Tile on Bathroom Floors

White and black ceramic bathroom tiles

If your bathroom has a tub or shower in it, then slip-resistance should be a major concern when selecting floor materials.


Any tile with some texture (tumbled travertine, slate, porcelain tiles designed to look and feel like natural stone, etc.) works beautifully for creating a non-slip surface, but even tiles that look smooth can have high-friction surface. We recommend feeling the surface of the tiles you're considering and judging for yourself whether it would be too slick for your floor.


Small tiles under 4x4" are great for slip-resistance (even when they have polished or glossy surfaces) because the increased number of grout lines creates more texture and grip. Mosaics with small pieces (even those made of strong, floor-grade glass) are great for a non-slip surface.


We don't recommend high-gloss or polished tiles above 4x4" for bathroom floors because of the potential slipperiness of the surface. If, however, you have your heart set on a polished marble, porcelain, or granite, we recommend using InvisaTread to add an invisible layer of friction to your floor.


Is your tile floor meeting up to another flooring type? We recommend using Schluter edge metal to protect the edge of your tile and to create a clean, definitive transition between the two floors.

I have a small bathroom; do I have to use small tiles?

Large tiles on a bathroom floor
These large, metallic porcelain tiles were selected to create a cool, urban/industrial look.

Not at all! In fact, larger tiles set in a diagonal, linear, or brick pattern can help a small space feel bigger. 


Use whatever works best for your design: small tiles have many grout lines and can look very busy, or they can lend themselves to a vintage or retro look. Large tiles can appear clean and modern, or they might look too big in comparison to other tiles in the room. Look at your bathroom design as a whole when choosing your floor tiles.

In-Floor Heat Systems for Comfort & Safety

Brown and white cat sleeping on a gray tiled floor with a cutaway to reveal a floor heating system underneath.
Every family member will appreciate a warm and cozy floor.

Heating your tile floors isn't just a comfortable luxury, it's a safety feature too. 


Water will dry up faster on a heated floor, resulting in fewer slip hazards and reduced risk of mold or mildew growth.


You can even run our heat system into your tiled shower pan for a warm shower that will dry itself! Don't worry, the cables are waterproof.


Learn more and watch an installation video on our heated tiled floors page.

A Tiled Heat Vent for a Flawless Floor

Bathroom floor with a tiled heat register in white tile.
This tile installer matched up the grout lines and tile grain for a flawless look.

Finishing details can make or break a floor. Why put your ugly metal vents back on the floor when they could match your new tile?


Our register vents come in a variety of sizes. Cut your tile to fit for a perfect match. 


See more examples and buy online here.

Wood-Looking Porcelain Tiles

Wood look porcelain floor tiles in a contemporary bathroom

If you like the look of wood, but realize that the moisture in a bathroom rules it out as an option, consider wood-looking porcelain tiles!


Durable enough for a high-traffic area, beautiful enough for a designer showroom, and very easy to clean, porcelain tiles that look like wood have exploded in popularity over the past five years. 


Learn more in our post about the benefits of wood tiles.

Additional Reading for Bathroom Floor Remodels

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