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Ceramic Tile

One of the most popular and versatile materials, ceramic tiles offer endless possibilities. Create a rustic feeling with wood-look tiles, design an exquisite accent wall with patterned tiles or achieve the look of marble with faux-stone tiles. Ceramics offer a range of sizes, shapes, colors, finishes and styles that satisfy any taste and style.

Kitchen backsplash with grey subway tile and square patterned wall tile.

One of the most popular and versatile materials, ceramic tiles offer endless possibilities. Create a rustic feeling with wood-look tiles, design an exquisite accent wall with patterned tiles or achieve the look of marble with faux-stone tiles. Ceramics offer a range of sizes, shapes, colors, finishes and styles that satisfy any taste and style.

Kitchen backsplash with grey subway tile and square patterned wall tile.

5 Types of Ceramic Tile We (and Our Customers) Love

 

Ceramic tile remains a top choice among homeowners, designers and installers alike, and it’s easy to see why. Ceramic tiles are strong, durable and easy to maintain year after year—and ceramic is among the more cost-effective materials, too. All these qualities make it exceptionally versatile, too; depending on your project, ceramic tile can be a smart choice for floors, walls, bathrooms, kitchens and more.  

These are some of our customers’ favorite categories of ceramic tile. (Check with your local Tile Shop store for project and application recommendations.)  

 

Wood-Look Ceramic Tile

Wood-look ceramic tile is a great option for the customer who wants their home to have the classic, warm charm of natural wood, with the simplified upkeep a manmade material can offer. As a flooring material, wood-look ceramic tile is suitable for spaces where wood floors tend to be less practical, such as mudrooms, basements and bathrooms.  

Ceramic wood-look tile floor with small white table.

Featured Tile: Uddo Kyoto

Featured Tile: Filetto Camel

Featured Tile: Braypark Filtered Smoke

White Ceramic Tile

The clean, bright simplicity of white ceramic tile is a welcome touch to kitchens, bathrooms and more. Because it serves as a neutral backdrop for any décor, classic white tile is a smart choice for creating a space you’ll love now and in the future. It truly never goes out of style. 

Cream-colored, handmade-look square ceramic tile adds varied tone and texture to the walls in this bathroom, and contrasts nicely with matte black shower fixtures.

Featured Tile: Riad White

Textured ceramic white tile on wall in bathroom behind soaker tub.  Wood towel rack and white tub.  Copper toned faucet.

Featured Tile: Folhas Quartzo

Elongated, handmade-look white subway tile is used on the backsplash over a gas stove. The tile is installed in a horizontal off-set pattern.

Featured Tile: Splendours White

Ceramic Shower Tile

Whether you’re installing a full ceramic shower wall, or simply adding a recessed niche for a quick update, ceramic shower tile is the perfect choice for bathroom projects. Speaking of shower niches, one of our favorite design ideas is using the same tile for the niche and the bathroom floor. It’s an easy way to create a cohesive, continuous look, while adding valuable shower storage.

Bathroom shower and sink vanity with wall tiled in cream-colored tile

Featured Tile: Zellige Alabaster

These shower walls feature 4x12-inch gray subway tiles arranged in a timeless brick-lay pattern. The tiles have slightly oversized proportions, with a wavy surface and high-gloss finish.

Featured Tile: Bulevar Grey

Shower with blue handmade-look subway tile.

Ceramic Wall Tile

When you decide to use ceramic tile as a wall covering, you unlock a world of design possibilities; while only certain tiles are rated for use on floors, almost any tile can be installed on a vertical surface (I.e., a wall). With that functional requirement out of the equation, the only question you have to ask yourself is, “Which ceramic wall tile do I like best?” 

Ceramic wood-look subway tile set in a horizontal brick-lay pattern brings the rustic look of weathered wood to this fireplace surround. The wood effect includes shades of white, brown, green, blue and gray, so this tile pairs well with the large warm-toned floating wood mantle and matte black firebox.

Featured Tile: Colonial Wood White

Bathroom with dark blue vanity and wall paint, and dark blue tiles on walls. Past the vanity is a walk-in shower with a floor-to-ceiling wall of dark blue and off-white tile arranged in a checkerboard pattern. The floor is covered in a mosaic of dark blue tiles with occasional small accents of white tile.

Featured Tile: Marrakesh Blue & Off White

Ceramic Kitchen Tile

Last on this list—although certainly not least—is ceramic kitchen tile. We love using ceramic tile in the kitchen because it’s equal parts attractive and practical. From floors and countertops to backsplashes and kitchen island walls, ceramic kitchen tile is a fantastic answer to any design need in the heart of your home. 

Kitchen with two chairs and a table tiled in Yard Black ceramic tile.

Featured Tile: Yard Black

Wavy blue ceramic wall tiles behind a kitchen counter and brown cabinets.

Featured Tile: Wave Blue Reef

Kitchen sink and counter with a blue and off-white tile wall

Featured Tile: Elipse Azul