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Wall and Floor Tile

Installing new tile is a great way to update the look of a space and add lasting value. Not only is floor and wall tile endlessly customizable, as it comes in a variety of different styles and materials, but new tile flooring can also add to the overall comfort and durability of your home. During your search, whether you’re looking for kitchen backsplash ideas or deciding what floor tile material to use, it’s important to consider both aesthetics and function. You’ll want something that can hold up against daily use in the kitchen or bathroom, so consider the guidelines below as you search for the right tile for your space.

What is the best material for wall or floor tile?

Evaluate your lifestyle and the area that you want to add tiling to. Is it a high traffic or use area? Is it outdoors? Will it be exposed to moisture on a regular basis? Knowing the location and the type of wear and tear that an area will experience is vital to making a design decision. Some common floor and wall tile materials include:

Ceramic: Ceramic tile flooring is a great choice in any area that’s exposed to moisture, outside elements or a lot of foot traffic. It’s a highly durable material and typically treated with an abrasive to prevent slips, making it well suited for floor tiles. While ceramic tiles are a pricier option, they will age well. Just make sure there are no flaws in the glaze, or if they are unglazed consider sealing them so they become stain resistant.

Porcelain: Porcelain is often chosen as a tile material because it’s dense, hard and even more resistant to wear and moisture than ceramic. Porcelain floor tile can also be designed to make tile that looks like wood. Wood tile is a popular choice for bathrooms or other places that are especially moisture-prone and unsuitable for real wood. When choosing tiles for various parts of the home, you can consult the Porcelain Enamel Institute’s rating system. Ratings range from one to five, with one and two being strictly for walls and countertops, and three to five for floors.

Glass: The smooth, glossy finish of glass tile makes it ideal to accent any space, but one of the most popular applications is in a glass tile backsplash. Glass tiles come in a variety of finishes and looks, and can create a beautiful focal point in the kitchen. The material also doesn’t stain, fade or scratch easily, so you can depend on its durability for use as bathroom tiles. In particular, glass is a great option for shower tile because it’s highly watertight, so water or moisture permeating the surface is not an issue. Similarly, its weather-resistant qualities make it the perfect pool tile.

Granite, Marble, Slate and Other Natural Stone: These materials are extremely durable and hard and are great for a statement-making stone backsplash or tile floor. They are typically more costly and often require either a sealing treatment or extra maintenance, so be aware of what’s involved before purchasing them. However, a granite or marble backsplash can look especially elegant and polished in the kitchen. These strong materials can also be wise choices for creating stately and lasting tile flooring.

What style of tile do I want for my space?

The color, patterning and type of tile you choose for your home can make a big difference in the look and feel of a space. It can be exciting to create an entirely new look through your kitchen backsplash tile or bathroom floor tile — there are endless options to choose from! For example, a clean white subway tile backsplash is a classic choice that will stand the test of time. If you want to go for something a bit more visually striking, a herringbone backsplash will do the trick. Fish scale tile, which has a rounded look, can look beautiful in bathrooms or homes with a beachy style. If you’re looking to quickly and easily add a pop of color to your home, peel and stick backsplash tile in a vibrant pattern is a popular solution. Once you’ve chosen a material, picking out one of the many types of floor tile patterns can also be a big decision. Ceramic floor tile can come in beautiful Mediterranean patterns, while wood-look tile can offer rustic or farmhouse style. You might also consider the size and shape of your tiles when thinking about the look you want to go for. While square or rectangular tiles are a classic choice, hexagon floor tile is visually intriguing and can work with a variety of styles.
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Featured Reviews of Wall and Floor Tile

12.38"x12.5" Mykonos Porcelain Mosaic Floor/Wall Tile, Ocean
Wall and Floor Tile
August 25, 2016
Beautiful Tile: I was trying to find suitable tile for my shower floor. I ordered two samples. This one was gorgeous, and matched the difficult to coordinate Diva blue design of my shower niche perfectly. The sample arrived three days before I'd expected it to, well packed and in good condition. My only problem with it was that I decided it was too beautiful and a little slick for our floor; however it would be perfect for other uses.
Kaligaris Porcelain Art Tiles, Set of 16, 9.75"x9.75", White
Wall and Floor Tile
December 16, 2016
Beautiful: This tile is beautiful! Fast delivery and no issues with breakage. So happy with this purchase. The black in this tile is more of an antique black or charcoal black---not a dark black.
Subway Backsplash Tile, Shiny Gloss, 3"x6"
Wall and Floor Tile
April 17, 2017
Great find!: I oredered a sample of subway tile before committing to a project. I was skeptical that it may not be that great because of the price. I thought there had to be a catch. I was blown away that it was so beautiful and the price is so cheap! I will now be ordering more!
9.5"x9.5" Siena Porcelain Wall/Floor Tiles, Set of 16, Center
Wall and Floor Tile
March 25, 2017
Good product/ Good service: The range of products that Houzz carries is extensive - you'll always find something that you'll like. Their service was good too. They were wiling to split my order in two payments, which did not go thru, however the intent was there
17.63"x17.63" Apollo Ceramic Wall/Floor Tiles, Set of 5
Wall and Floor Tile
October 30, 2016
beautiful, old world look!: I love these tiles and look forward to using them, however, i'm worried not because they have been discontinued. When that happened before they came back so I'm praying they come back again!! worried!! I give them 4 stars just because i haven't installed them yet and actually used them.
17.63"x17.63" Catarina Ceramic Tiles, Set of 5, Blue
Wall and Floor Tile
November 21, 2018
Perfect for our bathroom remodel: These are exactly what I wanted for our master bathroom remodel. They are true to the images and description online. Make sure to use the manufacturer recommended grout color to get a good match!
Nomi Mosaic Cement Tiles, Set of 12, Black and White, 8"x8"
Wall and Floor Tile
September 12, 2017
As advertised...: These tiles arrived and I am very happy- they are what they look like online! (you never know sometimes!) The black isn't as dark/crisp as I expected, I guess. But I'm thinking it may darken up once we seal it. Even if it doesn't, I'm happy with the product. It's a beautiful pattern!
8"x8" Black and White Cement Algar Handmade Tiles, Set of 12
Wall and Floor Tile
August 14, 2017
Moroccan tiles are beautiful: These tiles are sturdy with a soft black and medium grey pattern that will be a gorgeous floor for my tiny bathroom. They are being installed this week so I can't wait. I will use a concrete sealer on them which may darken the pattern a bit
Girona 8x8 Cement Tile
Wall and Floor Tile
November 22, 2017
Awesome: I really like this cement tile. Just concerned that it is 4 lbs each and very thick. Will have to talk to contractor first on how it will lay and butt up against other flooring. Quality is excellent. Matte finish!
8"x8" Monet Handcrafted Geometric Cement Tiles, Set of 12, Black and White
Wall and Floor Tile
March 7, 2018
Wonderfull Fireplace!!: Used this on my fireplace and it looks great and is good quality. Colours are for sure a more greyed out black and warm white. I did however mark some of the tiles and Im a little bit afraid of what will happen when I try to clean them (suggestions welcome)

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