Tiled tub and shower surrounds have been very popular for many years. Choosing to apply tile for tub and shower surrounds offers an array of choices, both in terms of materials and of the type of visual effect you can achieve by choosing particular tile types and sizes or by combining, creating a mosaic or painting the tile.

If you decide to use tile, you will be able to choose between glazed and unglazed ceramic tile. Many colors and styles are designed and paired with accent and trim tiles in various finishes and sizes. Different sizes, shapes and colors can be combined to create patterns or mosaics in large areas. Images, design features, and evenRemodelOrMove.com: Bathroom Remodeling Workbook by Dan Fritschen murals can be painted on ceramic tiles, as well. Some size and color combinations can be purchased on larger sheets for easy installation.

Glass tile is another very attractive option for tub and shower surrounds. Whether the tiles are made of traditional glass or of recycled glass from soda bottles, the colors tend to be very rich and produce a variety of effects through color combinations or special effects created when the glass is made (such as ripples). Some tiles are opaque and some are almost transparent. In combination, they can create a stunning design.

Tiles can also be made with concrete or various kinds of natural stone or simulated or synthetic stone. Stone tiles cost less than a solid large piece of stone. Even metal tiles, included hammered tin, can be used to create unusual effects.

Tile can become costly to buy and install, especially when creating special designs and effects. To save time and money, you might consider acrylic panels that mimic stone or tile installations. These are much easier to install and maintain.