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Bathroom Countertops: Choosing the Best Tile

Posted by Daltile Team on Sep 10, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Photo features Coastal Keystones Treasure Island random mosaic on shower walls.Photo features Coastal Keystones Treasure Island 2 x 1 Straight-Joint Mosaic on backsplash and countertop.


Tiled countertops can add a unique look to your bathroom. If you've recently updated your backsplash, shower, or tub surround with new tile, a coordinating look on the bathroom countertops will bring the room together and improve the flow of your design. Long-lasting and easy to maintain, tiled countertops can also be quickly repaired by simply replacing one cracked or chipped tile. Here are some tips on how to select the best tile for countertops.

Select the Best Countertop Tile with These Tips

Although larger tiles can minimize grout lines, smaller sizes (6 x 6 inches or less) work best for bathroom countertops. Additionally, ceramic tiles that are rated for countertop usage will typically be glazed for added stain resistance. In terms of practicality, you'll also want to choose a smoother tile and place tiles close together to achieve thinner grout lines. This will create a functional, streamlined countertop tile surface.

Add Effortless Style with Modern Glass Tile

In addition to ceramic and porcelain tiles, glass mosaic tile sets the stage for a beautiful bathroom countertop. Mosaics provide a great deal of design flexibility and come in a variety of modern colors. A glass and ceramic mosaic pattern such as Coastal Keystones can be used throughout your bathroom to add a touch of sparkle. Rather than searching for a separate countertop material, simply extend your backsplash down over the sink area with this beautiful mosaic. The result is a modern, consistent design. Choose from a contemporary linear pattern for a cutting-edge bathroom design, or go with a brick-joint pattern for a more traditionally styled space.

Increase Sophistication with a Matte Finish

If you tend to shy away from bold and bright colors, a more subdued tile finish may work best for you. With a modern, yet neutral color scheme, the fashionable Matte series gives you a quieter, more sophisticated tile countertop. Intentionally designed with glaze, these petite 3 x 6 tiles make a modern statement with their simple, functional design.

Brighten Your Kids' Bathroom with Glossy Tile

Designing a bathroom for kids often means going beyond basic white or neutral shades. Why not add whimsical colors to transform your bathroom and give it a more cheerful vibe? Choose from bright yellow, purple, green, or blue ceramic tile, and match it with colorful wall paint, artwork, and accessories. The Semi-Gloss and Semi-Gloss Color Trends lines in particular offer durable colored tiles to help you extend vibrant shades of color throughout your kids' bathroom. Plus, tile countertops give you kid-friendly benefits, including the ability to easily wipe up toothpaste and other spills around your sink area.

Ceramic, porcelain, and glass tiles offer an endless amount of design possibilities for your bathroom. Mix and match colors, incorporate linear shapes, or add accent pieces to create a unique countertop that complements the rest of your bathroom design. Choose your new countertop material today by visiting a Daltile retail dealer and taking a look at the latest colors and styles in stock.

Topics: Trends, Stone, Countertop

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