Choosing tiles - Tile Types & Finishes

There is a huge selection of tiles in every colour of the rainbow and every shape you could imagine available on the market today. Choosing the perfect tile for your bathroom renovation can often involve many hours of intense research. We’ve found that having a bit of general knowledge around the tile basics helps customers narrow down and select their bathroom tiles, which is why we’ve put together this handy Tile Selection Guide.

In this section we cover the range of tile types as well as the different tile finishes available.

If you’d like some professional guidance when you’re choosing tiles for your bathroom renovation, contact our Brisbane tiling team today.

There are a range of different tile types available, including:

  • Ceramic.
  • Porcelain.
  • Stone.

Rectified tiles

Rectified tiles are cut to size accurately from large tile slabs, with a very slight bevel on the edge. This allows a tighter 1.5mm joint as the edge is square and straight.

Non-rectified tiles

Non-rectified tiles are made in a press to the size and shape needed. This style has the appearance of a larger joint when laid, due to the rounded edge.

Timber-look tiles

Timber-look tiles are made from porcelain and are most commonly a rectified tile. A great alternative to real timber, timber-look tiles are easy to maintain, removing the risk of scratching or the need to periodically re-sand and finish. Your tiler would lay these tiles in a staggered pattern with a 1.5mm joint to imitate real timber flooring. 

Timber-look tile sizes - usually 150x600mm – 200x1200mm or larger in size.

Ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles are a glazed tile available in a gloss or matt finish. These are most commonly pressed edge tiles. Ceramic tiles are glazed in a huge variety of colours, including concrete, marble, and natural stone look prints. If you’re looking for a cost-effective option, ceramic tiles are a great choice.

Ceramic tile sizes include - 300x300mm, 400x400mm.

Porcelain tiles

Porcelain tiles are a rectified edge tile available in polished, Lappato (semi-polished), and matt finish. Porcelain is a much harder tile than ceramic, are low maintenance, moisture-repellent, and resistant to wear making them a great choice for high traffic areas. 

Porcelain tiles come in many different appearances such as concrete, marble, and natural stone, and can be laid in various patterns to give a more natural look.

Porcelain tile sizes include - 300x600mm, 600x600mm, 450x900mm, 600x1200mm.

Stone tiles

Natural stone tiles are available in honed or polished finishes in a range of stone options including marble, granite, and travertine. Your tiler can lay the stone tiles in various patterns to give a more natural look to your floor or walls.

Stone tile sizes include - many sizes and thicknesses; from 300x300mm, 300x600mm, 600x600mm, 450x900mm, 600x1200mm.

Tile finishes

Tile finishes explained:

  • Gloss glazed finish: Ceramic or porcelain tile option. Features - easy to clean, reflect light.
  • Polished finish: Porcelain or natural stone tile option. Features - smooth and polished, unglazed, easy to clean, highly reflective surface. 
  • Lappato finish: Porcelain tile option. Features - a semi-polished tile (honed), it is designed to give the tile a realistic, natural stone look. 
  • Matt finish: Ceramic or porcelain tile option. Features - no reflection and a smooth, flat finish.
  • Textured finish: Features - designed for a non-slip surface, a textured tile finish is rough on top or has a stone-like feel.

More MasterCraft Tile Guide tips:

Our Unique Renovation Process


Understanding your needs

We will ask you a series of questions to understand the requirements of your renovation in more detail.


Solve your problem

A solution will be established based on your requirements along with an estimate for your project.


Design consultation

This is where we go through the style and design elements of your renovation (layout, products, tiles and colour options). We will also assess structural and plumbing changes.



After we have created a style and design concept for your renovation, you'll be able to view your products and tiles and make your final selections.


Deliver on our promise

We have established an experienced team and implemented systems that have a customer focused approach to deliver a high quality and efficient renovation.

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