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Finding the Best Bathroom Tiles for Your Needs

Posted by Daltile Team on Jul 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Tile is one of the best materials for bathroom design because it's resistant to moisture and easy to maintain. However, even in the world of tile, some choices are better suited for bathrooms than others. If you're looking for perfect bathroom tiles, here are some of the best choices.

Opulence in Opal on the wall

Anchor Your Style with the Right Floor Tiles

Floor tiles are the base layer of any bathroom and provide functionality and beauty. Neutral colors often work best on floors because they don't attract too much attention. Porcelain is known for its easy maintenance, long-lasting qualities, and exceptional water resistance, which is important for a bathroom floor.

With new digital imaging technology and expanded size availability, today's porcelain tiles can mimic the look of products that typically don't work well in the bathroom, including hardwood and marble. For instance, if you love the look of travertine, which is a hot trend right now in bathrooms, take a look at Brixton, a ceramic tile that masters the ageless appeal of natural stone. Available in a variety of modern sizes and shapes, this tile adds texture and beauty to your bathroom floor. The mesh-backed mosaics are also perfect for shower floors, allowing you to achieve design continuity throughout your bathroom space.

Continental Slate in Egyptian Beige custom mosaic on the floor

Pick the Best Backsplash Material

In addition to tile flooring, bathroom walls also need to be protected from splashes, steam, and spills. Glass tiles that are equipped to handle daily contact with water are an excellent choice in a bathroom. On top of adding subtle beauty, a glass tile backsplash offers protection against water and shower steam. Glass tiles add radiance and iridescence, which work to enhance the natural light that flows through your bathroom. One stunning option is Caprice. Rich color and linear patterns add a subtle sense of movement to your bathroom space, creating a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere. Choose brighter blues or calmer grays to achieve the overall look you desire.

Finish Your Shower or Tub Surround

You can choose to coordinate your shower tile with your bathroom flooring or backsplash, or you can make your shower stand out with tile. Accent tiles also work well in the shower to accentuate a modern design. For an ultracontemporary look, consider Diamante, which offers a modern twist to the look of concrete. Available in cutting-edge colors and sizes, this line allows you to design a shower that infuses old, new, and superb functionality.

Great bathroom tiles handle moisture with grace and ease. With so many styles available, ranging from those that look like old-world stone, to cool, crisp, modern large-format tiles, your basic bathroom can be transformed into a functional, yet luxurious haven.

Check manufacturer recommendations to ensure selection of tile rated for bathroom application.

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