Which Tile Is Best for Remodeling a Shower?

If You Need Shower Wall Tile to Create a Feature Wall With the Fewest Grout Lines, Try a Large, Colorful, Porcelain Tile.

There are a few different options when it comes to tile for remodeling a shower. You can go with the classic subway tile, or choose a more decorative option like mosaic tiles. There are also a variety of natural stone and porcelain tiles to choose from. So, which is the best option for you? Let's look at all of these very popular tile options so you can decide which one you like best.

Tile Basics

As an overview, the most important factor to consider when choosing tile for your shower is what type of material you want. Aside from choosing a pretty color or a pretty pattern, you should look at the utility of the tiles.

Natural Stone and Porcelain Tile

Natural stone and porcelain tiles are both durable and waterproof, making them ideal shower tile options. They also come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can find the perfect option for your bathroom. Natural stones, especially river stones, can add a bit of calm and escapism to your bathroom. So, if you're going for a spa feel, that can be a great choice that is durable, affordable, and aesthetically zen.

Mosaic Tile

If you want something a little more unique for your shower walls, mosaic tiles can be a great choice for creating a beautiful bathroom. They come in a variety of colors and styles as well and they can add a lot of personality to your shower. However, there tend to be more grout lines involved here, which might make the process take longer, cost more money, and lead to quicker wear and tear. One solution for this is to do mosaic tile on one shower wall to make it an accent wall or focal point, and then use a more neutral wall tile on the other shower walls. If you're going to go with mosaic tile on all of your shower walls, we recommend having glass doors or a walk-in set up so that you can enjoy the look of your tiles even when you're not in the shower. A plain old shower curtain won't really do mosaic tiles justice.

Ceramic Subway Tile

If you’re on a budget, subway tile is a great option. They're typically larger tiles that are affordable, easy to install, and they come in a variety of colors. Plus, subway tile work has a timeless look that will (hopefully) never go out of style. Sometimes, showers can feel dark and cramped. Adding a bright, simple tile like subway tile can brighten up the space and make it feel bigger. And, if you like the look of subway tile but you want to spruce it up a bit, you can get a glass tile too. Subway tile is a tile choice that is most often seen on shower walls or on a feature wall, like behind a kitchen stove. It's not usually installed on a bathroom floor, but hey, nothing is impossible.

Which One Do You Like the Best?

So, which tile is best for remodeling a shower? It depends on your personal preferences and budget. But, no matter what type of tile you choose, it’s sure to add the one that will add the most style and functionality to your bathroom.

If you can't decide on what you want, or you haven't quite found the best option for you, go to your local contractor and ask them for their advice and opinion. Some licensed contractors, like at RUPP Family Builders, have on-site interior designers who can help you reach a decision, and show you all of your remodeling options when it comes to tiling your shower.

Which Shower Tiles Will You Choose?

Tile is a great way to remodel your shower and add flare to your existing bathroom, and there are many different options to choose from. You can go with a classic subway tile, or choose something more unique like mosaic tiles. Whichever you choose, be sure to consider the durability and waterproof properties of the material.

And, if you need a second opinion or want to see some shower tile samples up close, contact your local contractor, like RUPP Family Builders, to get an estimate or learn more about just what tiles are even available for your shower remodel. Happy tiling!

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