So you are looking for bathroom tile ideas? Quite often I consult with Customers in Fort Collins that are wanting to remodel their bathroom but get stuck on ideas for bathroom tile design. There are so many options to choose from, and unless you are moving out soon or selling your home, you are going to have to live with it for a lifetime. So choosing the right tile design that fits your personality and budget is crucial. But do not become overwhelmed. There really is no wrong way to design your tile. It’s really up to you how you want it to look. Your Bathroom Tile should be an extension of your personality.
Bathroom Tile Ideas
Some folks like to work with an interior designer when looking for bathroom tile ideas. I do not discourage it. There are some great interior designers in our fine city of Fort Collins with extremely diverse styles. But you need to ask yourself; ” Do I want to live with someone else’s idea of a gorgeous bathroom? Or do I want to live with my own idea of a gorgeous bathroom?
Selecting Your Tile
Some of the options are:
- Porcelain Tile
- Ceramic Tile
- Natural Stone Tile
For durabilty and scratch/ crack resistance, porcelain tile would be the best choice. One of the main advantages of porcelain tile is its durability. It is much more dense than ceramic tile due to the fact that it is baked at higher temperatures and is made from more refined consistent clay. It is non-porous so dirt and grime stay on the surface and can be easily wiped away. It is virtually stain-proof.
The downside is that it is very heavy and difficult to cut.
Ceramic tile is very similar in nature t the porcelain. The differences are that it is less dense and lighter than porcelain. This makes it much easier to work with. When glazed (which most are) it still has the stain fighting capabilities of porcelain. It is also typically more economical than porcelain.
Natural Stone Tile
Natural Stone Tile can include many options such as Travertine, Marble and Granite. One of the greatest advantages of Natural Stone Tile is that it is timeless. It does not go out of style or appear dated. With the right design, it will always look modern. It is typically a bit more soft than ceramic or porcelain tiles, which can make it more susceptible to cracking or chipping. But with good installation practices and proper maintenance, natural stone can last a lifetime of heavy use and abuse.
Again, there really is no wrong decision in selecting which type of tile to use. It is really up to you and what you want to look at and be happy with.