While choosing the correct backing for your wall tile is important if you want it to last, the fun part of a bathroom tiling project is choosing the tile itself. With the exception of natural cork tile, just about anything is suitable. Here’s a list of some of the most popular bathroom tile materials out there to give you some food for thought. Stone Tile—Nothing is as beautiful as stone tile, be it marble, granite, travertine, or any of the many other stone options on the market. Stone is also naturally water resistant and tough, both perfect qualities for shower wall tile. About the only drawback of stone as a wall tile is its weight, which can make installation tricky. And of course, it’s also the most expensive tile you’re likely to come across. Glass Tile—This is another excellent option when it comes to bathroom wall tile design. Glass tile comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so working with it can be a real design treat, especially if you’re up for a challenge!
Tub/Shower: Tub and shower kits are available in various sizes including those for small bathrooms. While colors are sometimes limited, a shower pan can be used instead of an entire shower kit (which will leave room for tiles and other decorative touches). If you’re using existing plumbing, modifying the look of your shower or tub is a simple DIY project. But, replacing a tub with a shower (or anything involving modifying the plumbing) should be left to professionals.
If you’re planning on turning your basement into an occupied living space, consider a full bath. Guests and family members will greatly appreciate the convenience of having access to a shower or tub. Before deciding on a full bath, remember that basements tend to be damp and chilly. A shower or tub may not be as comfortable as you think in an uninsulated basement. You need to be sure that you have enough floor space for your design. While average bathroom dimensions are hard to come by, 60 square feet is a fairly common size. Small bathrooms and half baths can be 30 square feet or smaller.
If you’re remodeling a smaller bathroom or guest bath, you can achieve excellent results by including an accent window in an angular shape such as an oval or octagon or perhaps an arch over a double-hung 3×4 window. Garden windows help add more dimension to a smaller bathroom while giving your indoor plants a place to thrive.
As an added bonus, most glass tile comes from recycled materials, making it a “green” material as well. Ceramic Tile—Ceramic tile always has been, and always will be, one of the most popular choices for bathroom wall tile. It can be glazed and fired in just about any color and design you can imagine, from soft earth tones to hand painted designs, and its water resistance is perfect for the bathroom setting. It can chip easier than some of the other tile options, but if you think ahead and order a few more tiles than your project needs, those damaged tiles are an easy fix down the road. Mosaic Tile—Mosaic tile has moved beyond the arts and crafts world. In fact, some of the most stunning and innovative bathroom wall tile designs are currently being done in mosaic, be it glass, ceramic, metal, or combinations of all three. Subway Tile—Whether you choose vintage imitation subway tile or actual reclaimed subway tile, this simple, utilitarian wall tile look is perfect for both contemporary and throwback bathroom designs.
Are you tired of the same old bathroom setup? Your basic countertop, sink, and mirror often come in standardized forms for easy installation, maintenance, and cost-effectiveness, but they often lack personality and character. This is why people often in invest so much time and money in bathroom remodels in order to get away from the lackluster appearance of conventional interior design. A simple way to give your bathroom some pizzazz is with bathroom vanities, which are often inexpensive and quickly transform a room’s look.