Choosing The Right Bathroom Tile

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Choosing the right tile for your bathroom can be daunting. It may seem like an overwhelming experience with the endless choice of colour, sizes, styles and shapes. With a bit of consideration and our expert advice, you will be have the perfect tile in no time.


Do Your Homework

It’s important to understand what you’re purchasing when you choose a tile. Understanding the difference between different tiles will inform your decision.


Ceramic Tiles:
Ceramic tiles are the perfect tile surface for moisture prone areas like bathrooms and kitchens. They are typically made with red, brown and white clay that is fired in a kiln and finished with a durable glaze which create the colour and pattern on the tile. This glaze makes the tile dense and non-porous which gives the characteristic of stain, fire and slip resistant. Ceramic tiles are suitable to bathrooms with low-moderate foot traffic as they can be prone to wear and chipping. They tend to have a high water absorption rate, making the tile resistant to water penetration. Ceramic tiles come in matt, gloss, satin and polish finishes. Being easy to clean and long lasting, they are one of the most popular products on the market.


Porcelain Tiles:
If your bathroom has high foot traffic, a porcelain tile might be the better option for you. Porcelain tiles offer strong advantages. The full body of a porcelain tile carries colour and pattern through the entire thickness of the tile making them a much harder and denser tile. Porcelain floor tiles are a hard wearing surface that is resistant to stain, wear and tear.


Stone Tiles:
If you’re wanting to have a natural stone for your tile, there are a wealth of options. The most commonly used are marble, limestone, travertine, slate and granite. See our previous blog post for more in depth information about these specific stones. It is important to note that natural stones are porous, meaning they are prone to absorbing water, lubricants and stains. To prevent this you can seal your stone. Sealing helps create a barrier between water and the stone to prevent liquids absorbing into the surface and ensures longevity. The beauty of natural stone is that no tile will be the same as the other, so you can get a really unique look. It’s important that you steer clear of bleaches or harsh chemicals on natural stone.


Mosaic Tiles:
Mosaic tiles are a stand out option in which you can create uniques feature walls in your bathroom. There are endless options in colour, style and size. Mosaic tiles are beautiful, but there is no denying that they tend to be quite slippery when wet. Ensure you check the slip rating on your tile if you use mosaic tiles on the floor.


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Slip Wear Ratings

The most important thing to consider when choosing a tile in a wet area is the slip wear rating. You want to make sure you choose a tile with a high slip rating. Tiles are put through a frictional characteristic of the surface to detect what is best suited for different environmental conditions.


Choosing The Size Of Your Tile

When deciding what tile you buy, it’s important to consider the size of the room. Large tiles look great on both the walls and floors to give the bathroom a seamless finish. However, if you have a smaller bathroom, we suggest implementing a feature wall, for example, mosaic tiles.



Choosing the colour of your tile is probably the most exciting part of buying tiles. As a rule of thumb, colour plays an important role in projecting a warm and inviting ambiance or a cool tranquil retreat.

Neutral colours are great for keeping the design simple and timeless, they can also make smaller spaces feel more open.

Darker colours are great for hiding traces of dirt, but they can tend to make spaces feel smaller, so go easy on the darker tiles.

Choosing a colour is where you can incorporate your personality, have fun with choosing your colours!


Take A Sample Home

This one we cannot stress enough – take a sample tile home! Even if you think you’re set on a tile, it’s always in your best interest to take a sample home and see what it looks like within the space. Lighting and room space will change the way the tile looks in comparison to when you look at it in the shop. We highly recommend taking a sample home to test it out.

Hopefully, with these tips, you can select the best tile for your bathroom!

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