Bathroom Tile: What Works

The right tile improves the style of your bathroom. Learn the pros and cons of different tiles, then pick the perfect one for your space.

Marble

RMSer BelleInteriors designs a serene bathroom with a palette of spring green and yellow. Black marble contrasts well with the color scheme and bright white trim. One of the best qualities of marble is that it has a beautiful, unique look, but like most stone tiles, it requires sealing and regular cleaning.

Ceramic

Designer Andreas Charalambous creates a spa-inspired shower with ceramic mosaic tiles. Ceramic is perfect for the bathroom since it's easy to clean, durable and inexpensive.

Slate

RMSer InspiredGuys creates a backsplash with a mixture of slate and glass tiles, which is the perfect backdrop for the elegant waterfall faucet. Slate is known for its beauty and longevity, but is soft so it has a tendency to split.

Porcelain

RMSer ruggled converts a 1970s bathroom into an Asian-inspired getaway, featuring a soaking tub, steam shower and a beautiful new floor made of 16x16 porcelain tiles. Porcelain tile, a type of ceramic tile, is durable and comes in a variety of colors and textures, but make sure to ask the manufacturer about the correct setting material, since it requires a different one than normal ceramics.

Glass

Designer Shelly Riehl David uses multicolored glass tiles to create interest on the walls. Glass tile is a beautiful option for adding color and style to a bathroom, but is one of the more expensive options.

From: Shelly Riehl David

Terra Cotta

RMSer Leanne Michael Interiors adds a Spanish influence to a bathroom with Saltillo tile and a hand-painted Talavera sink. Terra-cotta tile is one of the oldest tile materials and lasts a long time when well-made.

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