Pros and Cons of Painting Tile: Here’s What to Know

If your bathroom or kitchen tile looks outdated or dingy, painting it is an economical refresh option. Painting over tiles you already have is less work than ripping them out and installing new tiles.

The question is, can you paint tile? If yes, how much work is involved? Before you try, here’s everything you need to know about the pros and cons of painting tile.

Can You Paint Tile?

The short answer is yes, you can paint tile. If the tile in your home desperately needs an update, painting it is also economical.

However, there are several factors to consider before picking out a color and popping open that paint can. The top among them is longevity. If the tile you want to paint is in a high-traffic area (like a floor) or a high-moisture area with a lot of exposure to water (like a bathroom), paint can peel and blister.

Now, let’s take a look at painting tile pros and cons.

Pros of Painting Tile

Painting tile has a few advantages.

Cons of Painting Tile

Unfortunately, painting tile also has several disadvantages.

Consider Riad Tile for Your Renovation

Replacing your old tile gives you a beautiful update you can enjoy for a long time. Riad Tile offers the highest quality cement tile, Zellige tile, marble tile, and Terrazzo tile at the lowest prices in the country. Our wide variety of handmade tile colors, patterns, shapes and sizes suit many styles and needs.

For example, are you looking for something durable yet decorative for an entryway or mudroom? Riad’s hand-crafted cement tiles marry ruggedness with eye-catching appeal.


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This stunning patio transformation by @schlitt_flips features our Luna Putty cement tile.


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Is your dull shower wall begging to shine? Our Sunny Days ceramic tile brightens up so many spaces.


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If you dream of marble opulence, these luxurious bathroom transformations from @jessicakoltunhome feature Riad’s Casablanca Carrara marble tile in different shapes, patterns and sizes.


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If you can’t find the exact color, pattern, and texture you want, Riad also creates custom tiles, such as in the example above.

These are just a few of a myriad of options. Riad Tile is here to help bring your design ideas to life. Browse our tile inventory online and contact us at 972-914-9600 or to order samples, check stock or ask questions. We can’t wait to see what you do!