As I’m sure you’re aware, not every tile is created equal. It comes down to where the tile is going and its function. The design of the tile is important, so it flows nicely with the rest of the room, but you have to take into consideration if it needs to be waterproof, how much traction there should be, and more. That’s where this guide comes in. The bathroom is the room that will get the wettest. Your flooring needs to be able to handle it whether someone is splashing around in the tub, or a toasty warm shower is building up humidity.

  • Ceramic: Ceramic tile is arguably one of the best tiles for a bathroom. Most showers consist of ceramic tile because it’s the most waterproof of the bunch. One drawback is that ceramic can become very slippery when wet. For safety, bathmats, or something similar will be needed to avoid injury.
Close-up of different tiles texture
bathroom with a balcony
  • Porcelain: Porcelain is right behind ceramic, but it’s just as important. Most of the time, you’ll see this tile in tubs, sinks, and a few other areas. Since it’s fired at a higher temperature, it’s stronger than traditional ceramic tiles. While this tile is beautiful, it also has a tendency to become slippery when wet.
  • Stone: Stone adds a unique spin onto any bathroom. It’s not as common as the others listed, but can be used throughout the entire bathroom. Apply the proper sealant so that the stone tiles do not become slippery when wet. It comes in a variety of patterns and texture to suit your style!
Textured Stone Wall
Worker making vinyl flooring
  • Linoleum Tile: Linoleum is a classic when it comes to bathroom floors. It’s the most inexpensive tile of the ones mentioned, in addition to being eco-friendly. There is an array of colors and patterns to choose from fitting with almost any design. Be sure to properly seal and install linoleum tile, or it could lead to often replacements.