Light Vs Dark Tiles: Which Is Right For Your Shower Space?

There are a few important things to consider when it comes to what tiles to use in your bathroom. For instance, you need to decide what style, size, and color of tiles you want to create the perfect shower space. To help you narrow down the latter, you can start by comparing the differences between light and dark tiles while figuring out which is right for your particular home. In fact, there are certain details about your specific shower that will determine which tiles are the best option for your beautiful abode.

Before you opt for either, keep in mind whether you have a large shower or something smaller — and whether it's an airy space or an area that's a little more cozy. On top of that, note what kind of light it gets from natural sunniness from a nearby window or an overhead fixture. Does your shower have any unique features or an established style that you want to work with, or would you like to change everything up? That's not to mention thinking about the time, energy, and ability you may or may not be able to devote to the potential upkeep that each choice may require (or not).

Although this might seem like a lot, you can make things easier by taking a look at both the pros and cons of light tiles versus dark tiles for your shower space, and they might end up affecting your decision.

Pros of light and dark shower tiles

Finding yourself drawn to dark shower tiles is understandable when you consider how sleek they look. They also tend to give your space a contemporary style that can be chic and mature as well as a bold choice that either sets your shower area apart or keeps it on-trend when it comes to the other aspects of the room. As for practical matters, tiles that are on the darker side can make dirt and grime less obvious, so you don't have to dive into a deep clean as often or replace them sooner rather than later. This is obviously ideal if you have a shower space with clear doors or a see-through shower curtain that won't hide anything unsightly.

That's not to say that light tiles don't have their own perks. They're an option that will look clean and fresh when first installed and remain so if you give it proper TLC to keep it looking pristine. Beyond that, tiles that are white, cream, or lighter shades of blue, grey, pink, or whatever catches your eye can be a classic choice that might also be perfect for a space that boasts a boho vibe, minimalist look, or spa-like aesthetic. Finally, if your shower is small or cramped, then a lighter color can make it seem roomier.

But wait! Don't forget about the cons of both light and dark shower tiles because there definitely are a few of those as well.

Cons of light and dark shower tiles

No matter how much you love the thought of filling your shower space with dark tiles, there are a few reasons why that might not be a good idea. In the same way that light colors can make an area look bigger, dark shades can make it seem smaller. If you have a shower that's compact, then dark tiles can be a risk. This also applies to showers that don't get a lot of light — dark colors may make it feel like an uncomfortably cramped and shadowy cave.

Although light tiles can make your shower space much brighter, they also require more upkeep. You'll want to avoid letting anything build up on the tiles as residue will be more visible. The same may go for any cracks, dings, or chips that occur along the way. That might mean you need to replace them more often. Swapping them out might also become necessary due to the fact that lighter tiles like stark white can look dated, especially if you have an all-white bathroom.

If you're willing to make adjustments to the space, then you might be able to address these potential problems and still go with either light or dark tiles — even if they don't currently suit your shower. However, just be sure to keep each factor in mind before you commit to a color.