Which tiles are best for bathroom ? ( full guide )

With all the materials, colors, and formats that exist, how do you til your bathroom? Here are some tiling tips and ideas for the bathroom!

It can be found on social networks, or on all magazine photos. It makes the personality of the most beautiful bathrooms! With modern materials, colors and formats, tiling on the wall and on the floor is the trend of the moment. The bathroom has undoubtedly become a room where you can spend time to take care of yourself and relax. But which tile to choose for the bathroom? How to give character to your bathroom and create a true haven of comfort? Here are some tiling tips and ideas for the bathroom!

What material for the bathroom tiles?

In a room as humid as the bathroom, we all want a wall and floor covering that lasts! The first criterion for choosing your bathroom tile will be whether it will be installed on the floor and / or on the walls. Indeed, the tiles that are laid on the floor can be used for the walls, but the reverse is not true. The bathroom materials used for wall tiles are often too fragile to be laid on the floor. However, don’t worry, the choice of materials for this coating remains very varied for the bathroom!

Wall tiles for the bathroom

This fine ceramic coated with enamel is the most common on bathroom walls. With its finishing profiles, dimensions, friezes and ultra-varied listellas, wall tiles offer a bathroom natural atmosphere , colorful, zen, retro, or design side.

Mosaic bathroom tile

Another solution, ideal for decoration lovers: the mosaic, which is a glass paste tile, to be installed with a nylon mesh support, the mosaic is a real decorative ally for bathroom tiles. It offers an infinite range of colors and graphics to complete on the walls a style of porcelain stoneware or earthenware tiles. In small touches or on larger areas of the bathroom, the mosaic enhances the style of the bathroom and brings a truly original signature to the spaces.

Note, however, that in the long run the mosaic is not as easy to maintain as a porcelain stoneware or earthenware tile. While first prices exist, the most luxurious models require a larger budget.

Earthenware bathroom tiles

Traditionally the most common solution in bathrooms, earthenware is made from terracotta, clay. Easy to maintain, to install, it also offers a wide range of choices in terms of styles and colors. The format and aesthetics proposed by the manufacturers have been able to renew themselves to “break” a little the “old-fashioned” image of earthenware and it is now possible to opt for this type of bathroom tiles in the context of ‘a contemporary and designer bathroom project.

Note however, if earthenware remains the cheapest offer for bathroom coverings, the latter remains more delicate than porcelain stoneware (risk of shine in the event of an impact).

Porcelain stoneware bathroom tiles

Extremely resistant, porcelain stoneware is a quality tile for the bathroom! It can provide a colorful, enameled, with or without relief, imitation wood, concrete, natural stones. Unlike earthenware, porcelain stoneware tiles can be installed on the wall as well as on the floor.

Natural stone bathroom tiles

Slate, marble, raw … Natural stone is increasingly entering bathrooms. With its aesthetic qualities and its great strength, this stone allows you to cover the walls of your bathroom by adding a beautiful touch of nature.

Cement tile bathroom tiles

Very fashionable, cement tiles find their place perfectly in original bathrooms with a unique graphic style.

Wall and floor tiles: what atmosphere for your bathroom?

The tiling is available to infinity to adapt to all bathroom environments! To create a trendy and original bathroom decoration, you can of course combine different tiles by mixing for example:
● wood effect tiles combined with cement tile effect tiles;
● concrete-look tiling for the floor with mosaic in the shower;
● earthenware wall tiles to porcelain stoneware floor tiles.

Nothing also prevents you from associating your tiling with a style! Each tile for the bathroom has its own ambiance:

● Majolica tiling in vintage style to give an authentic and trendy style to its bathroom.

● Jungle tiles with an exotic style to offer color and freshness.

Tempera tiles to bring warmth and authenticity to the decor with a classic chic style.

How to choose the color of your bathroom tiles?

We say that the bathroom is the playground of creatives … However, we do not change tiles every year, so the rule is to choose a shade that we are sure!

Depending on the size of the room, dark tiles tend to make a room more narrow. So for the tiling of a small bathroom, we prefer light, neutral or uniform shades to visually enlarge the space, especially when combined with horizontal installation! As for the color of the tiles in a large bathroom, the warm tones offer a cocooning sensation, and the cold tones an energizing effect.

Associated with a wooden or marble decoration, black brings a unique and very trendy effect! But white remains a must for a refined bathroom decoration. Be careful, however, not to opt for colors that are too cold, which can quickly give an impression of confinement. For an open, south-facing bathroom, on the other hand, cool hues are a breath of freshness and space. If you want to bring color into the decor, blue and green are trendy and easy to get along with. And to coordinate the floor and wall tiles, we will opt for the darkest shade on the walls.

What size of tile for your bathroom tile?

Mosaic, standard tiles, large tiles … Beyond the design, the size of the bathroom tiles largely matters in the choice of the latter! Although we often tend to think that small tiles are suitable for small bathrooms and XXL tiles for large ones, it is ultimately only a matter of taste.

A preference for contemporary and refined atmospheres? Large bathroom tiles, from 60 × 60 cm, are ideal! Note that large tiles enlarge the spaces, simplify maintenance and cleaning. On the other hand, if you like the classic style, a small or large format tile will match your bathroom without worry.

We can also dare to be more fancy, by opting for sophisticated and original styles of pose! There are indeed a multitude of layouts for the installation of its tiling. Among them, we find in particular:


straight installation: classic and rectilinear, the tiles have the same shape and the same dimension, with a right angle alignment.
diagonal laying: thanks to an optical illusion, the diagonal tiles visually enlarge the space.
the installation of upset joints or staggered installation: for a vintage feel, each line of tiles is offset with one another.
Roman opus laying: this irregular laying pattern combines different tile formats.
English installation: parallel to each other, the tiles are not all the same length.
French laying: unlike English laying, the goal here is to alternate different tile widths between each successive row.
installation in broken sticks: a real charming asset, this installation is similar to parquet.
Hungarian stitch laying: characterized by its herringbone patterns connected at a 45 ° bevel.

To make the most pragmatic choice possible, you should always consider the brightness of the room, the style of the furniture and the color of the tiles.

What tiles for a tiled shower on the floor?

Tiles can cover floors and walls even in the shower! No more slips and bad falls, the non-slip tiles offer all the comfort and safety you need in a walk-in shower. We will also favor frosted tiles with rough and granular textures, rather than smooth tiles. Thanks to its demarcations of joints, the mosaic is often recommended in shower floor tiles because they reduce this slippery effect.
To give the impression of extending the bathroom, thanks to the shower, the grooved floor tiles play along the length and provide intense depth. If you want to gain in brightness, you will opt for neutral colors such as white or the wood effect. In order to accentuate a Zen and natural side, a natural stone covering is best suited. Thanks to its neutral character, it gives its tiled shower to the floor a timeless and naturally non-slip effect!

How to choose the color of bathroom gaskets?

Tiles in warm colors, warm joints. Tiles in cold colors, cold joints! So if the bathroom has contemporary-looking tiles, large formats and small joints, we prefer tone on tone. Indeed, white or gray clogs up quite easily, while a tone-on-tone seal of the same color as the tile will bring unity. As for the wall, if the tiles are laid in continuity with the floor, the same joint can be used.

For traditional ceramic tiles, everything will depend on the situations and the decorative effect you want to achieve. Pink or red joints, for example, go wonderfully with pastel tones, while blue joints go very well with purple.
Choose a color of bathroom grout according to the desired effect! On imitation marble or stone tiles, we will bet on discretion with a melted effect. And for a trompe l’oeil parquet floor, make sure to install fine tile joints close to the color of the boards.
An easy-to-maintain tile, does it exist?

Tiling is one of the most suitable bathroom coverings, because it is very hygienic. But you still have to choose durable and quality materials! We will therefore opt for tiles that are easy to maintain: porcelain stoneware, stretched stoneware, earthenware … As for the color, we prefer broken tones to white, tending towards “sand” or gray. As a general rule of thumb, the darker the tile, the easier to maintain bathroom tile will be. However, be careful with black, which is quite difficult to clean.

To clean and sanitize your tiles, white vinegar and baking soda work miracles! While one eliminates, disinfects and decreases, the other plays its role of anti-lime and natural fungicide. Here is a simple tip for cleaning your tiles:


● Take a 1 liter bucket of hot water;
● Dilute 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar;
● Mix everything, rub, and rinse!

Bathroom tiles: How to create your style?

Once you have chosen your type of bathroom tile, you still have to find the style you want to give to your bathroom … Composing with the different types of tiles, colors and materials is not to be ruled out for make a success of a successful development!

Timeless Offbeat Style: With a range of large-format white wall and floor tiles, and furniture with a very strong black design, from the washbasins to the taps.

Authentic Vintage Style: With the use of beautiful wood-look porcelain stoneware tiles on the wall, the mottled furniture will complete this authentic style.

Zen style: We will favor concrete imitation tiles and raw wood, and choices of neutral colors of beige, brown or forest green, the natural Zen effect will be assured.

Pop Style: With flashy colored tiles, the bathroom is transformed into a place full of vitamins. Combined with large-sized porcelain stoneware tiles with two vibrant acidulous colors, the pop effect is guaranteed! Be careful, never combine more than three colors, at the risk of breaking the harmony of the style.

Contemporary Style: We can dare almost anything! Floor to ceiling imitation waxed concrete tiles, with a few touches of bright colors, why not dare a touch of carmine red, accompanied by designer furniture

Bathroom tiles: How resistant?

An ultra-decorative bathroom is good, but a resistant and safe bathroom is even better. Once again, the choice of your tiling will determine the resistance, safety and comfort of your bathroom. Several standards exist to classify tiles according to their resistance to the various events of everyday life. The most complete standard is the classification Wear, Punching, Water resistance, resistance to Chemical agents (UPEC): Each letter is rated from 1 to 4 (1 being the lowest rating). Regarding general resistance, the PEI standard defines resistance to abrasion due to passage, it gives a classification from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest score). The MOHS scale: it defines the degree of scratch resistance, it gives a rating from 1 to 10 (10 representing very good resistance).

Finally, a very important standard for bathroom tiles, the ABC standard defines barefoot grip, with a score ranging from A to C (C representing strong grip). Choosing a tile displaying a good ranking in its standards is the pledge of a successful choice in the long term. Do not forget that because of its longevity, your tiling requires a lot of thought! If in doubt, bathroom design professionals can always give you the best advice.

Questions and Answers ?

What tiles to choose for small bathrooms? 

The standard size of a bathroom is from 3.5m2 to 5m2, this means that in this small area as we know we have to be able to distribute a toilet, a shower and a sink.

Once we have the chosen distribution we can start thinking about which tiles we are going to use to decorate this space.

Today the possibilities are almost endless. Of course, there are certain aspects to consider.

  1. Formats : For small bathrooms, the formats, especially the floor, have to be chosen with their placement in mind. If the bathroom has a floor area of ​​2m long by 2m wide, we should not choose a tile that is 120cmx120cm because the joints would not be well centered when installing. We could use smaller tiles of 30x60cm, 60x60cm as well or 100x100cm. The idea is that the joints on the floor do not show that the tiles are not square.
  2. Tiles (floor tiles): Intermediate or large formats depending on the shape of the bathroom. We recommend that they be porcelain and have a matte finish.
  3. Coatings (wall tiles): Unlimited formats.
    1. We can even choose sheets that exist of 120cmx260cm to put a single sheet without having apparent horizontal joints.
    2. We can choose formats that are considered large: 80x80cm, 60x120cm, 120cmx120cm, 90x180cm in this way we have few joints and the space looks wide.
    3. Smaller formats: We can play with one or more walls with subway tiles, bricks, or any other type of decoration.
  4. It is important that the floor joints are aligned with the joints that then go up the wall so that the lines are maintained.

What tiles to choose for large bathrooms? 

For larger bathrooms the restrictions are less. The larger dimensions give possibilities regarding the use of larger materials.

In this case, the latest trend is to opt for large-format sheets even for the floor. There are already many bathrooms where we can see 120x120cm or 120x260cm tiles on the floors . But why? This in addition to being a fashionable effect because these formats have not been on the market for a long time, they give a sensation of fabulous finish.

In addition, when it comes to cleaning, fewer joints means less dirt that is permanently embedded in the glues of the joints. Cleaning is easier.

We can also play with the use of decorated tiles and other types of formats

How much tile do I need for a bathroom?

Once you have answered the question: What are the best bathroom tiles? It will be time to select the product we want and see, How much material do I have to buy?

First we have to know that the pieces are usually sold in two ways. There are products that are sold by the piece, and others that are sold by the unit.

Those that are sold individually are usually small decoration and mosaic products. Anyway, once we know the need for m2 we have, converting to pieces is very easy.

Let’s start with some math: 

For a bathroom that measures 2m long by 3m wide with a height of 2.5m.

Floor area: We multiply the length by the width and it will give us the square meters of material that we have to buy for the floor. In this case 2mx3m = 6m2 of land.

Wall or cladding surface:

First we calculate without taking into account windows or doors.

In our example we would have two walls that are 3m long and 2.5m high. The calculation we have to do is:

For these first two walls: 3mx2.5m and we multiply this result by x2 to have the surface of the two walls. Total: 3mx2.5m = 7.5m2 we multiply x2 = 15m2.

For the other two walls we do the same but with the measurement of those walls:

2mx2.5m = 5m2 multiply x2 = 10m2

The total wall area will be 25m2 and the total floor will be 6m2.

From this result we can remove the surface of the door: (0.9m x2.10m = 1.89m2)

Result of the calculation of square meters of necessary products: 

Floor: 6m2

Walls: 25m2 – 1.89m2 = 23.11m2

To this we always recommend adding 10% in both cases. This is due to possible breakages and needs when installing. If you have some pieces left, it is always good to save them for possible future repairs.

Total with 10% margin:

Floor: 6.6m2

Walls: 25.42m2

If we want to know the number of pieces we need in each case, this would be the calculation: 

Assumption 1: 30x60cm wall tiles on all walls:

The surface of coatings that we have is 25.42m2.

One piece of tile measures: 30cmx60cm. This is equivalent in meters to: 0.3mx0.6m. If we multiply or, 3m x 0.6m gives us 0.18m2.

Those 0.18m2 is what each of the pieces covers.

What we need is to divide the m2 we need by the surface that each piece covers and we will have the result:

m2 we need = 25.42m2 divided by 0.18m2 = 141.22 pieces of 30cm x 60cm.

As you may have seen, choosing the type of tile for your bathroom is essential if we want to design a bathroom that meets our tastes and needs and is functional at the same time. The tiles will play an important role when combining with other elements such as the shower, the sink or the toilets.

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