Tiling the Master Bathroom

Dear Expert: I’m getting ready to renovate my master bathroom. What factors should I consider when it comes to tile selection?

A. Not only is tile durable and easy to clean, it can greatly impact the aesthetics of the entire room, whether you select porcelain, glass, ceramic, or natural stone. In addition to choosing tile for your shower, tub enclosure and floor, consider additional tile elements such as wainscoting, decorative tiles, and mosaic borders or “rug” insets—these elements have the potential to elevate the overall appeal of your bathroom. Tile can create a dramatic backdrop for distinctive plumbing fixtures and can make an ordinary bathroom an extraordinary spa-like retreat.

Don’t be intimidated at a tile showroom. Before going, take note of your existing bathroom and ask yourself: Which features do I like, and what do I want to change? Also consider the style of your home and the style you want to achieve with your new space. 

Expert Note: “Do a little homework before you head out, and it will make the process much more enjoyable. Take along some pictures and approximate measurements to help the sales associate help you.

—Keith Rothstein, senior project consultant
KOHLER Signature Store