Matt Tiles V Gloss Tiles

December 1, 2017

I often get asked the difference between gloss and matt tiles but deep down everyone knows the basics just from doing something as simple as painting a wall. Most of it is common sense but we try to deep dive into alternatives and modern techniques in tackling the age old choice. Most bathroom renovations we do in Perth use i would say seventy percent gloss wall tiles and ninety percent matt floor tiles, this however is not 100% accurate but it is pretty close. Below we will give the best pros and cons of matt v gloss tiles.




Pros and Cons Of Matt Bathroom Tiles

Matt tiles are better suited to larger bathrooms and those with exceptional lighting design. They do not make a room appear smaller, but unlike gloss tiles, they do not open up the room as light is not able to reflect off the matt surface.


These types of tiles like you can see from this bathroom renovation in Leeming, Western Australia below allow for the fittings and borders to pop as the more dull surface isn't over powered by a gloss finish



Matt tiles are preferred as floor tiles because they do not present the same slip-and-fall factor that comes with gloss tiles. Once again, the non-reflective, slightly dulled appearance is the result of a finishing glaze.


 Although matt tiles are a popular choice for the floor of your bathroom, you can use these tiles on the walls too. Matt tiles do not reveal smudges and dried water droplets easily which makes them ideal for busy bathrooms, especially those in holiday homes where cleaning is not on the daily agenda. The biggest con i have found however they are a lot more prone to be scratched or marked which gets picked up easily on the more dulled surface.  I have also believed that the best use of a matt bathroom tile is the bathroom renovation below we did in Ballajura that uses wood look tiles. This finish is a clean and bold renovation that in the smallest of rooms feel special 



Pros and Cons Of Gloss Bathroom Tiles


Gloss tiles are the shiny, light reflecting tiles you’d typically expect to find in smaller bathrooms. The reflection of these tiles opens up small spaces and allows limited light to bounce back and forth around the room. The gloss finish is in the glaze, so any type of tile can be sold this way.



Although sometimes used for floors, gloss tiles are better suited to walls, especially in home that often retain plenty of moisture when in use. However, they can be used for some floors if cared for correctly. Anti-slip tiles will help to prevent any problems with slipping if the floor gets a little bit wet.


Gloss tiles are particularly easy to clean, provided that this is regularly done. If left to dry, water and soap droplets become difficult to remove and quite obvious to the eye. To some extent, colour will also influence how much you see, but regular cleaning will prevent water and soap stains, and will keep your tiles looking sparkling new. The bathroom below based in Armadale, Western Australia uses a gloss white wall tile and gloss glass feature wall 


Why Not Have Both? 


You can combine matt finish and gloss finish tiles in your bathroom. Indeed, this is perfect for smaller bathrooms, to create light and texture. Although you can use matt finish tiles throughout the bathroom, gloss tiles are not usually suitable for wet room floors as they can be slippery. When making elderly or handicapped friendly bathrooms its often the best can scenario to go with a matt flooring we however in Perth have a certain range of floor tiles that has a non slip feel but a high gloss finish. Below is a bathroom renovation in Canning Vale, Western Australia that has both. The others are bathrooms in Perth that use gloss walls and matt feature walls.





Most bathrooms will use a matt tile on the floor and a gloss on the wall. The basic reason for this is 1. matt tiles are generally non slip and in a water based room slipping is a real concern and 2. gloss white tiles feel brand new and make a room feel bigger. These two aspects will make up the mind for a client who is picking for there bathroom renovation. Though as we have covered you can mix and match with new trends that take a little planning and a little risk but often provide a big reward 

All bathrooms are different with no two ever the same so it's important to take our advice as just a guide to help you along the way. The advice we give is based on bathrooms completed in Perth WA. We at on the ball bathrooms love feed back. Let us know what you think, experiences you have had or any questions you would love to know the answer to. We will aim to help or give any piece of mind we can as nothing would make us happier. If you are looking for a bathroom renovations quote and you live in Perth, Western Australia please don't hesitate to send us an email at or give us a call on 0419964678.  


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