The criteria for floor tile in a bathroom are style, pattern and safety. You wouldn’t think that anyone would put tile in a bathroom that gets slippery when wet, but it happens! Be sure to request slip resistant tile. The best non-slip tile for showers are porcelain and natural stone.
After that, the sky is the limit depending on your budget and your style and color/ pattern preferences. So how to decide?
A nice contrast between the shower floor and the rest of the floor is a good place to start. This can be achieved with different tile in the shower, or if the shower has a low threshold, a nice white threshold will provide a distinct division between shower floor and outside the shower.
Homeowners with period homes may want to have a tile that reflects the era of the homes construction. This makes a seamless style throughout the home.
Selecting a tile that is easy to clean has definite advantages as well. Natural stone, glass and porcelain fit that requirement. Larger tiles have less grout to worry about as well.
So, there are some things to consider when making the decision to have your bathroom re-tiled. Your contractor can advise you as well, with installation costs vs. cost per square foot of the material. Laminates are looking better all the time, and can replace a more expensive tile, if you would rather spend more on fixtures than on flooring.