, as the grout joints will lend themselves to more grip for your feet.

Tile Shown: 4" Hexagons in Daisy, Dolomite and Halite; Image: Apartment 34

In the shower pan, definitely scale down. 2x2s are a great option for a shower floor, as you can see below:

Tile Shown: 2x8s in Slate Blue and 2x2s in Shale.

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 Mini-Star and Cross: 

Tile Shown: Mini Star and Cross in Adriatic Sea; Image: Justina Blakeney

And last but not least, we love the look of Handpainted flooring, in any application.

Tile Shown: Murietta in a custom colorway, try our COLOR-IT Tool for your own customized handpainted tiles.

For Your Kitchen Floors:
We think that our Tile, Brick or Handpainted are best suited 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 a kitchen application.

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

Tile Shown: Brick in Cotton and Galaxy.

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 darker grout or a stain resistant grout so that you're not cleaning it all the time. Doing an outdoor entryway? Stick to our Recycled Clay Body or Brick, which are suitable for outdoor installation.

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

Tile Shown: Waves 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 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 occuring, we can add abrasive to your glaze choices for extra slip resistance. Cosube Surf in Portland opted for matte colors in our specialty shape Hexite, with abrasive: 

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

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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