Bathroom Tile Ideas: Tips for Choosing the Best Tile Combinations

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When it comes to choosing bathroom tile, the number of options can make anyone feel overwhelmed!

Between patterns, colors, textures and how your tile choices will interact with paint in your bathroom – it’s enough to have anyone running for the hills. If you’re feeling lost and confused, try these bathroom tile ideas to help make the process a little easier.

  • Choose your favorite tile first – We usually all have something in mind when we start a new project. Whether it’s an accent tile you fell in love with online or knowing you’ve always wanted a bathroom with subway tiles. Start with this tile first – then we can build upon the scheme from there.
  • Stick with three tile choices – Unless you’re feeling very adventurous, the general rule with tile is to have three different tiles in one space. A floor tile, a wall tile for the shower/tub surround or even all of the walls in your bathroom, and an accent tile that will be used as a focal point. Now take your favorite tile and decide where you need to go next. If you choose a simple white subway tile, you may need to look for something with a bit more visual interest (a pop of color, a texture or pattern…). If you choose a busy design, try pulling a subtle color that will really allow the design to take center stage, without competing.
  • Only one showstopper – Keep your bathroom looking timeless and go with one main splash. Design can start feeling busy when there is more than one showstopper trying to compete. This is the perfect place to show off your personality, be it a large or small detail.
  • Size matters – It’s important to think about things like the size of tiles. Large tiles can be a pain to initially lay, but they use considerably less grout, which means large tile is more waterproof. If you’d like a greater visual impact, small tiles may be the best option, but they are more work to lay and grout. If you can, leave this type of tile to the experts!
  • Don’t forget about maintenance – Don’t kick yourself later because you installed a glass tile on the floor, thus creating a slippery surface every time it gets wet – eek! I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand cleaning the shower. If you’re like me, try choosing a porcelain or ceramic tile, as they are virtually mess free. If you are choosing tile for a guest bathroom or something that won’t be used often. You can explore natural stone, but note that this material is more porous and thus holds onto dirt and grim.