How to tile a shower with porcelain stoneware

March 30, 2023

How to tile a shower with porcelain stoneware

by Sara Costi

Choosing the right shower tiles may not be that simple, given the vast array of solutions on the market. But there’s a material that can ensure hygiene, durability, and functionality better than any other: porcelain stoneware. In addition, porcelain stoneware tiles are beautiful and have a colour palette that allows them to fit into any interior design style.

Flooring: Spazio Beige – Coverings: Spazio Beige and Mix strip tiles

What colour and laying pattern should you choose for your shower tiles?

When choosing the tiles for your shower, you need to consider several aspects, like the size of the bathroom and the shower itself, natural light (if any), and the style you’re aiming for.

Casalgrande Padana’s porcelain stoneware tile collections include a wide range of textures, 400 colours, and 45 formats – square, rectangular, hexagonal, and even special shapes – for creative combinations and layouts. As a result, you can opt for a straight, end-to-end, or diagonal laying pattern and use a few tricks to make the space look bigger. Our tip is to make the most of the surfaces available by choosing a traditional laying pattern with minimal grout lines. This way, you’ll create a beautiful seamless enclosure.

Coverings: Architecture Cool Grey Gloss and Architecture C mosaic tiles

Alternatively, you could play with contrasts of shapes, colours and materials. For example, you could install wall tiles in a shade that hints at the sea and its foam and white or light floor tiles.

Flooring: Pietre di Sardegna Porto Rotondo - washbasin wall coverings: Brickworks Nuances Neve Shower tiles: Brickworks Nuances Neve and Nuances Aliseo
Flooring: Marmoker Statuario Grigio - Coverings: Atelier Indaco. Shower tiles and shower tray: Atelier Indaco mosaic tiles

If your bathroom is small and narrow, you’ll need to find a way to maximise its potential while creating an elegant room where details make all the difference. We recommend aiming for warm or cool neutral shades, which are nice and airy and add character without too many decorative elements. For example, ultramarine blue is a perfect alternative to more traditional sand, taupe, and grey shades. However, it needs to be used carefully since darker colours absorb more light, making the space look smaller. An effective workaround is to alternate blue tiles with others in a lighter colour, for example, from the R-Evolution collection.

Why you should choose large-format tiles for your shower

Large-format porcelain stoneware tiles (90×90 cm, 90x180 cm, up to 120x60, 120x120 cm, 120x240 cm, and 278x320 cm) are practical because they’re non-absorbent and easy to clean. In addition, they’re beautiful, thanks to the absence of grout lines. The wide range of marble, concrete, wood, and stone effects meet any aesthetic demand and allow these tiles to fit into any interior design style to create elegant, contemporary spaces. Irregular fragments, random patterns, and geometric motifs become decorative elements that give life to beautiful, seamless surfaces that look like a natural carpet.

Marble’s sophisticated streaks and colours filled with light come to life in Casalgrande Padana’s porcelain stoneware tiles for beautiful and functional contemporary spaces.

Flooring and coverings: Onice Perla
Flooring: Supreme Dark - Coverings: Supreme Grey Lucido

Concrete-effect tiles are in high demand for creating metropolitan or urban chic spaces. This porcelain stoneware tile range features soft textures and neutral shades, such as white, sand, tobacco, taupe, light grey, and anthracite grey, which, in addition to the classic concrete-inspired colours, make it perfect for creating striking uninterrupted surfaces.

Flooring and coverings: Beton Ivory
Flooring and coverings: Metropolis Silver
Flooring: Cemento Grigio Rasato - Coverings: Cemento Grigio Cassero and strip tiles

If you want to transform your bathroom into a relaxation area, we recommend installing wood-effect plank tiles with minimal grout lines on the walls and floor to add a warm and elegant yet functional touch to the room.

If you’re in love with Zen-style interior design, you should aim for a minimalist, welcoming, relaxing, yet functional bathroom that inspires tranquillity and wellbeing. Here’s a stunning example of a bathtub accompanied by a large shower fitted between walls tiled with large-format porcelain stoneware tiles from the Limpha collection. These gorgeous tiles inspired by climbing plants bring nature into your home.

Flooring: Petra Bianco – Coverings: Limpha Gelsomino and Brickworks Petra Bianca

Maximum hygiene with the Bios Antibacterial® treatment

Bios Antibacterial® is Casalgrande Padana’s exclusive silver-based treatment that helps eliminate 99% bacteria from the tiles’ surfaces. This antibacterial treatment is incorporated permanently into the porcelain stoneware tiles. It’s always active in the light and dark and doesn’t need UV radiation to be activated. Bios Antibacterial® uses a technology based on silver ions, which removes bacteria and prevents their proliferation by inhibiting bacterial metabolism. Its effectiveness has been tested on the four main bacterial strains. Laboratory tests have shown that Bios Antibacterial® can remove 99% of the four main bacterial strains (Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa). In addition to its bactericidal properties, Bios Antibacterial® prevents mould, yeasts, and fungi, ensuring salubrious spaces that are also pleasant to the nose even if there’s no light. The treatment is embedded into the tiles before they are fired, becoming an integral part of them. Unlike other treatments applied once the tiles are cold after being fired, Casalgrande Padana’s antibacterial treatment is wear-resistant and lasts over time.

Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware tiles are guaranteed and certified. They are one of the most advanced and versatile solutions modern architecture offers, fitting into any style and meeting any need. In addition, Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware tiles are an innovative decorative element, perfect for kitchen countertops and other furnishings.

These tiles are made solely with natural raw materials. They are environmentally sustainable, non-absorbent, fire-resistant, and non-allergenic. Moreover, they are easy to lay and clean and withstand flexure and temperature fluctuations.

Coverings: Amazzonia Dragon White mosaic tiles
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