Tile Types

The Tile Mural Store is the only tile mural manufacturer that gives you the freedom and flexibility of so many tile choices. The following information will help you in choosing the right tile size, type and finish for your kitchen backsplash tile project or for your bathroom tile installation.

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or bathroom or building a brand new home and want that extra “something” we are here to help. By offering you so many tile choices you can be assured that your tile project will be the best it can be and so much more.

If you still have questions about the type of tile you should choose for your tile mural, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to assist in any way that I can.

Tile Choices For Tile Murals and Accent Tiles

We offer 3 tile type body choices for our Tile Murals and the Accent Tiles:

  • Smooth Surface Ceramic (with 3 finishes to choose from) – Ceramic tiles are our most popular tile type by far, and the ones we recommend most.
  • Stone Textured Porcelain with a satin finish.
  • Tumbled Marble Stone with a matte finish – must be sealed with a water based sealer and require sealing at regular intervals.

All Tile Murals and Accent Tiles share some common traits:

  • They all use the highest quality tile bodies available.
  • They are all suitable for indoor wall installations.
  • They are perfect for your kitchen backsplash behind a cooktop or sink.
  • They are perfect to use in a  shower as part of your shower/tub surround.
  • They are all suitable for outdoor wall installations in areas that are fully shaded year-round.  Outdoor murals that will receive any direct sunlight are available by special order.
  • They are easy to install just like regular wall tile with tile adhesive and unsanded grout (any color).
  • You will not choose a tile color because the artwork completely covers the surface of the tile.

Ceramic Tile Choices For Tile Murals and Accent Tiles

All our Ceramic Tiles have a smooth surface and straight edges. Common sizes are 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ (usually referred to as 4 inch) and 6″ x 6″. We can customize your tile mural or decorative tile accents and use 2″ x 2″, 6″ x 8″, 8″ x 10″, 8″ x 8″ or 12″ x 12″ tiles.

We use only high quality Dal-Tile (aka American Olean) tile bodies. You can purchase matching tile bodies at  or most any tile retailer nationwide.

All the ceramic tiles are 1/4″ thick (standard wall tile thickness). The 4 1/4″ and the 6″ tiles have built in spacers that hold the tiles apart by 1/16″ to give you a perfectly straight & even grout line. When installing these tiles we recommend that you do not use any additional spacers and just let the tiles space themselves with their handy built in spacers. Larger tile and tiles without spacers will generally be slightly smaller than the dimensions mentioned above to allow for grout.

The ceramic tiles are perfect for use on the wall for your kitchen backsplash, behind your cook top or sink, or in your bathroom as part of your shower or tub surround. Heat from a cooktop and humidity from a steamy shower have no ill effect on the image. The ceramic tiles can be cleaned daily with any mild detergent or cleaner and a soft sponge or cloth. The ceramic tiles are suitable for any indoor wall installation, and may be installed outdoors in fully shaded areas only. Use only unsanded grout (any color is fine) when installing these tiles. If you need tiles for the floor or for use outdoors in the direct sunlight and weather please call for additional information and options.

Ceramic Tile - Gloss Finish

Ceramic Glossy TileCeramic gloss tiles lend themselves to a modern and contemporary look and feel. These tiles have a very shiny finish. Notice the reflective nature of this tile finish in the bottom right corner of the image. The images on the high gloss tiles are bright and vibrant.  Glossy ceramic tiles are perfect for any kitchen backsplash or bathroom installation – especially for images of waterviews and sea life. If you are using a gloss tile or high shine glass tile to finish the rest of your space (field tile) then you’ll want to consider the high gloss tiles for your tile mural or decorative tile accents. When matching the tile body for your field tiles with your tile retailer, just ask for glossy tiles manufactured by Dal-Tile or American Olean to get a perfect match for your entire tile project.

Ceramic Tile - Satin Finish

Ceramic Satin TileWhen choosing ceramic tiles for your project, the most popular finish and the finish we recommend most is the satin finish. Ceramic satin tiles can be used for a contemporary or traditional theme. These tiles have a slightly shiny (like an eggshell) finish. Notice that the satin finish tiles are not reflective but still have that bit of shine that keeps the colors of your tile mural or decorative accent tiles bright and lively. Our satin finish tiles are the perfect choice when using a “store bought” matte or satin finish tile. Dal-Tile and American Olean call this finish “matte” but (not to be confusing here) you will want to use our satin finish tiles to match what they call a “matte” finish. Our satin finish tiles can also be used when you are installing a natural stone field but you want your tile mural to have a clean and bright unobstructed view. The satin finish ceramic tiles blend well with any field tile you choose to install whether it be ceramic or a natural stone.


Ceramic Tile - Matte Finish

Ceramic Matte TileCeramic matte tiles are used when you don’t want any shine at all. These tiles have a completely matte (stone like) finish.  These tiles are best used when you are using a natural stone tile like travertine or tumbled stone on the rest of your walls (field tile area) but you want a clean unobstructed view of your tile mural. Notice that the colors become somewhat muted and darker on this finish tile than the gloss or satin. If the mural you are considering is dark in color and nature but you don’t like a lot of shine to your tiles, we suggest the satin finish tiles as these matte finish tiles tend to darken already dark colors. The matte finish ceramic tiles are a great choice for a Tuscan, “Old World” or Country themed space. The matte finish for the ceramic tiles are difficult to match by your tile retailer unless you are using a completely matte natural stone product for your space.

Porcelain Tile - Satin Finish

Porcelain Satin TileThe Rialto Porcelain tiles are perfect for any indoor wall application and are perfectly at home behind your cooktop or in the bathroom as part of your shower/tub surround. Choose the porcelain tiles when you want a stone-like finish to your tile project but you don’t want to seal natural stone or you want a “cleaner” look than tumbled marble. These tiles have small nicks and pits in the face and textured/chiseled edges. We sometimes cannot get color into the deeper nicks/pits or chiseled edges – the base color of the tiles is white, so this is the color that will show through. The sides of the tiles are straight with rounded/radiused corners. The Rialto Porcelain tiles give your tile project an imperfect “Old World” or “Tuscan” feel and are also used when you want a rustic look for your area. The Rialto porcelain tiles have a slight satin finish (somewhere between satin and matte). The colors for your tile mural or decorative accent tiles will stay vibrant and crisp when you use these tiles.  Because these tiles are porcelain and not a true natural stone you never need to seal them and they are impervious to absorption. The porcelain tiles are 5/16″ thick Since these tiles are made in Italy they have actual dimensions of 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (called 6 x 6) and 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ (called 4 x 4). These tiles are suitable for any indoor wall installation and they may be installed outdoors in shaded areas only. Use only unsanded grout (any color is fine) when installing these tiles.

Marble Tile - Matte Finish

Marble Matte TileTumbled marble tiles are a natural stone and therefore they are porous and need to be sealed before you install them and then periodically thereafter. Tumbled marble tiles are not the best choice for wet/bathroom applications.  Tumbled marble stone tiles have distressed edges and corners and a completely matte finish. Keep in mind that natural stone has varying shades of color and even though you don’t see the tile color because the image colors completely cover the surface of the tiles – the shading does have an effect on the final image colors so when using the tumbled marble for a mural, there will be color tone and shade differential from tile to tile. They are 5/16″ thick and are nearly a true to 6″ x 6″ and 4″ x 4″ but may vary slightly from tile to tile. Because these tiles are not man made, there are shade differences in the tile body and the edges can sometimes be quite distressed. Every tile is different in its texture, veining and pitting. It is normal to have corners and edges that are chipped and ragged.  Some of the natural veining and shade variations of the tiles will show through the mural image. The colors of your tile mural and decorative accent tiles will be somewhat muted and toned down and soft (aged looking) when using the tumbled marble tiles. All these characteristics are what give the tumbled marble stone its appeal when you seek a Tuscan and Old World look and feel to your tile area. You can match our tumbled marble tile body with any natural stone field tile from your local tile store to complete your tile project. These tiles are suitable for any indoor wall installation and they may be installed outdoors in shaded areas only. Use only unsanded grout (any color is fine) when installing these tiles.

Solo Glass Tiles

Villagio Dal Lago-SK - SOLO Glass Tile

SOLO Glass backsplash tiles come in three sizes – 24″ wide x 18″ tall, 28″ wide x 20″ tall and 36″ wide x 24″ tall. Each solid glass backsplash sheet is tempered for safety and comes predrilled with 4 holes (one in each corner approximately 1″ in from the sides) to accommodate the chrome standoffs that are used to hold the solid sheet glass backsplash to the wall. Please see the easy installation instructions on the SOLO installation page.

Our SOLO solid piece of art glass tile is heat and impact resistant. And, with no grout lines, you don’t have to worry that splatters and splashes will cause staining because the glass is impervious to absorption. The glass backsplash tile is easy to clean with regular household glass cleaner.

Once the holes are drilled into your wall (you can even drill through any existing tile that you may have) you can easily change out the SOLO solid sheet-glass tile for the seasons and Holidays. If you are the type of person who likes change then the SOLO art glass sheet glass backsplash is PERFECT for you since you can quickly and easily change out the artwork anytime you like.

Our SOLO glass backsplash sheet glass tile beautifully integrates with today’s modern glass backsplash field tiles and also looks GREAT with ceramic, porcelain and tumbled marble field tiles as well.

The solid sheet glass backsplash is held to the wall by the (4) chrome standoffs (included) and “stand off” the wall by about 3/4″ giving your art glass a 3D effect

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