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Spectacular Showers with Mexican Tile

Posted by Andrew Kayner on

When you first wake in the morning it can be a drudge to start your day off the right way.  Your environment can influence your mood and your energy level. 

Studies have shown that waking to bright colors--comforter, walls, curtains--can actually increase your mental agility, increase confidence, and just plain make you happier. Want to be happier when you wake each morning? Try greens and yellows. For a calming feel, try blues. Wake up to reds and violets for more energy.

Most people spend the first part of their day in the bathroom, and more often in the shower.  Why not use this room of your house to help set the mood for the day, and bring a new level of happiness to you and your family? 

Here are five ways that you can use Mexican tile in your shower to help create that perfect feeling!

The goal is to break up large expanses of field tile:

Selecting Colors:

The color of your tile will set the mood.  In general, the brighter the color the more energy and excitement it reflects.  Here is a quick guide that defines colors to moods:

Red raises the room’s energy level.  The most intense color, it pumps the adrenaline like no other hue

Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where it is energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming.

Blue is said to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate. That is why it is considered calming, relaxing and serene, and it is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms.

Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited for almost any room on the house.

Orange evokes excitement and enthusiasm, and is an energetic color.

Neutrals (black, gray, white and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All-neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down.

When designing your shower, we recommend darker colors on the bottom and lighter colors on the top. 

Thank you to freshhome for their description of colors and moods

You can learn more about the psychology of color at 

Sizes and shapes:

Another proven way to break up expanses of tile is to use different sizes and shapes of tile.  Square tile can be arranged in a horizontal layout, or a diamond layout.  You may want to choose tiles such as subway tile that is rectangular. It’s best to use smaller tiles on smaller showers and larger tiles on larger showers. 

Decorative lines:

Decorative lines such as rope, corniza or pencil trim is a great way to break up a pattern of tile.  The ideal location of the horizontal line is either at waist height or shoulder height.  Many of our most popular shower tile colors have an accompanying trim tile in the same or complimentary color.


A mural is considered to be the pinnacle of style in a shower.  You can choose from our selection of Mexican murals, or you may want to create your own mural out of individual tiles, the choice is up to you!

Decorative borders:

Borders create a break between edges of tile, they are often found on the bottom line of tile, just above the floor; or at the top of a wall, just below the ceiling.  Borders are also welcome additions to the threshold of the shower.

Need more ideas?  Feel free to contact one of our expert tile design consultants for a free design consultation. 

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