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How to Take Charge of Your Shower Floor Tile

Posted by Daltile Team on Jun 27, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Stone A' La Mod in Block Random Polished Uptown Blend

When your contractor tells you to pick out tile for your shower floor, at first it seems simple. Just pick out bathroom tile that is 4 x 4 or less. That classic 4 x 4 square of tile does the job, but it’s also a bit dated. If you want to go for something a little more of the now, it’s time to take charge.

The world of little tiles is vast and there are enough shower-worthy options that you can turn your shower vision into a reality.

Stick to Square

Even though 4 x 4 might be a thing of the past for the shower, you can update the look with a smaller size square tile. Classic 1 x 1 mosaic looks great on the shower floor and gives you that contemporary look in your favorite patterns and color schemes.

2 x 2 shower tiles are not as readily available as the 1 x 1s, but they are a great replacement for 4 x 4s. Their smaller size is ideal for the shower floor. These tiles don’t require as much grout as the smaller 1 x 1s but offer the same design flexibility.

Keystones in Almond and Cityline Kohl 2 x 2

Opt for Rectangles

Square tiles are a no-brainer for the bathroom, especially in small spaces like the shower. But if you want something a little different, rectangular tiles are a popular choice. You’ll see rectangles everywhere in tile design right now.

Take inspiration from large format rectangular tiles or the subway tile craze for your shower floor. 1 x 2 mosaic tiles can be placed in a grid or a brickjoint pattern. 2 x 4 tiles replicate subway tile on a smaller scale.
  Keystones in Almond and Cityline Kohl 2 x 2.

Try Random Mosaic

If you can’t quite decide between square or rectangle, or you really want something different, the random mosaic is the perfect fit for you. This pattern uses 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 squares, as well as 1 x 2 rectangles placed both horizontally and vertically in a random pattern.

The movement in this pattern is enough to enliven your shower but isn’t so busy it is overwhelming. Choose a neutral color scheme to further harmonize your design.

Choose Shapes

Add some life to your shower floor with a shaped tile. Hexagons come in 1 x 1 or 2 x 2 sizes. They mirror classic mosaic designs but with incorporate a flair that make your shower worthy of a second glance.

Diamonds are another mosaic size tile that gives your shower a little something extra. Some designs have several colors in their patterns for a harlequin look.

Kimona Silk in Chai Tea 2 x 24

Design with Linear

Linear tiles take the rectangle and make it extreme. This ultra-contemporary look is very versatile. You can create a sense of stripes or just give your tile some movement and interest. Linear tiles start in measurements of less than an inch to two inches by six to 24 inches.

Scatter the Look of Pebbles

Pebbles are a natural fit for the shower. These come mounted on mesh for easy installation and a random feel. They are smooth-surfaced rather than raised but add an organic flair to your spa-inspired design.

As with any tile that will be in wet conditions, be sure to check manufacturer recommendations before deciding on a tile.


Shower floor tile deserves as much thought as any other floor in your home. Don’t agree to a simple 4 x 4 tile just because it’s convenient. Put some design on the shower floor with a unique tile that adds to your overall design. Discover the perfect tile for your shower today.

Topics: Remodel, Redesign, Bathroom Tile Ideas, Mosaic

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