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Choosing Bathroom Tiles for the Shower

Bathroom Tiles have largely become more decorative and a focal point in the shower over the last few years. With the vast rising of design sites such as Pinterest & Houzz, the creativity & material selection has become increasingly widespread. Having an idea of what you like for your shower is very helpful in the design process. It gives us the opportunity to understand the feel and character of what you might be looking for in your individual space.

Since there are an infinite array of tiles designs, selection can be stressful. Luckily, Indoor City has a staff of interior designers who are all here to make that selection easier. We will help make that design as simple or as ornate as you like. We will also educate you on the pro’s and con’s of certain tile selections, as well as, what the best installation method for your particular project, whether it’s a master bathroom or a half bath down the hall.


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There a few factors you will want to take into consideration when purchasing shower tile and installation materials:


Factor #1 is the area you are tiling. You want to be sure the tile you are choosing is appropriate for spaces that will be submerged in water. If it is a natural stone, sealing is a very important step in this process. You will want to take into consideration if tile maintenance is something you are willing to keep up with. Also, is the shower you are tiling large or small? Would smaller tiles be more desirable in this space, or would a larger format tile such as a 12×24 be more appropriate?


Waterproofing of the shower or wet area is probably the most important step to any tile installation. If a shower is not waterproofed correctly, you will have future problems. The most popular waterproofing system is the Kerdi system which is easy to install and exhibits many moisture barrier properties. We will discuss your tile project with you and show you the best options for your home.


Installation of the tile goes hand in hand with the waterproofing. If tile installation is not done properly, you will see just as many issues as if you didn’t waterproof the shower correctly. It is important to use the correct setting materials for the tiles you are using, as well as the correct grout and spacer size. If you are a DIY homeowner, we would be happy to provide you with the specs and materials list for the tile you are purchasing. If you prefer, our expert installers can make sure you get professional results.


Decide what you want the focal point to be in your bathroom. If it is the shower tile, then find a fun, decorative tile to draw your eye to that area. Whether you use it as an accent band around eye level or a vertical stripe behind the shower heard, bathroom tile details can make a huge impact in your overall design.

Best Types Of Bathroom Tile

Tile selections can be overwhelming due to the endless possibilities of material options and colors, sizes etc. A breakdown to the different types of materials can be helpful when choosing your shower tile to see what works best for the vision on your project and your lifestyle.

Glass Tile
Glass tile is a probably one of the most popular materials for custom showers right now. Glass tile comes in a variety of sizes, shapes and blends. This translucent nature of the tile gives spaces a contemporary feel with a bit of added depth and shine. I see many homeowners using glass mosaics as their focal point in their shower since they pair well with ceramic and porcelain field tiles. Glass tile does not require much maintenance but does require proper installation techniques like using a diamond blade to cut the material and typically an unsanded grout when installing to resist scratching.

Natural Stone
Natural stone can give your shower entirely different looks. A tumbled travertine will give you a rustic vibe, while a polished marble will give you a classic, elegant feel. Natural stone also comes in a variety of sizes, shapes and mosaics. Although white carrara marble showers are very popular and absolutely gorgeous, they do require a bit more maintenance than a porcelain or ceramic tile. All natural stone needs to be cleaned with a natural stone cleaning agent and must be resealed to keep the material from staining. Sealing is a very important step and should not be neglected as it will extend the life of your stone and keep it beautiful for years to come.

Porcelain and Ceramic Tile
Typically the most used and cost effective material is either a ceramic or porcelain tile. This tile is most popular in a large format size such as a 12″ x 24″ but comes in countless size options which vary from line to line. Porcelain and ceramic tiles pair well with a glass or marble mosaic as an accent. What is most appealing about these materials is that they are maintenance free and do not require sealing after installation or too much extra care. Porcelain and ceramic tile are both made with a variety of clay like materials that are fired in a kiln. Porcelain tiles, however, have greater water resistance and can be used outdoors. Porcelain must also be certified as porcelain by the Porcelain Tile Certification Agency (PTCA) for meeting ASTM C373 standards that prove it has better water resistance, and durability.


Bathroom Tile Brands We Carry:

American Olean

Anatolia Canada




Cleft Stone

Clorker from Spain


Dal Tile


Dolce Vita

Elon Tile

Florida Tile

Florium USA


Happy Floors

Jeffery Court

Lunada bay


Marble Systems

Marca Carona


MSI International


Stone & Pewter Accent

Stone Partnership

Vallelunga Italy

Zen Paradise