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 (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.

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.


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