Matt vs glossy tiles: which are best for your shower - Hyperion Tiles

Matt vs glossy tiles: which are best for your shower

How matt tiles or gloss versions can enhance or detract from your shower

When renovating or designing a bathroom, one of the most important decisions is choosing the right type of tiles for the shower. Tiles add to the bathroom's aesthetic appeal and affect the shower's functionality and safety. Among the different types of tiles available, matt and glossy tiles are two popular options. In this article, I will explore the pros and cons of matt and glossy tiles to help you make an informed decision.

matt tiles and gloss tiles Original Style from Hyperion Tiles

Original Style Alamo Ash Rectified Glazed Matt Porcelain Tiles

 The pros and cons of matt tiles for showers


  1. Non-reflective finish

 Original Style Off White Matt Tiles Glazed Ceramic

Original Style View Off White Matt Glazed Ceramic Tiles

Matt tiles provide a non-reflective finish that can give your bathroom a more subdued and understated look. This can be a great option if you prefer a more natural and organic feel in your bathroom.

2. Better grip

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Bert & May Carmona Marron Tiles

Matt tiles offer a better grip and slip resistance, making them a safer option for shower floors. This can be especially important in households with children or elderly individuals, where safety is a top priority.

  1. Low maintenance
    Original Style Edem Pergola Matt Glazed Ceramic TilesOriginal Style Eden Pergola Matt Glazed Ceramic Tiles

These tiles are less prone to showing smudges, fingerprints, and watermarks, making them easier to maintain and keep clean. This can be a great option if you want a low-maintenance bathroom that looks great with minimal effort.


  1. Prone to staining

They can be more prone to staining and discolouration, especially if improperly sealed. This can be a problem if you have hard water or live in an area with high mineral content.

  1. Requires frequent cleaning

Matt tiles may require more frequent cleaning than glossy tiles, as dirt and grime can be more visible on a matte surface. This can be a drawback if you have little time for cleaning or prefer a low-maintenance bathroom.

  1. Less reflective

These tiles may not be as reflective as glossy tiles, which can make your bathroom feel smaller and darker. This can be a problem if you have a small bathroom or want to create a bright and airy feel in your space.

The pros and cons of glossy tiles for showers

Metro Verde Botella Gloss Tiles - stocked by Hyperion Tiles

Metro Verde Botella Gloss Tiles


  1. Reflective finish

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Glossy tiles have a highly reflective finish, making your bathroom feel brighter and more spacious. This can be especially beneficial if you have a small bathroom or want to create a brighter, more airy feel.

  1. Durable

Original Style Mini Pink Gloss Hexagon Tiles

Original Style Mini Pink Gloss Hexagon Tiles

These tiles are more resistant to staining and discolouration than matte tiles, making them a durable and long-lasting option. This can be a great choice if you want to invest in a bathroom that will look great for years to come.

 3. Easy to clean

Original Style Montblanc Brick Emerald Gloss Tiles

Original Style Montblanc Brick Emerald

Glossy tiles are easy to clean and maintain, as they do not show dirt and grime as easily as matt tiles. This can be a great option if you want a low-maintenance bathroom that looks great with minimal effort.


  1. Slippery

Glossy tiles can be slippery when wet, making them a less safe option for shower floors. This can be a concern if you have young children, elderly individuals, or anyone with mobility issues in your household.

2. Shows smudges and watermarks

These tiles show smudges, fingerprints, and watermarks more easily than matt tiles, which can require more frequent cleaning. This can be a drawback if you prefer a low-maintenance bathroom or only have a little time for cleaning.

3. Sterile appearance

Glossy tiles may only be suitable for some bathroom styles, as their highly reflective finish can make a bathroom feel too sterile or cold. This can be a problem if you prefer a more natural or rustic look in your bathroom.


Tile size for shower walls

Signature Sigma Perla Gloss Tiles

Signature Sigma Perla Gloss Tiles

Regarding shower walls, larger designer tiles are often preferred as they provide a clean and streamlined look. Mosaic tiles should be reserved for the shower floor, as they can create a busy and overwhelming visual when used on walls. Using tiles at most 4 x 4 inches for shower walls is recommended, as they can make the space feel cramped and busy. However, depending on the bathroom design project, tiles as large as 15 x 30 inches can be used for walls to create a grand and contemporary look. Ultimately, the size of the tiles chosen should complement the overall aesthetic and functionality of the bathroom.

Tips for maintaining your shower tiles


Signature Bahia Blue Gloss Tiles Hyperion Tiles

Signature Bahia Blue Gloss Tiles

Tip 1: Regular cleaning

Cleaning your shower tiles regularly is essential to prevent grime buildup. We recommend cleaning your tiles at least once a week. Use a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and a soft-bristled brush to scrub the tiles gently. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive tools that can damage the tiles.

Tip 2: Use a squeegee

Using a squeegee after each shower can prevent water stains and soap scum buildup on your shower tiles. It's a simple and effective way to keep your tiles looking fresh and clean. We suggest storing a squeegee in your shower for easy access.

Tip 3: Seal the grout 

Grout is a porous material that absorbs water and becomes discoloured or damaged over time. Sealing the grout is essential to prevent water from seeping in and causing damage. We recommend using a grout sealer and reapplying it every six months.

Tip 4: Address mould and mildew

Mould and mildew can harm your shower tiles and your health. They can cause discolouration, staining, and even damage to your graphic tiles. We suggest using a mould and mildew cleaner and ensuring proper ventilation in your bathroom to prevent this sort of growth.

Tip 5: Repair chips and cracks

If addressed, chips and cracks in your shower tiles can lead to further damage. They can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and mould. I recommend using a tile repair kit or hiring a professional to fix any damage.

The bottom line

Choosing between matt and glossy tiles for your shower requires careful consideration of several factors, including design, safety, and maintenance requirements. While both types of tiles have pros and cons, the ultimate decision will depend on your preferences and needs. By following these tips for maintaining your shower tiles, you can ensure that your bathroom looks great and functions well for years to come.

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Which tile finish is more slip-resistant in a shower?

Matt tiles are generally more slip-resistant than gloss tiles, especially when wet. They provide better traction, reducing the risk of slipping in the shower. Browse our collections to find the perfect tiles for your project.