Six Tile Ideas for Bedroom Floors

  • 01 of 07


    Ceramic Tile in a Bedroom
    Ceramic Tile in a Bedroom. Inti St Clair / Getty Images

    Homeowners accept tile in the kitchen and bathroom.  With its durability and zero-maintenance nature, ceramic tile was practically made for kitchens.  And tile lends itself well to bathrooms since tile performs better than many other flooring materials in high-moisture environments. Tile, too, works great in entryways and mudrooms, because tile cleans up so easily.

    Bedrooms, however, are not the place most people think of using ceramic tile since they are typically intended to feel warm and soft. It may feel almost antithetical to the nature of a bedroom to floor it with hard, cold, sterile tile.

    But there are reasons to rethink this:

    • Radiant heating. Ceramic tile is the perfect surface for installing electric heating mats to make a floor that oozes warmth underfoot. 
    • New tile styles. New types of tile, especially porcelains, can create an amazingly warm and friendly tone in a bedroom. Some porcelain tiles, for example, can masterfully mimic the look of wood. 

    Here are six design ideas for using ceramic tile in a bedroom: 

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  • 02 of 07

    Wood-Look Plank Tile

    This Bedroom Ceramic Looks Like Wood
    This Bedroom Ceramic Looks Like Wood. © Bedrosian's

    One great way to visually warm up tile in the bedroom is to use wood-look tile. Manufacturers in recent years have become adept at producing tile with the look of oak, birch, walnut, cherry, pine, and more species, all in a variety of stains.  

    You're looking at Bedrosian's Barrique Series (Vert) of glazed color full-body porcelain floor tiles.  These come in 4" by 24" and 8" by 24" plank sizes.

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  • 03 of 07

    Cool Caramel Porcelain

    Tile in Bedroom
    Tile From Bedrosians. (c) Bedrosians; By Courtesy of Bedrosians

    Check out this clean look for a bedroom, using 24" square porcelain tiles.

    To warm up bedroom tile, consider installing electric radiant floor heating. Embedded below the tile surface, radiant heating takes the chill off a ceramic tile floor  This image features Caramel 24" x 24" and 8" x 16"ceramic tile from Bedrosian's.

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  • 04 of 07

    Running Bond Pattern with Rectangular Tile

    12 x 24 Infinite Brown Tile In a Bedroom
    12 x 24 Tile In a Bedroom. © Bedrosian's

    If you want to break up the tile routine in bedrooms, consider breaking out of the box. Or maybe we should say, break out of the square.

    Square tile has been overused for years.  In just the last five years, large rectangular 12" x 24" ceramic tile, such as this one from Bedrosian's (it's called Infinite Brown), have exploded onto the marketplace, along with their elongated cousins, ceramic tile plank.

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  • 05 of 07

    Large Format Marble Look-Alike

    Beige 20 x 20 Bedroom Tile
    This Bedroom Goes Beige. © Bedrosian's

    Flooring takes the back seat in this bedroom installation.  This big-scale 20" x 20" ceramic tile admirably does the job of providing a durable, easy-to-clean floor covering, and one that is attractive and cost-effective. 

    This comes from Bedrosian's and it's simply called Beige (TCRILL50C). It is designed to resemble the look of natural marble tiles, but are far more affordable. 

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  • 06 of 07

    Porcelain Mimicking Wood

    Wood? Not, This Bedroom Flooring Is Porcelain Tile
    Wood? Not, This Bedroom Flooring Is Porcelain Tile. © Bedrosian's

    If you want tile in your bedroom, try a warm and friendly porcelain tile that looks amazingly like wood.  Only in rare instances are wood-look tiles from cheap, bargain outlets worth it; they look awful because the wood grain is repetitive and poorly printed. For these wood- or stone-look porcelain tiles, you're better off going to a good tile outlet. This one is from Bedrosian's.

    The explosion of porcelain tiles is one of the biggest developments in flooring, as porcelain can be fabricated to resemble many different materials. 

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  • 07 of 07

    Rustic Terra Cotta

    Tile in Bedroom
    (c) Dal-Tile

    Historically, terra cotta is a kind of early form of ceramic tile. It is an unglazed, red-toned stone with porous surfaces. Originally, it was cured by simple sun-baking, though now terra cotta tiles are generally oven-baked. Ceramic tiles generally have the same clay core as terra cotta but have a glazing surface applied to them before baking. 

    However, the porous tiles shown here are not true terra cotta, but a ceramic tile that's intended to look like classic terra cotta. The advantage is that these will be less porous and will hold up better than genuine terra cotta. 

    Dal-Tile's Terra Antica line is a perfect fit for the bedroom. It's classic simulated terra cotta look provides texture and comfort to any bedroom. This bedroom features Terra Antica in 12" x 12" Bruno from Dal-Tile.  This installation also includes Bruno Deco Border and Corner.