Bathroom Ceramic Tiling Ideas

There a many ways to use Ceramic Tile in a Bathroom

By Mark J. Donovan

When planning a bathroom remodeling project consider the use of ceramic tile. Ceramic tile is commonly used in bathrooms and in a number of applications. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that ceramic tile is so durable and traditional. Ceramic tile stands the test of time, both in wear and fashion. Ceramic tile installation is also something that homeowners can do, and as a result installation costs can be reasonable and contained.

Summarized below are a few bathroom ceramic tiling ideas that you may want to consider in your bathroom remodeling project.

Custom Ceramic Tile Shower

Nothing beats the look and feel of a custom ceramic tiled shower. Admittedly, some upfront work is required prior to installing the ceramic tile, such as the installation of a shower pan membrane liner in the shower base and cement backerboard on the walls. However, the payback both in terms of personal satisfaction and the return on investment when you sell your home is huge.

Using earth tone ceramic tiles is a great way to ensure your custom ceramic tile shower never goes out of style.

Bathroom Ceramic Floor Tile

A bathroom ceramic tiled floor can also accentuate a bathroom, and there is a plethora of ceramic tile floor options to choose from. In addition, you can be creative by mixing ceramic tiles to create interesting borders or other patterns. Bathroom ceramic floor tile is also extremely durable. I would suggest, however, using larger tiles, such as 12”x12” tiles as it makes the floor easier to install and clean.

Again, the installation of a bathroom ceramic tiled floor does require some up front preparation in terms of subfloor preparation, however the costs and efforts are minimal.


Ceramic Wall Tile

Installing ceramic wall tile a portion of the way up bathroom walls is always a great way to add color and texture to your bathroom. I would suggest going with light and earthy colors to keep the bathroom feeling bright and open. In addition, I would suggest using smaller ceramic tiles, such as 4”x4” ceramic tile.

Ceramic Tile as Accent Pieces

Ceramic tile can also help to accent around windows and mirrors. I recommend using smaller ceramic tiles in these applications, however you can use some color to contrast the lighter wall, floor and shower colors.

The only area where I do not recommend using ceramic tiles is on the bathroom countertop. Since a bathroom countertop is frequently wet, the chance for mold and mildew growth in grout lines is much higher.

Bathroom ceramic tiling

So if you want to transform your bathroom into an elegant masterpiece that is both timeless and durable consider these bathroom ceramic tiling ideas in your bathroom remodeling project.

For information on installing a shower pan membrane liner for a ceramic tile shower, see the Shower Pan Membrane Liner Installation Ebook from  The Shower Pan Membrane Liner EBook will quickly teach you the step-by-step process for installing the shower pan membrane liner correctly. It includes instructions on framing the shower stall, pouring the pre-slope and shower base mortar, and installing the shower pan membrane liner.

See’s Ceramic Tile Calculator

See my “How to Tile a Custom Ceramic Tile Shower” Ebook to learn how to tile your own shower:  For a detailed set of instructions on tiling a shower floor and walls, including pictures for every step in the process, see my “How to Tile Custom Ceramic Tile Shower Ebook”.

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