Ceramic Tile

Ceramic Tile Guide

Ceramic tile makes an attractive addition to any room of the house. Most often found in kitchens and bathrooms, ceramic tile can also be used to decorate ceilings, showers, bathtubs, countertops, flooring, walls, and even outdoors. Decorative ceramic tile is also one of the most versatile design elements for an interior designer or decorator. The range of colors, multitude of textures and shapes, and infinite design possibilities available with decorative ceramic tile makes it possible to fashion almost any ambiance or atmosphere.

The flexibility and versatility of ceramic tile allows designers and homeowners to get more imaginative with tile in kitchens and bathrooms. There are conventions about scale and layout in ceramic tile design, but these rules are being broken and interior designers and decorators are increasing pushing the envelope of ceramic tile patterns and mosaic tile designs.

The blending of textures is the newest fashion trend in ceramic tile design. Using natural stone with glass mosaic tile, ceramic porcelain tile with natural stone, maybe a matte stone finish next to a glossy glass tile finish. Another emerging trend is bringing together a number of dissimilar textures and finishes with a monochromatic color scheme.

Interior designers and decorators also appear to be trending away from smaller ceramic tiles and toward larger tile sizes 16x16s and 18x18s. Larger ceramic tiles craft an entirely different impression. Using larger ceramic tiles means fewer grout lines, which makes an interior space appear more expansive and open.

Although Mexican ceramic tile and earth tones are still popular, ceramic tile design and colors are getting richer. The fashion trend now is a more urban, modern look. Interior designers, decorators and consumers are moving away from white and beige Italian tile in the direction of darker, deeper colors.

Tile has always been enormous market in Europe, especially Italian ceramic tile, but now Americans are beginning to be aware of its possibilities as both a design element and a functional building material. Its design flexibility allows homeowners and consumers have the ability to express themselves and distinguish their environs.

Areas of the home must be considered individually.

Areas of the home that have everyday use, such as kitchens, family rooms, and areas where chairs or equipment are often pulled across the floor, will need a ceramic floor tile with good abrasion resistance.

Flooring with direct entrance to the outside will be subject to tracked-in soil, sand or water. These areas of the home will necessitate superior abrasion resistance as well as a reasonable amount of slip resistance.

For areas of the home used less frequently, such as living rooms, dens and sunrooms, most products are appropriate. In bedrooms and baths, traffic is normally light and footwear is rarely worn, so any ceramic floor tile may be selected.

Areas that are used while wet, including shower floors, saunas and hot tubs, require tiles with low water absorption and excellent slip resistance.

Some of the other important things when selecting tiles besides abrasion resistance and slip-resistance are the size and color of the grout joints, the thickness, height variations from room to room, size, suitability of the sub-floor, and cleanability of the tile.

Ceramic Tile

Top 7 Types of Ceramic Tile


Spa / Pool Tile

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Spa / Pool Tile



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Terra Cotta Floor Tile

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Terra Cotta Floor Tile



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Decorative Tile

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Decorative Tile



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Mosaic Tile

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Mosaic Tile



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Floor Tile

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Floor Tile



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Featured Brands

The Best 10 Ceramic Tile Brands


Shaw Tile Flooring
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Shaw Tile Flooring

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Shaw captures the ancient art of ceramics in its versatile collection of ceramic and porcelain tile products. Seven of our porcelain tile collections are manufactured with the environment in mind. At Shaw Floors, we are committed to doing the right thing for the environment, and we partner with Eco-friendly suppliers who share in that commitment. Working with like-minded companies is crucial to creating a healthier ecosystem by reducing the amount of natural resources we consume. Learn More

Daltile® Tile
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Daltile® Tile

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Daltile is the country's leading manufacturer and distributor of ceramic, porcelain tile & natural stone. Built on a tradition of outstanding design, quality, and service, we set the standard for the entire industry. For over 70 years and counting, we answer the question WHY TILE? with trustworthy tile for floor, wall, and countertop that is proudly made in the USA. Learn More

Florida Tile
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Florida Tile

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Florida Tile products are one of the greatest values in the industry. Our reputation is built on providing reasonably priced, design rich products to the tile market. Florida Tile products come directly from the earth. Because of this, we are particularly aware of our responsibility to help preserve the beauty and health of our planet and all its natural resources. Learn More

American Olean® Tile
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American Olean® Tile

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Home is where the heart is, and American Olean is the trusted choice for residential projects. With countless, on-trend design options, the versatility and durability of American Olean tile make it easy to produce stylish, modern designs anywhere in your home. Learn More

Crossville Porcelain Tile
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Crossville Porcelain Tile

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As the first tile manufacturer in Tennessee (est. 1986), Crossville is the leading American manufacturer of beautiful, sustainable solutions that advance the frontiers of tile design. From introducing the nation’s first large-format porcelain tiles, to becoming the first and only net consumer of tile waste materials (meaning we recycle even more than we produce), to developing cutting-edge performance innovations that turn mere surfaces into “breathing” living environments—we are committed to pioneering products and practices that change the way the world views tile. Learn More

LAUFEN Tile
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LAUFEN Tile

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Laufen offers quality floor, wall and decorative tile throughout the U.S. market. With its expansive ceramic tile offering, Laufen continues to bring together its heritage of beautiful styling with its reputation for quality craftsmanship. Learn More

Emser Tile
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Emser Tile

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EMSER is the fashion leader in ceramic tile and natural stone. We are committed to providing the service and selection today’s marketplace demands. EMSER’S products are specified and installed in malls, hotels, educational facilities and other major projects throughout the United States. Learn More

Porcelanosa® Tile
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Porcelanosa® Tile

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Ambitious research and development projects have enabled us to release products on the market that have a high degree of added value: wall tiles, floor tiles and porcelain tiles. Learn More

Arizona Tile
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Arizona Tile

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Since 1977, Arizona Tile has searched the globe in pursuit of truly extraordinary surfaces. Whether you are building your dream kitchen, renovating an older space, or planning the addition of an outdoor living area, we have a wide range of materials to suit your specific design plans. Learn More

Vitromex® Tile
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Vitromex® Tile

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Vitromex® is a mexican company that belongs to the Grupo Industrial Saltillo. Since its foundation in 1967 we manufacture ceramic coverings for floor tiles and wall tiles, as well as sanitary-ware with the highest quality standards. Learn More

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Mohawk Ceramic Tile Installation with Chip Wade
If your approach to home improvement is DIY, then you want to ensure you're approaching every job fully equipped with the knowledge you need to do it right. When it comes to installing ceramic tile, there's a lot to know! HGTV's Chip Wade walks through every step of a Mohawk ceramic tile installation project, even down to the necessary preparation and the recommended type of tile for certain jobs.

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Ideology™
...Ideology™ fuses the timeless beauty of white marble with contemporary design. Available in three neutral colors, this refined ceramic tile collection has been updated with larger sizes, elegant geometric mosaics and decorative tiles...
Wood Trails
...Wood Trails, a high-density ceramic tile, is a beautiful wood inspired collection, offering a range of colors to suit any design style. The four colors cover the spectrum of popular and trendy colors: Appalachian Brown, Batona Gray, Glacier White and Pinells Beige. High Density ceramic tiles by Interceramic® are produced using advanced technology that allows ceramic products, such as Wo...
Montpellier
...Montpellier, a high-density ceramic tile, brings stunning marble design to ceramic tile. Montpellier reinvents the subtle veining and natural color variation found in marble. The soft transition of colors throughout the tile creates a feeling of soothing tranquility, elevating any design to a new level. High Density ceramic tiles by Interceramic® are produced using advanced technology t...
Floor Tile (glazed)
...Glazed ceramic tile has an impervious facial finish fused to a semi-vitreous (3.0% - 7.0% water absorption) ceramic body. The color of the tile is derived from the glaze layer, not from the tile body, as the body color can differ from the surface color. Glazed ceramic meets the needs of many installations at a reasonable cost...
Porcelain Tile
...iles is a state-of-the-art product that is gaining approval among homeowners, builders, and interior designers. Produced from super-fine porcelain clay and fired at a higher temperature than ordinary ceramic tile, porcelain flooring tiles are dense and strong and made for today's demanding commercial and residential applications both indoors and out. Available in glazed and unglazed, high-gloss an...
Ceramic Tile
...Ceramic tile makes an attractive addition to any room of the house. Most often found in kitchens and bathrooms, ceramic tile can also be used to decorate ceilings, showers, bathtubs, countertops, flooring, walls, and even outdoors. Decorative ceramic tile is also one of the most versatile design elements for an interior designer or decorator. The range of colors, multitude of textures and shape...
Hard Surface Flooring
...Hard flooring (not to be confused with "hardwood") is a family of flooring materials that includes concrete or cement, ceramic tile, glass tiles, and natural stone products. Ceramic tile are clay products which are formed into thin tiles and fired. Ceramic tiles are set in beds of mortar or mastic with the joints between tiles grouted. Varieties of ceramic tiles include quarry tile, por...