The Standard Wall Tile Size

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Choose 4 1/4-inch tile for a bathroom or kitchen.
Choose 4 1/4-inch tile for a bathroom or kitchen. (Image: Liquidlibrary/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Wall tile is a decorative way to add color and pattern to your bathroom, kitchen or living room design. Since most living spaces have parallel and perpendicular walls that create a square or rectangular room shape, the standard tile shape is square. Tile comes in a variety of sizes, but there are several standard sizes that complement most wall designs. Depending on the size of your room and your decorative motif, choose a tile size that coordinates with your living space.

4 1/4-Inch Square

According to Hometime.com, the most popular tile sold is 4 1/4-inch square tile. Choose this tile size if you want a medium-size tile that does not overpower your room. If your room is small, larger tile can appear overwhelming and visually reduce the size of your room. Opt for 4 1/4-inch tile in ceramic, porcelain, stone or slate for a contemporary room design. Avoid pastel colors that may appear outdated or old-fashioned.

12-Inch Square

Install 12-by-12-inch wall tile in large kitchens or oversized bathrooms. With large tile, there are fewer grout lines, creating a smoother, non-checkerboard wall design. Select a grout color that is one shade darker or one shade lighter than your 12-inch tile to further expand the size of the room. Choose earth-tone tiles with neutral grout lines for a warm and subtle room design.

18-Inch Square

Over the past decade, larger tiles have become a standard decorating trend. Opt for 18-inch wall tiles if you want to add drama and creativity to your living space. Install the large tiles at an angle, with a point facing upward like a diamond, for a fresh, modern motif. 18-by-18-inch tiles create an oversized decorative wall art design and are especially appealing with a Southwest, Mediterranean or Spanish interior design theme. This tile size also works well outdoors. Avoid 18-inch tile if you are decorating a small bathroom or an enclosed space.

1-Inch Square

Choose 1-by-1-inch tiles if you enjoy mosaic wall designs. Small standard 1-inch tiles come in a wide variety of colors that can be combined to create eye-catching wall designs. Organize small tiles into shapes, patterns and characters to create optical illusions and creative wall artwork. Mix and match related colors for a harmonious aquatic or artistic botanical theme. Small mosaic tiles are ideal for bathroom and kitchen backsplashes. Do not choose this small tile size if you dislike busy patterns and checkerboard designs. Avoid 1-inch tiles in large living rooms, great rooms or dens.

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