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Choosing The Best Bathroom Tiles

Updated on April 26, 2013

The bathroom is a place for recluse and needs to de designed for a relaxing time in there. Apart from the basic fittings and the accessories and the importance to details one of the foremost important aspects in the bathroom design is the tiling. Choosing the tiles for a bathroom seems to be a very easy thing to do!! Just see what colour and design you like and get the tiling done!! But on further use it becomes quite apparent that you made the wrong choice.

So before buying the bathroom tiles get some basic knowledge about the various types of tiles, the various styles designs and the individual pros and cons of the specific tile (any item that you choose to buy).

water effect wall tiles
water effect wall tiles | Source
Colourful collage of bathroom tiles
Colourful collage of bathroom tiles | Source
Stone textured tiles with border tiles
Stone textured tiles with border tiles | Source
Floor tiles
Floor tiles | Source
laminated bathroom flooring
laminated bathroom flooring

The Best Type Of Tiles For The Bathroom

Ceramic bathroom tiles:
The ceramic tiles are the best when they are used for bathrooms flooring. Though sometimes the sizes of these tiles are uneven they are easy to clean and they do not harbour any germs. The ceramic tiles look good and are highly versatile, they are extremely durable, easy to install; and cheap as compared to the counterparts.

Mosaic bathroom tiles:
The mosaic bathroom tiles look extremely beautiful and provide you with a lot of options and design variety. Setting up a mosaic design in the bathroom is nothing less than an art and you will need an expert to do the job for you thus prove to be costly. Moreover with mosaics in your bathroom it will become difficult to maintain them. It is however good if the mosaics are used in certain areas mixed with other tiles for a great look and appeal.

Stone bathroom tiles:
There are various types of stone tile available and hence a great variety and plethora of designs to choose from. The stone tiles are good to use and do not look so worn out easy, they can take a lot of wear and look fantastic for a long time. The stone bathroom tiles are available in various types of stone (natural as well as manmade) and also in various types of textures, finishes and surfaces. Some good quality stone can be a bit expensive and once laid it is also hard and cold to the feet. The stone tiles are also generally heavy and need similarly strong construction and subfloor to hold on tightly and look great.

Porcelain bathroom tiles:
The porcelain bathroom tiles are the cousin of the ceramic tile. You can find a great variety in these tiles and it leaves a great choice for the designer to choose from. They are extremely tough and durable. The porcelain tiles are very popular in homes as well as commercial set ups. These tiles however care not as easy to install as the ceramic tiles and require an expert. You cannot do a DIY for them.

Laminate flooring:
Laminate flooring is very easy to install and has a very durable quality. The laminate surface is easy to clean and has a wear layer above a design layer beneath. The wear layer protects the layer beneath from any wear thus keeping the design and styling intact for a long time. It has a great finishing and looks very neat and modern in the bathrooms.

Types Decorative highlight tiles to design great interiors.

Strip border tiles- these are rectangular tiles that have great designs and can be used in contrast as well as matching colours to create decorative borders in your bathroom.

Single highlight tile- A single highlight tile is one single bigger or same sized tile that has a distinct design – kind of an artwork that is fitting at a prime location in the bathroom amongst the tiles. It works just like a photo frame on the wall and becomes an element of accent in the bathroom and attracts attention.

Decorative mosaic pieces to be inset amongst the regular tiling- a great decorative mosaic at the foot space under the sink or any such prominent place used creatively gives a very decorative highlight to the bathroom.

Insert wall tile- An insert wall tile are small tiles that are inserted in the tiling. They make the otherwise monotonous design look appealing.

Using diffrent types of tiles to highlight and create an intresting bathing area
Using diffrent types of tiles to highlight and create an intresting bathing area | Source

Bathroom flooring and bathroom tiles:

The installation of bathroom tiles is the most important. It should be done properly by an expert. The levelling has to be even and any errors in levelling will lead to accumulation of water in certain areas and you will never be able to have a completely dry bathroom.

Important things to be considered while choosing the tiles for your bathroom:

Choose the bathroom tiles considering where you want to use them, for the flooring, walls or the shower and the bath. Choose colours and sizes to mix match such that they make a good combination that is in sync with the bathroom design. You might use different types and designs of tiles at each of these places in the bathroom but they must be well coordinated, either to create a great matching or an attractive contrast. The pieces should look like a part of the same puzzle. Choose the tiles that require minimum grouting. The grout gets dirty easily so it should be sealed immediately before it accumulates any dirt or dust.

If there are any elders or disabled people in the house it is advisable to have textured tiles that give some friction and a good grip to avoid slipping. The textured surfaces will also add on to the look of the bathroom and give it a distinct and unique look.

always wear gloves and clean using a soft sponge scrubber
always wear gloves and clean using a soft sponge scrubber

How to clean and maintain the bathroom tiles:

Many people have the habit of scrubbing hard to clean various surfaces. Scrubbing too much or very forcefully can erode the tile finishing very quickly and they will soon loose lustre and look dull and worn out. It is also not very advisable to use bleach on the bathroom tiles as the bleach will reduce the shine and the tiles will soon start to look worn off.

Vinegar is one of the best options to clean the bathroom tiles. You can use it once in a while and the Vinegar will lift any of the mold formation and clean instantly without causing any abuse to the tiles. Pour vinegar in areas that have gathered mold, otherwise soak a sponge or cloth in undiluted distilled white vinegar and wipe the floor. Then wash clean with water. For daily cleaning mild detergents and a soft sponge to scrub will be sufficient. Daily cleaning will reduce the mold built up and keep the bathroom tiles looking new for a very long time.
Avoid dropping heavy object or shifting heavy furniture or vanity units by dragging them, this will leave irreversible and non repairable scratches on the floor tiles.


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    • ryanjhoe profile image

      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Thanks for posting this article. It is very helpful because I'm just about to renew my bathroom. Voted up!

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      Tileclick 4 years ago from Liphook, Hants

      Thanks for such an informative article, in our experience people can and do make the wrong tile choices in the bathroom and the affects of this can make life very difficult. The point about making sure the floor is not slippery is a very important one. I wrote an article yesterday about how ceramic tiles are made, I thought it might be of interest to you.

      Thanks again :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Carrie. I will definitely be showing this to my husband as we can't agree on what to put on the floor. I want tiles, he wants linoleum. Hopefully this will convince him.

      Also thanks for the vinegar tip.

      Great hub. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi katzzz! thanks! As ive read various cleaning hubs here and applied some of the tips in my kitchen and of course the bathroom, i see vinegar has emerged out as the most popular for cleaning.

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      katyzzz 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Really useful hub carrie and the vinegar tip is just great

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi ingenira! thank you for the visit and the voteups!! yep tiles are the basic fixtures that set up a stage for designing and decorating further:)) keep visiting


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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Those tiles are beautiful. I like especially the stone textured tiles.

      Voted up and tweeted.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Eiddwen thank you so much for the visit and commenting. So happy to know that you found it usefull. Wish you a wonderful day as well.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub which I am sure many will benefit from.

      Thanks fo sharing and I wish you a wonderful day.


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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi frank!! thank you so much for taking time to go through the hub and leaving a note! - it is really appreciated.


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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      very useful and bookmark-able for future reference..Thanks for the share :)

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi pras!! yep am doing good as always!! So happy that you found this hub informative and usefull. The ceramic tiles are the most used and the best; and you can get a lot of variety to choose from!! thanks for the visit!!


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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Carrie! How are you today? I hope you always fine. You have valuable information about various bathroom tiles. I want to choose one for my new bathroom and Ceramic bathroom tiles is my favorite. Thanks for share with us. I'll bookmark this hub. Well done and rated up!


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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi MM laminate floorings are great and look quite modern!! and of course they are easy to clean so you are lucky!! But they tend to become slippery so make sure you use good slip resistant mats or bathroom rugs!! thanks for the visit and the comment.

      Enjoy your beautiful bathroom

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Carrie, a great hub, we have just redecorated our bathroom and started to panic when taking off the old tiles and most of the plaster came off with them!

      I love the stone bathroom tiles, they are beautiful.

      We went for the laminate flooring and are delighted with it.

      Great information and voting up.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hey dexter thank you for the visit!! hope you enjoy the renovation project and wishing you all the success!! design a beautiful, well equipped and a great bathroom!!

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Carrie! I am taking on the project of renovating my parents' bathrooms, so your hubs will help me out! Thanks for sharing this great information!

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi randomcreative!! Glad you enjoyed going through it and found it useful! Thank you for taking time to read and comment.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey chatkath!! I too love those old fashion tubs with the elaborate claw feet!! Sure you can get your bathroom renovated to accommodate the tub ! thanks for the visit, the comment and the vote up : ))

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      HI B malin!! Very important to know which place what tile will be suitable hence the pros and cons both are important to know while making a choice. Thank you so much for visiting and taking time to read the hub and leave a note!! Much appreciated.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey Nell!! A slippery bathroom has led to a lot of mishaps, especially for the elderly slipping in the bathroom is quite common. It can be fatal sometimes you see, so very important to keep the bathroom dry and choose tiles that give a good grip and prevent slipping!! If you already have those very smooth slippery floor tiles then a non slip bath mat and floor mat can be a good option.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks katrinasui!! Thanks for taking time to read and leave a note!! Do keep visiting : ))

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi DRBJ!! Yep vinegar is great for cleaning and removing mold!! But wiping and cleaning with a sponge will keep the mold formation and dirt gathering in check!! And you won’t have to put in much effort for the monthly cleaning spree : ))

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Such a useful topic for a hub! I love how you've broken everything down.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Love this Carrie, I want the old fashioned tub first of all, I just love these awesome bathrooms! Well done, informative hub, the vinegar is a good cleaning tip, I have tried it before and you are right. Up and awesome of course ;-)

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      This was such a Wonderful and Informative Hub Carrie, with Great pictures. I like that you gave the Pros. and Cons. of each tile...Which is so Important to know. Just because something looks good, it can sometimes be the Wrong (expense mistake) Choice. I guess we all appreciate the Vinegar Tip. Thank You.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I love the different tiles in the bathroom, never thought of that! and as you said, make sure the floor isn't to slippery, great ideas!

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      This is a very informative hub. The pictures are awesome.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      What a great tip, carrie, about using vinegar occasionally to clean bathroom tiles. That's the first I've heard of that unique advice. I lead such a sheltered life, you know,

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey hi zeko thanks a lot:)) Hope it does help anyone planning a renovation. floor and wall tiles are an important part of the bathroom.

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      iZeko 6 years ago

      Great job, Carrie! This is such an informative hub. I’m sure it would be helpful to many people.