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1. Hide your access panels. When choosing a tile for your bathtub, consider how your plumber will service the fixtures, and see if you can design an access panel that doesn't look like an access panel.
In this picture, I would bet that the tile below the tub filler and hot and cold handles is removable. It might be a little work to get it out, but it's a handy and very tasteful-looking option. A larger tile is easier to work with, but smaller tiles can be grouped together as well.
3. Soften natural stone. Natural stone can be a wonderful product to use in your tub deck installation. Keep in mind that the tile can be easily tooled with polishing pads to create softer edges and polish the ends. This makes for a cleaner look and a much safer bathroom without hard corners.
5. Use pool-approved tiles for a tub interior. If your tub is going to be tiled like the inside of a pool, make sure you find a tile approved for use in one. Submerged tile installations require a 95 percent contact from the waterproofing backing to the back side of the tile.
Not all tiles allow for this, so keep looking until you find a winner.
6. Use smaller tiles for curves. Creating arches and curved walls around tubs is easier with smaller tiles, just as it is for showers. Creating the right curve can be tricky without a smaller tile.
I love the gentle curve on the face of this tub — the tile works very well with the other finishes.
7. Make your choices simple and similar. Tiling a large bathroom can be a design nightmare. Large spaces can look busy, and varying tile choices can clash.
This luxury bathroom is a fine example of choosing a tile that has a number of sizes in its product line. The tile layout can be mixed up, but the color scheme stays constant. Tiles with bullnose corners can help soften the hard edges of most tiles.
8. Look for tile with a radius edge. The large radius edge on this tub offers a nice place to sit as well as provides safety from a fall. Few tile companies make a radius edge or bullnose edge, so starting with this tile can really streamline the selection process.
9. Consider something other than tile. Sometimes there is no right tile choice for your bathroom. At-Six Architecture is one of my all-time favorite design firms. I love the crew's projects, and this installation is no different.
If you're not choosing a tile, ensure that your wall finishes are water resistant. The wall cladding in this picture looks as nice outside a home as it does inside.