Choosing The Best Shower Tile For A Master Bath Design and Remodel

What is the best shower tile for a master bath design? 

A major element in any master bath renovation is choosing your tub and shower surround tile. In fact, it can be a defining element in your master bath design. Today, your choices are no longer limited to simple 4 x 4 glazed tiles. You can choose from a wide variety of materials, sizes, colors, patterns, and finishes to meet your aesthetic needs.

While your master bath design relies on many elements from your vanity and vanity top, to flooring, fixtures and more, choosing your master bath shower tile is a fun endeavor, and there are several factors to consider before you begin shopping.

Let's explore how to choose the perfect tile for your shower/tub surround and some of the materials you'll have to choose from.

First Define Your Design Needs

Begin by examining the design of your shower. Is it a large shower or a shower/tub surround? Do you have a shower and stand alone tub? The design can often determine the best option. Large tiles on the shower walls can be cost effective and impart a contemporary feel. If your shower includes a bench, you can use time or stone for the seat.

Smaller tiles with more grout lines can reduce slipping and are an excellent choice for the floor. If you include a steam shower, you will need to include a sloped ceiling and again smaller tiles can work in areas with angles. You have a lot of options when selecting tile for your shower floor, walls, and ceiling.

To narrow your choices, examine your lifestyle. Another detail to consider is the amount of time you're willing to spend cleaning and maintaining your tile. If cleaning your shower isn't high on your list of things to do, consider large slabs, tiles or glass panels.

Also, take the feel into consideration. No matter how beautiful a tile is, if it doesn't feel comfortable when sitting or standing it's not the right choice. Slabs or larger porcelain tiles can be comfortable when compared to smaller options. You want to also focus on safety. Choosing a smooth tile for the floor can lead to slipping. Small tile with a lot of grout lines and textured tile is safer, and it doesn't necessarily need to match the walls.

One last consideration, especially for older homeowners who are seeking to stay in place as they age are universal design options. Universal design is geared toward the comfort and safety of older homeowners. For example, using a non-slick tile for flooring and including grab bars and seating.

Choosing Materials for Your Master Bath Design

Because of the water and humidity produced in the shower, any time you choose will need to be impervious to water. Materials like glass, porcelain, and natural stone that is properly treated are all great choices. The overall design style of your bathroom can help you narrow your choices.

If you're looking for a simple, traditional style, 4X4 glazed tile in a solid color is the often used fallback. For something different, that fits a traditional design, consider 3X6 subway tiles. Subway tiles lend themselves to various design options, for example, mixing textures using stone, mosaic time, or larger tiles along with the subway tile. Mixing materials can allow you to add a personal touch.

If you're designing leans toward a sophisticated modern or contemporary look, marble tile is available in a wide variety of colors and veining patterns. Marble tile is available as 3X6 subway tiles, 4X4 tiles, and larger sizes.

If your needs are bolder and edgier, glass tile is a perfect choice that can become a focal point of your master bath design. Glass is suitable throughout your bathroom. Whether it's a mosaic pattern in a marble wall or as bright inserts in your design, glass is also available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.

No matter what type of statement you're trying to make with your master bath design, there are materials that can fit your needs. Contact one of our expert designers. They can help you design your master bathroom. Whether it's the natural zen of stacked stone wall and pebble tile floor, or bright vibrant color with a little research, you can find the perfect tile to meet your needs. If you're working with a bathroom designer or design build contractor they can help you to choose the perfect tile for your new spa-like dream master bath.


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