Tile Options

When it comes to picking tile, there are plenty of choices. Here's a rundown of some popular types of tile available.
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Tile is available in marble, stone and ceramic. You can find mosaic tiles as well as handmade, hand-molded and hand-painted tile.

The most common are 4-inch builder-basic ceramic tiles, often used in kitchens and bathrooms.

Larger tiles are also available, and some have a wavy surface for added dimension.

Tiles may be ornately decorated or distressed to give the look of worn stone, common in European settings.

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Tiling Outdoors

Ceramic tile installed outdoors must be highly slip-resistant and able to withstand freeze-thaw cycles. Look for tile specifically formulated for the outdoors, which is dense with low absorption ratings. Tile usually requires a sealant to protect the grout from cracking.

Attach Pineapple Paper

Place the cut out pineapple paper on the center of a square ceramic tile.

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Mediterranean Inspired Tile Accent Wall

Mosaic tile can add a rich look to your space. Try it as an accent in the shower or tub area, or as a backsplash in a half bath to bring life to your space the way this mediterranean inspired accent wall adds life to this bathroom.

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Bathtub with a Neutral Mosaic Tile Surround

A white bathtub with a neutral mosaic tile bath surround is shown, as seen on DIY Network's Bath Crashers.

Bathroom Sink with Neutral Mosaic Tile Backsplash

A bathroom sink with a neutral mosaic tile backsplash is shown, as seen on DIY Network's Bath Crashers.

After Photo Upstairs Balcony

The second floor balcony and ceiling can be seen from the first floor great room so it was imperative the design would continue all the way upstairs. The team removed the upstairs carpet and replaced it with new hardwood floors. The black iron work railing was then refinished in a pale gold trim. The pendant lights installed draw your eye up to the newly finished ceiling which was customized with faux tin tile. Creating an impressive entranceway to the upstairs bedroom as well as a good impression upon entering the home.

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Tin Dining Room Ceiling

When decorating, don't overlook your ceiling. With some simple calculating and installing, this faux tin ceiling makes a dramatic impact. This project utilizes authentic looking faux tin tiles that are easier to cut and more cost effective.

Modern Black Tile Shower

A modern shower with black subway tile is shown, as seen on DIY Network's Bath Crashers.

After Photo Pool

The Vanilla Ice Project has turned this once overgrown backyard into a Florida paradise. The old landscaping has been removed and the view completely opened up. The back exterior now features a pool with a pool bar as well as its own putting green.

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Sand Colored Powder Room With White Vessel Sink Atop a Carved Wood Moroccan Vanity

Sand colored wall-to-wall glass tiles and a turquoise ceiling are combined to create an exotic, spa like feel in this Moroccan inspired powder room with a carved wood cabinet and white ceramic vessel sink. A Moroccan mirror and lantern further the oasis ambiance


If you like the look of slate but are working with a limited budget, consider ceramic tile made to look like slate. One benefit of this tile is that it's maintenance-free; however, slate tiles must be sealed periodically to prevent moisture damage.

Limestone tiles provide an attractive surface. Like many natural tile products, however, they must be sealed every two years or so to prevent stains.

For a unique look, use hand-molded tiles. These tiles often have a wavy appearance and some variation in color. Some handmade tiles have colored glazes that allow the tile's natural color to show through in places.

Small tiles may be used to create intricate patterns known as mosaics. Mosaics are usually handmade and are used as focal points in a tile wall or floor.

Relief liners are decorative liners that can be used at the edges of a tile installation. A variety of liners are available, ranging from builder-basic to hand-painted and mosaic. Typical builder-basic liners cost about $2 each; mosaic liners can cost more than $18 each.

If you like the look of decorative tiles but find the cost prohibitive, mix decorative tiles with less expensive plain tiles. The result often looks better than a full installation of decorative tiles.

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