How to Choose the Best Floor Tiles for the Bathroom

When was the last time you made any changes to your bathroom? Here’s how to choose the best flooring option when it comes to floor tiles for the bathroom.

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Listen, we get it. It’s easy to get swept up in the latest bathroom trends and decide that you just have to have it.

Which is great…until you buy floor tiles for the bathroom and realize that this style 100% does not work with your bathroom.

Don’t fall into that money trap. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about picking the right bathroom tile for you.

Before You Get Started

Before we dive into tile styles, we need to cover our bases.

The first step of redoing your bathroom isn’t a stop at Lowe’s or Home Depot. It’s a sit-down with a designer at Mid-Atlantic Tile Kitchen & Bath to discover the endless possibilities of tile, glass, stone, or countless other options  to help bring your vision to life.

Know What You’re Willing to Spend

Before you pass Go and spend $200, you have to know what you’re willing to spend on this project.

Nationwide spending on BASIC bathroom remodeling projects averages around $9,664, though the typical range runs from $5,922 – $14,044.

That’s no small chunk of change. You need to know your maximum price tag on this project, both so that you know your cutoff point and so that you know how much you’re willing to spend on each component, including tile.

Have a Style Goal in Mind

You should also have a style in mind before you start shopping around. Because there’s eclectic and then there’s power clashing with your interior decorating.

For example: are you in love with a rustic look? Or maybe something more modern?

Knowing what style you’re after will make it easier to choose floor tiles for the bathroom in accordance with that style.

Know Your Dimensions

However, once you’ve figured out your style, you should be aware of how much space you have to work with.

It seems obvious, but the measurements of your bathroom will change what kind of decorating you can get away with, especially when it comes to tiles.

This is because of the illusion of space, which is even more important when you don’t have that much space to speak of. For example, diagonal tilework or large format tile tends to be a good idea in smaller bathrooms because it creates the illusion of a larger room, as do light-colored tiles with grout that isn’t a stark contrast.

Know How Your Lighting Interacts with Tile

Finally, you also need to be aware of how the light in your bathroom interacts with the rest of the space in general (and the tile in particular).

For example: does your bathroom get any natural lighting? If it doesn’t, and you use darker colors in the tile, you can unintentionally wind up with a bathroom that looks suspiciously cave-like.

The lighting you choose will interact with your lighting scheme to create illusions of space. You can have a well-lit bathroom that’s ruined by poor tile decisions.

Don’t fall into that trap–be aware of how your lighting is laid out in the room and the role of lighting in your style of choice.

Styles of Floor Tiles for the Bathroom

Once you’ve taken all of these factors into account, it’s time to pick the right floor tiles for the bathroom.

Of course, choosing bathroom tile isn’t as straightforward as choosing the flooring for any other part of the house.

Sure, you have to consider looks, cost, and durability, but you also have to deal with one inevitable truth: the tiles will be wet much more often than every other area of the house except maybe the basement.

As such, you have to choose tiles that will age gracefully given the amount of wear they’re due to experience. Here are some of your best options.

Porcelain or Ceramic

Whatever your bathroom needs are, as a rule, porcelain or ceramic floor tiles for the bathroom are generally your best bet.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find more durable flooring than porcelain tile. Porcelain is resistant to most impact stress and is suitable for high-traffic spaces–it can even be used in commercial environments.

The density of porcelain also means that it’s less porous than other ceramics, which makes it liquid and stain resistant. In fact, if properly installed, porcelain tile can work well for decades.

One major drawback, however, is that porcelain tile tends to be a pricier option. This is due to the material itself and increased by the cost of installation.

Keep in mind, though, how long porcelain lasts–it pays off the investment within a few years.

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) has been a popular option, and with good reason. The newer LVT, which is waterproof,  makes it a great option for children’s bathrooms, laundry rooms or kitchens.

Plus, depending on the size of your bathroom, you can have a limited number of seams, which makes it even better at keeping out water.

Thanks to the popularity of LVT, it’s widely available in a variety of styles, and it’s fairly straightforward to install yourself. The strength LVT lies in the pvc base, the floor won’t keep water out, but the water will not damage the procudt

Natural Stone

Finally, there’s natural stone. If you want something aesthetically pleasing with a wide variety of color and texture options, you can’t do much better than natural stone.

Plus, it adds resale value to your home, which will pay off down the road.

However, natural stone is by far the most expensive option of the three. This is both because of the initial installation cost and because these tiles have to be well-maintained and sealed in order to retain value.

Choosing the Right Tile for You

Ready to begin bathroom tiling? We’re here to make the whole process easier.

For more bathroom remodeling ideas, check out these five beautiful bathroom shower design ideas for the new year.

If you’re ready to get started, we’re here to help. Our showroom is one of Frederick’s largest, and our staff is knowledgeable, so you know you’re in good hands.

Ready to get started on a project? Get in touch with us today!