How to Choose the Best Wall Tiling Material for Your Bathroom



There is such a wide range of choices when you are looking for ways to “jazz up” and glamorize your bathroom that you might not have any idea how to proceed. However, each of us appreciates different looks, so you can zero in when shown examples and pictures and find exactly what appeals to you and your family.

Glass, Ceramic, and Tile

Wall tiles are specific in not being as durable as floor tiles, and some are too heavy, so they are meant for the walls only. Ceramic tiles are long-lasting, versatile, practical. and easy to maintain. They are available in many colors as well as striking patterns and graphics with designs from traditional to modern to vintage. Natural stone tile is classic and timeless with its excellent texture, looks, colors, and sizes that you can match or mix for a contemporary bathroom.

Colorful glass tile and other mosaic tiles in numerous colors and shapes provide a dynamic contrast to natural stone walls and are perfect for wet spaces such as above the vanity or on the shower surround. The sheen of glass tiles also adds depth. Glazed porcelain tile is warm, rich, durable so is designed to last, and is available in many colors and bold graphics.

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles aren’t limited to the subway, either. They are fashionable and the most popular tile in either a traditional or contemporary look in bathrooms, powder rooms, and kitchens with their rectangular, usually polished ceramic tile, brick-like designs that remind you of subway stations and retain their decor value for years. They are budget-friendly and easy to install and come in contrasting colors that can create horizontal lines and various patterns.

Bathroom Sizes

Small bathrooms are an ideal space to get creative by mixing different tile materials, colors, and patterns. Different sizes of tiles, especially large ones, and patterns tend to keep eyes moving and make a small bath appear less cramped, more interesting, and give it a more spacious feel.

Larger bathrooms, on the other hand, are best kept to a simplistic design of not too many colors. The exception of course is for colored glass tiles that are opaque, small, and create decorative mosaics. These, however, should be limited to the floor or to an accent wall with pastel colors through the rest of the room.


While many people enjoy tackling floor tiles as DIY projects, it’s often best to let professionals handle wall tiling. Because of the vertical nature of wall tiles, it is extremely important to set things incorrectly with the right mortar, allow for proper drying time before adding more tiles, and to avoid crooked or uneven tile laying. This is especially important when working with heavier materials, such as ceramic or stone tile.

When looking at tile varieties, the most important factor to consider is the atmosphere that will be created in your bathroom. Do you want something bright and exciting to help you wake up in the morning, or cool and calming colors to foster relaxing tub soaks? When speaking with wall tile professionals, express to them your vision of who will be using your bathroom and what your goals are for it to get the best assistance in setting up a perfect bathroom atmosphere.


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