How To Choose Tile For A Kitchen or Bathroom Floor

Tile flooring completes the design of a bath, powder room or master suite. A new tile floor can make a style statement that will last a very long time.

If you're in the process of remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, you have some decisions to make that are crucial to a successful outcome. From cabinets and vanities to countertops, sinks, and fixtures each decision adds to the aesthetic appeal of your design as well as the functionality of your space.

Your choice of flooring can help to define your aesthetic and add functionality to your space. Flooring tile comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and materials making it easy to match the floor with surrounding walls, cabinets, and overall décor. Tile offers exceptional durability and water resistance making it the perfect choice for both kitchens and baths.

The variety of tile choices can be overwhelming. Visit your local tile showroom to get a better understanding of the options available to you and check online sources like Houzz and the trade resource Floor Trends to learn more. Your Forward design-build designer can help you narrow your choices and find the perfect tile flooring.

Let's look at some of the best tile choices for your remodeling project.  

Options to consider before you select your tile

Before you choose your tile, you'll need to consider a few options. Here are a few things to think about when planning your project.

Grout joints

Grout size plays a huge role. For example, if you're planning on a glossy finish, especially in a wet area like a bathroom, consider using a wider grout joint, it will balance the glossy finish and add an additional level of slip resistance to your floor.

Tile Finish

Finish is also important. Matte is almost always a better choice than glossy because it tends to be more slip resistant.

Tile Size

Smaller sizes will help with slip resistance because they offer more grout lines for traction. If you use a larger size tile, choose a matte finish especially in a bathroom.

Floor Tile Pattern

Floors offer a unique opportunity to introduce a pattern into your design. Tiles in unusual shapes also tend to feature more grout lines, and more grout lines provide better traction.

Favorite Floor Tile Materials for Bathrooms

Choosing the right tile comes down to three important factors; aesthetics, budget, and functionality. The fact is, today you have a myriad of choices regarding materials, colors, and designs when it comes to floor tile, across all price points. The most important aspect when choosing tile is to make sure that your choice of material meets your needs. For example, ceramic tile can be a beautiful choice for either the kitchen or bath, but some ceramic tiles may not be ideal for high impact areas.

Let's look at some of the top materials used today.

Ceramic Floor Tile

Ceramic tiles are a mixture of clay, minerals, and water which is then fired at a high temperature. Glazed tiles are treated with a liquid glass coating then fired a second time creating a hard surface resistant to stains and scratches. Ceramic tile is affordable, durable and easy to install. It's available in a wide range of colors and patterns. Be careful, colors can vary between lots so you'll need to order all of your tiles at the same time or it may be difficult to match if replacements are required.

Porcelain Floor Tile

Porcelain is a type of ceramic tile that is fired at a higher temperature making it less porous than regular ceramic tile. It's available in a high impact version that is durable, perfect for any flooring application easy to clean and it's available in some different patterns, colors, and styles.

Glass Floor Tiles

Glass tile is used for backsplashes and walls, but some glass tile is rated for flooring use. Glass offers a wide variety of colors and textures and can add a real “wow” factor to any room. However, glass can be expensive and difficult to install. Find a highly skilled professional for installation.

Cement Floor Tile

Cement tile, also known as Cuban tile, typically boasts bold patterns. Incredibly resilient, it's a beautiful choice for flooring, offering a unique look. Cement can be pricey and is not common, so make sure your installer has experience working with this material. Cement tiles are prone to etching by acid or harsh detergents and require sealing on installation and periodic resealing.

Natural Stone Floor Tile

Natural stone tiles come in a variety of materials including granite, slate, travertine, marble, onyx, and sandstone to name just a few. Stone offers a rich, luxurious look and can be cut in a variety of sizes to meet any aesthetic need. Stone may be a better choice for the kitchen as they can be damaged by exposure to water, pigment or acid. This can be avoided with regular maintenance including sealing on installation and periodic resealing.

Your choice of the proper floor tile can create a focal point and complete the aesthetic design of both kitchens and bathrooms. Set a budget to narrow your focus, and take some time to familiarize yourself with the options available. Your designer or design-build contractor can help you to make a perfect choice! Whatever you decide, with proper planning, your new tile floor can make a design statement that will last a lifetime!

Forward Design Build is a residential design-build firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan that is known for its commitment to craftsmanship and communication. We are committed to improving our neighbors quality of life with inspired design and creative remodeling. Our homes are highly functional, exquisitely beautiful, and remarkably comfortable. Contact us to speak with an expert about your new home or remodeling project.