Aside from installing flooring in your bathroom, perhaps the second most significant influence on the look and feel of your bathroom is the wall tiles in your bathroom. And just like choosing the right ceramic tiles for your bathroom walls, choosing the right tiles for your shower are the just as important.
Should your Bathroom tiles and Shower Tiles all be the same?
Most people will choose the same type of bathroom tiles as they do for the shower. This gives the look and feel of the room as though it is one continuous room with no break up. However, did you know that you can mix it up a little and add a little more color in one part without taking away much from the room on the whole? You can...and should. The key is to stay in the same color hues but not the exact same color.
There is another more practical reason to using different bathroom tiles. Glazed ceramic tiles work better for the walls than the floors because they can be slick when wet. Porcelain tiles are great because they are so durable and can last years of wear and tear and are unlikely to fade.
One simple trick to making your shower look bigger is to use ceramic tiles that are bigger in size. This works well as long as your shower isn't too small. The best thing to do is to find the biggest shower wall tiles that will look right with the size of your shower.
Another factor to consider is where the plumbing valves will be in conjunction with the tiles. This is especially important if you are choosing to install tiles are decorative in nature. There is nothing that will break up your design than to have a shower head or knob smack in the middle of it!
You can also mix different styles to create a pattern but you really need to match the ceramic tiles in terms of size. If you are having your bathroom redone professionally, you should check with the contractor to make sure that your vision matches the parts you have chosen.
Questions to ask when laying the shower wall tile
In addition to choosing what type of tile you want and the actual design of the tile, there are other questions you should ask yourself (or the contractor, if you are doing it via a professional)..
Are you planning on running it all the way up the shower wall or are you going to give a little space for the wall to show?
Will your shower tile be in square format or placed in a diagonal position along the wall?
Do you want an accent row positioned and where?
How much grout spacing inbetween tiles do you want?
How about the pitch between the shower walls and the shower floor?
Remodeling your bathroom can be fun or it could be an absolute DIY nightmare. Choosing the right shower wall tiles and have a plan that is workable with enough foresight into what you envision are all important steps to creating the bathroom of your dreams.
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