Top 10 tips for choosing shower tile
January 5, 2019
The space for shower is one of most relaxing spaces in your home. By nature it has to withstand a lot of water flow on a regular basis. Being as important as it is, it’s essential that the tile used in the shower can handle that water flow as well as provide you the best comfort levels with a good look. To meet that end, let’s talk about some tips to help you choose a good shower tile.
- Choose slip resistant tiles
Check to see if the tiles used in the shower space are sufficiently tested and approved for slip resistance under wet conditions or not. Since shower is a space where it will be constantly wet during use, any slippery tile may lead to accidents and injury. To avoid such unexpected incident, the tiles can contribute a lot. The tiles which have been designed and developed for showers are slip resistant and have a higher tolerance towards water.
- Keep the tile variety to a maximum of 3 choices
Having more than 3 different designs in a bathroom becomes confusing for the human eye. As the bathroom is a space for relaxation, we would want our eyes, mind and body to relax and enjoy our shower. If you plan on putting the focus on a particular design of tile, try to keep it in a subtle colour so it stands out, but still doesn’t cause too much distraction in the midst of the overall design setting. Normally, floor tiles are kept as regular tiles, and a tile in the eye level of the walls can be used as a focal point.
- Choose low maintenance tile material
Cleaning tiles can be a cumbersome task for many. When it’s the bathroom and shower space, then the tiles must be water-resistant. The better option to choose for tile material in this case will be ceramic or porcelain because they require the least amount of maintenance. Of course, the matter of sealing needs to be checked. When choosing a design, it’s better to avoid textures on shower floor tiles, because it may cause discomfort under your feet.
- Get free samples if possible
What can be more helpful than this? There are a lot of websites where the vendors offer free tile samples which you can try out to see if they work for you. Rather than investing a lot of money on a pile of tiles, you can try a free sample and then decide on buying a bulk or not.
- Do a soak test
It’s very important to check the water-resistance of a shower tile before you buy a bulk for installation. It’s better if a free sample can be managed. If not, then do a soak test at home or tell the vendor to showcase a soak test for their tile for you. The best way is to draw a circle on the backside of the tile, preferably to the size of a coin. Then, pour water over the circle to see if it gets soaked up within 3 minutes. If yes, then the tiles need to be soaked before installation.
- Choose a fitting and aesthetically pleasing pattern
There are many ways to lay tiles on the floor and walls. There is grid, offset, herringbone, basketweave, harlequin and many other complex patterns that can be employed. However, as the bathroom is a relaxing space, sticking to simplistic patterns for the floor will make it easier for the eyes. Basketweave pattern is also widely used for bathroom floors with contrasting colours together.
- Go for that special tile at first
Everyone has a special choice, and when it comes to shower tiles, you just might have that special design in mind you’ve been thinking of for a long time. Think about that tile, choose it and install it first so you can plan the remaining parts with ease.
- Pay attention to the sizes
If you use multiple types of tiles in your bathroom, try to keep the tile sizes in a way that it creates a good balance. For example – If you use medium tiles for the wall, you can use smaller sized tiles on the floor and vice versa. This distinguishes the two parts.
- Choose light friendly tiles
There are certain tile colours available in the market which are dark, and not only that, they do not reflect much light. Shower space should be well lit because one needs to clearly see around. If light shaded colours are used, then it will reflect more light. However, it’s not like that dark colours can’t be used at all – they can be, but it should comply with the overall design and in those cases a lamp should be used. Light colours make it feel more spacious.
- Measure carefully after tile selection and before installation
Measurement is extremely important as a mistake could lead to costly compensations. A small mistake may become big when it’s about sizes. One has to spend time, effort and money to choose and install shower tiles. Having a careful and perfect measurement will make the whole process much easier.