Selecting the Right Tiles for Your Shower

A browse through any tile shop will reveal a seemingly infinite number of options available to choose from – porcelain, ceramic, large, small, square, circular, rectangular, hexagonal, patterned, matte, glossy – the options are endless! If you have a leaking shower, renovating or re-tiling your shower isn’t necessarily the best option. My Shower specialises in innovative shower repair without removing tiles. Using premium Epoxy products, we can give old showers and new lease on life. However, sometimes a leak that has been left for too long can cause too much damage and in this case, you may need to re-tile your shower. Here’s a few things to consider when choosing new tiles.

Style and Decor

If you are looking for new bathroom shower tile ideas, the first step is to consider the design of your entire bathroom. Is it sleek and modern? Traditional, classic, contemporary, or coastal? From light fixtures to tapware and fittings, the overall style should help you you determine your shower tile selection.


Generally, you shouldn’t use large tiles in a small shower space as it can make the area look smaller. Additionally, larger tiles have less grout lines which can make the space more slippery. A small tile design has a greater amount of grout between the tiles and creates better grip for your feet. If choosing a larger tile, look for anti-slip options that provide more friction between your feet and the floor.


Lighter hues such as white, cream, or light grey reflect more light than darker colours which helps to make the space look bigger. This is useful if your shower is small. If you want to add a hint of colour then the shower is the perfect place to incorporate it – using a bright, bold, or unique tile at the back of a shower recess adds a little splash of colour without overwhelming the room.


Tiles can be laid in many different ways – from herringbone and horizontal stack to vertical brick bond, French pattern, Chevron, offset, 45-degree brick bond any many more. If you want your shower to stand out and be a feature, then choosing a different tile layout to the rest of the bathroom is a great way to do this. If you want to make your shower look bigger, rectangular tiles laid horizontally will give the illusion that the shower walls are wide than they are. The same tile laid vertically can make the space look taller.


When tiling a shower considering slip resistance is vital. Steer clear of glossy finishes on the floor. Natural stone tiles in a honed finish, and ceramic or porcelain tiles with slip-resistant options are recommended for a higher level of safety.

By carefully considering your options, you can create a shower space that is sophisticated, spacious, safe, and complementary to your whole bathroom design.

The Importance of Waterproofing Before You Tile

If you are re-tiling your shower, it is so important to ensure that it is correctly waterproofed before any tiles are laid. Showers are notorious for water leaks, and as such they require special attention and preparation to prevent water and moisture from seeping through to underlying structures. An appropriate waterproofing membrane should be professionally applied to ensure the best result.

Do You Have a Leaky Shower?

Don’t tear your bathroom apart and replace your whole shower – we can help with fast and cost-effective shower lead repairs and the best part is you won’t need to remove any tiles. Proudly WA owned and operated, we specialise in leak repair and waterproofing services. Using world-class Epoxy products carrying a 25-year guarantee, for a high-quality shower seal, Perth homes and businesses rely on us. Get a free quote online now or get in touch with our team by calling 1300 055 088.