Using a Tile Shower Pan: How to Create a Bold, Trendy Shower

At one time, a shower pan was a purely functional—and usually quite unattractive—part of the shower that was used to keep the water in. Luckily, times have changed and a stunning tile shower pan can now help create a trendy and bold bathroom design. In fact, installing the right tile shower pan can set the tone for the entire bathroom space. When choosing a tile for your shower pan, use the following tips and tricks to guide you.

Go with Smaller Tile

Tile for a shower floor should be no larger than four inches. Small tile is more practical for this space, and subway and mosaic tiles work very well for this purpose. To create an exciting look and to add interest, choose larger tile for the shower walls that either matches the tile on the floor or is a contrasting color.

Opt for an Unusual Mosaic

The Timeless Collection provides a stunning look that could easily be used for a tile shower pan. For instance, you could place the hexagon mosaic decorative accent tile on the pan and lower wall of the shower. These come in 13 x 13 inch sheets, making them fast and easy to apply. The Timeless Collection has all the beauty of stone plus the ease of care and application of porcelain. To keep the space looking light and airy, go with the Marfil Cream option, which is a neutral, textured tile.

Photo features the Timeless Collection.

Incorporate a Pattern

The Archaeology collection offers a wealth of design possibilities when it comes to tiling a shower floor. This line offers a number of different multicolored patterns that instantly add texture and visual interest to any space. One great design idea would be to pair this floor with a coordinating field tile on the walls. Finish off the look by adding a stunning decorative trim on the wall. You can even coordinate the floor tile and the trim tile to create a really cohesive look.

Choose a Stone-Look Tile

San Savino field tile in the Greve option provides the rich look of stone in an easy-to-care-for long-wearing glazed porcelain tile. It also features a 2 x 2 inch square mosaic accent tile, which can be used in the shower pan alongside a slightly larger wall tile. If you want a more contemporary look, consider going with the Lounge14 collection. This modern, neutral tile can easily serve as the finishing touch to any tiled shower. Use a standard field tile on the walls and a coordinating Lounge14 Sidecar decorative accent mosaic as the shower pan.

Designing a great shower is easy when you incorporate a tiled shower pan and use your imagination. Start by choosing a neutral tile for the shower walls and then go with a smaller coordinating or contrasting tile for the shower pan. If you're feeling inspired, head to your local Marazzi distributor to see your options in person.