Contemporary Bathroom tiles Design Ideas
Ceramic: This is a great choice for any area that’s exposed to moisture (bathrooms and kitchens), outside elements (entryways and patios), or a lot of foot traffic. It’s a highly durable material and typically treated with an abrasive to prevent slips, making it well suited to be a floor tile. While ceramic tile is definitely a pricier option, it will wear extremely well, with no fading and high resistance to tread wear. Just make sure there are no flaws in the glaze, and if they are unglazed you’ll need to seal them so they become stain resistant.
Porcelain: Porcelain is often chosen as a tile material because like it’s extremely dense, very hard and resistant to wear and moisture (even more so than ceramic). Porcelain tiles make excellent flooring, and can be designed to imitate other natural materials to allow for all sorts of non-traditional designs in bathroom and kitchens. (For example, putting hardwood in a bathroom is not recommended, but using tile that looks like wood can help you achieve the same look with little to no maintenance). Make sure that porcelain tiles are rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute. Rating range from one to five, with one and two being strictly for walls and countertops, and three to five for floors.
Glass: The smooth, glossy finish of glass tile makes it ideal to accent any space. It’s extremely watertight, so water or moisture permeating the surface is not an issue. It also doesn’t stain, fade or scratch easily, so it works well as kitchen backsplash tile or shower tile. Glass is also weatherproof, making it the perfect pool tile. Glass is often a recycled or reclaimed material, so if you’re environmentally conscious this may be the way to go.
Granite, Marble, Slate and Other Natural Stone: These tiles are extremely durable and hard. They are more on the expensive side, and often require some type of treatment to seal and/or maintain them, so be aware of what’s involved before purchasing them.