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Mastering Bathroom Tile Selection

When it comes to bathroom renovations, one of the key elements that can truly elevate the look and feel of the space is the selection of tiles. From the floor to the shower area, careful planning and consideration of various factors can make a significant difference in the overall aesthetic and functionality of your bathroom. In this guide, we will delve into the art of mastering bathroom tile selection, focusing on key aspects such as floor tile patterns, shower floor tiles, texture, color contrast, and patterns.

Floor Tile Patterns and Shower Floors

A crucial consideration in tile design is the incorporation of a curbless or zero-entry shower. Because of the transition into a shower, and the slope inside the shower (to allow drainage towards the shower drain), we need to pick tiles that don’t end up with funky grout lines. We often use two different sizes of tiles for the bathroom floor and the shower floor, but the same tile selection. This allows us to have a larger tile on the bathroom floor, and a smaller tile in the shower pan to allow for the slope in the pan.

For example, the shower in the photo below taken during construction on a recent bathroom remodel shows how we used the same stone for both the bathroom floor and the shower, but in a different size (Indian Black Slate from Garden State Tile). This prevented us from needed any grout lines at the valleys where the shower pan slopes down. You can barely even tell there’s a slope to it at all!

And here’s a photo of that same shower completed!

Texture, Color Contrast, and Patterns

Texture, color contrast, and patterns play a crucial role in determining the final look of the space and are the three main factors we consider when picking a tile. Texture adds depth and visual interest to the design, creating a tactile experience that enhances the overall ambiance of the bathroom. Opting for tiles with varying textures can create a dynamic and visually stimulating environment.

Choosing complementary or contrasting colors for the tiles can help highlight different areas of the bathroom, such as the shower enclosure or vanity area. We try to stick with bolder tiles on the walls and anything above countertop height, because a busy floor can be distracting and pull your eye away from some of the other beautiful details around the room. Bold color choices can add a pop of personality to an otherwise neutral space, while subtle hues can create a sense of tranquility and relaxation. However, if you are going to go bold on the floor, we suggest doing so in the shower, to keep it limited.

For example, in the shower below, we used a simple subway tile for the walls, and a busier penny tile for the floor to make it pop.

Patterns are a powerful tool in tile selection, allowing you to express your personal style and creativity. Whether you prefer geometric designs, intricate mosaics, or classic subway tiles, the pattern you choose can help mix things up. They can also make things too busy, so it’s important to stick to just one busy pattern, and leaving the rest of the tile selections with something less bold. We’ve also often found that mixing different tile patterns within a bathroom can allow us to create certain areas that draw your attention.

For example, in the photo below, we did a neutral colored, textured tile on the floor with a thirds pattern, then a black picket tile on the wall to add some “busy-ness” to this area. In the niche backsplash is a penny round tile.


In conclusion, mastering the art of bathroom tile selection is essential for achieving a harmonious and visually stunning space. By carefully considering elements such as floor tile patterns, shower floor design, texture, color contrast, and patterns, you can transform your bathroom into a sanctuary of style and comfort. Whether you’re embarking on a full bathroom remodel or simply updating the tiles, remember that the devil is in the details. With the right tiles, you can turn your bathroom into a true work of art.

Next time you think about home renovations, don’t forget the impact that well-chosen tiles can have on your space. From kitchen remodels to master bathrooms, the right tiles can truly make a difference in transforming your house into a home.

Contact us today if you’d like to discuss some tile designs for your next bathroom or kitchen remodel!