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The Top new Bathroom Tile & design trends- 6 FACTORS TO CONSIDER when selecting tile

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Hello friends,

Are you considering a bathroom remodel? If so, there are 6 factors to consider when deciding on what tile and design you want for your bathroom remodel project.

When we remodeled our house, picking out the tile for the bathrooms was tricky. Why? There are so many factors to consider. Choosing tile can be overwhelming, complicated but fun. There are many factors that go into deciding what kind of tile you want to use in your bathroom remodel. You’ll need to consider the style, budget and maintenance.

My brother Bert, has owned his own marble and tile business for over 30 years so needless to say, he knows his stuff! His design work is unbelievable. He is a true artist. We always enjoy talking about design ideas and his experiences with clients. I’m obsessed with the difference new tile can make in upgrading a bathroom.

Bert always offers the following advice for customers who are deciding on what type of stone or tile to use for their bathroom update and remodels.

6 Factors to consider when deciding on what tile and design for your bathroom:

1. Choose one tile you love

After you have chosen one tile you are in love with, then plan the other tiles/stone around it.

2. Maintenance

As much as I appreciate natural stone, it requires more maintenance and it needs to be sealed appropriately. Ceramic and porcelain tile are much easier to maintain. Tiled walls are clean-up well and offer a long lasting style to your bathroom. Check out The Tile Shop for some inspiring ideas. I bought tile from The Tile Shop and was impressed.

3. Narrow down to three tile choices

A general rule of thumb is not to have any more than 3 types of tile in one room. This eliminates the feeling of clutter. Your eye will not know where to look if there is too much going on with tile.

4. Wow factor

Consider adding one type of tile that adds personality. There are so many beautiful tiles out there and a bathroom is a perfect place to take some risk with fun color or pattern tiles. If you choose a tile with personality, it will make you happy every time you step into the bathroom! The 2019 bathroom tile trends will stray from traditional squares or rectangles and showcase a variety of geometric shapes such as  Hexagonal tiles.  There are so many unique modern tile designs to choose from these days,

5. The material

Each tile material ranges in resiliency, smoothness, amount of shine, and price so choose carefully. The most common types of materials used in bathroom tiling include:

Ceramic Tile: One of the more affordable options, ceramic tile is the ideal material for moist environments like bathrooms. It is also easier to install than other tile materials. As with any type of tile, you will want to perform a ‘slip test’ to determine how slippery the tile is when wet, especially if you are using high-gloss ceramic.

Stone Tile:  In my opinion there is nothing better than natural stone in your bathroom if you prefer a more natural approach to your bathroom Unfortunate stone tile is one of the more costly options but does a good job of adding sophistication to a space.

  •  Glass Tile: Slightly more expensive than ceramic bathroom tile is glass tile. Glass tile is a popular option for backsplash but can be used in nearly any area in the bathroom for a pop of color and shine. It not recommended to use glass tile on the floor.
  • Porcelain Tile: Made from sand fired at high temperature and pressure, porcelain tile is fairly brittle, it’s much easier to cut. Porcelain tile is on the expensive but very popular. It’s maintenance-free and has a tough, dense surface that absorbs minimal water which makes it a great option for the bathroom.


Are you going for a timeless look or something more modern? In my case, I was going after the traditional Hampton Style, so we chose tile to match the home design tile.

Is the bathroom the master or kid’s bathroom? These factors come into play when choosing the tile and style you are after. What color are your cabinets? It’s best to determine your color scheme based on the cabinet color. The walls are easily be painted.  Consider using a lighter color in the bathroom as it will make the room appear larger.

If you have a small bathroom, you can use tile to make the room feel bigger than it is. For instance, if you are using tile and paint on the walls, stick to similar colors.

Also, if you tile your shower all the way to the ceiling, it will give you height and it will make your room look bigger. We included this feature in our bathrooms and love it. you can use tile to make the room feel bigger than it is. For instance, if you are using tile and paint on the walls, stick to similar colors.

Tile Trends:

The trend is big, modern, dramatic styles alongside traditional, handmade, classic styles.


Bright Bold Colors and Bold Design


Mixing and matching will be hot this year. There is going to be a rise in placing old-world looks with modern field tiles. The result will be an eye-catching, one-of-a-kind design. Mid-Century Modern tile designs are all a rage, see more here. 


In large master bathrooms, consider using larger scale tile. Small format tiles will still have a place, of course, but you will  see the expansion of large format tiles in 2019. 48×48, 30×60, and 24×48 slabs will be growing in popularity on walls and floors.

If you are interested in learning how to use flagstone for a garden path- read more here.  The process of installing a path in some ways is similar to tile.

  Take Away:  

Picking out tile may be stressful but make the process fun by taking your time and figure out what look you are going for. Check out Pinitrist for ideas . There is plenty of great choices for tile on line or visit your local tile store with your ideas. 

Send me pictures of your tile choices, I’d love to see them!


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