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43 Incredible Bathroom Tile Ideas to Inspire Your Next Remodel

1. Punch up penny tile



This bathroom in a 19th century home by Melbourne, Australia-based architect Thomas Mckenzie—director of the firm Winwood Mckenzie—is splashed with various shades of pink underfoot for a pop of color, but it’s the curves that really provide visual interest. “We used a standard 90-degree plaster cornice to finish the corners, then wrapped them in round penny tiles,” Mckenzie says. “The result is quite fluid and softens the feel of the room.” Another benefit? Less waste—there was no need to cut the tiles to fit as you would with regular corners.


2. Bring on midcentury graphics



Visually bold, the geometric tile-wall bathrooms in this modernist residence by Barcelona designer Noé Prades are filled with color—blue in one (where a wicker mirror adds texture) and pink in the primary (where Noé designed two midcentury-inspired mirrors flanking a Nuura wall lamp). Geometric tiles adorn the walls for a dynamic, contemporary, and surprising look.


3. Color with grout



Red and green is a killer color palette combo, as any crimson-hued garden rose will attest. This bathroom, reimagined by Parisian interior designer Céline Poulfort, received a bold transformation via a floor-to-ceiling renovation. The white-tile bathroom walls were spiced up with red grout, which gives it “a more playful and graphic character,” Poulfort says. Green walls also lend an edge, but unlike with green tiles, if the homeowners tire of the color, it can be easily changed.


4. Indulge with black-and-white color palette



For a timelessly glamorous color scheme, look to the tuxedo. New York designer Crystal Sinclair had black Clé tiles installed on three fourths of the bathroom wall here. Brass accents on the vanity and walk-in shower and hand-applied plaster walls are a nod to the building’s history.


5. Mix modern with classic tile design



In a London flat, director of Astrain Studio Architects Irene Astrain added retro pattern play with bold green tiles in a geometric pattern handmade in Spain on the shower wall. To keep the rest of the bathroom tile design minimalist, she opted for mosaic tiles in Carrara marble on the backsplash.


6. Theater in the round



"In this Dallas powder room, the curved mosaic-tile wall mimics the Texas sunset in dark rust tones and terra-cotta marble mosaic by Artistic Tile,” says Atlanta designer Jessica Davis, of Atelier Davis. Adds Lauren Cherkas, president and chief sales officer of Artistic Tile: “This small space goes big by wrapping the walls in bright red patterned marble.”


7. Accentuate mosaic details



If you’re one of those people who believe more is more, look no further than the Chinoiserie pattern by New Ravenna: It’s a much-need dose of springtime year-round, thanks to its intricate birds and flowers that create the ultimate accent wall. Says New Ravenna’s creative director, Cean Irminger: “We reinterpreted our popular chinoiserie in new jewel colors for a fresh pastel fantasy version of the design.”


8. Soak in style



Paging Venus goddess types. If you’ve ever wanted to recreate the baths of ancient Rome in a modern way, consider New Ravenna’s Palatium, hand-cut stone mosaic tiles. “Platinum was inspired by the ancient patterns of Rome,” Irminger says. “This pattern is a two-color mosaic version to play up the ancient textures and inspiration."


9. Embrace beach style



If Hollywood rom-com director Nancy Meyers were reincarnated as a modern bathroom with plentiful natural light and white walls, she might look something like this one by Houston designer Kara Childress. Particularly cinematic in this white bathroom? The focal point floor tiles, which look a bit like a mermaid fin sprung to life. “Mirroring the serene beauty of Lake Austin, this primary bath was adorned with a grounding blend of blue and green varieties of the Walker Zanger Arabesco Cielo tile, delicately capturing the exquisite hues of the home’s surrounding landscape,” Childress says.


10. Glamorize with sleek stunners



Easily transfixed by sunlight glinting off gold jewelry? Honed Calacatta marble wall-tile backsplash by New Ravenna “focuses on the reflective color play between matte tumbled stone and the shiny polished aurum,” Irminger says.


11. Let tile be the star of your bathroom design



Paging all grandmillennials. These New Ravenna tiles are handmade in Virginia and summon serious vintage style on a backsplash or as shower tile. “This pattern can easily become the focal point for an elegant bath or a whimsical backdrop for a playful environment,” Irminger says.


12. Play with pattern-on-pattern



Sometimes a simple white bathroom just doesn’t cut it in a remodel. For those moments, look to inspo from Kelly Finley of the Oakland firm Joy Street Design. It manages to be minimalist and maximalist at once. “The boldly geometric Euclid pattern by Alison Rose is paired with Duomo Calacatta Gold, a dimensional rendition of a classic motif carved from beautiful marble,” says Cherkas. “By running the tile from floor to ceiling, Kelly brilliantly illustrates that a fully tiled space is the epitome of luxury."


13. Stun with subtlety



“For this very narrow powder room, we pushed the side wall into the space beneath the stair to allow space for a small hand sink,” says Denise Hall Montgomery of Berkeley, California, firm DHM Architecture. “We highlighted the niche with a colorful tile selected from Hudson Penny Round Emerald and added solid-walnut shelf accents. The Dimple wall sconces add a touch of sparkle without sacrificing space."


14. Revive history



In Los Angeles painter Claire Tabouret’s house, there’s no such thing as too much charm. Touches of black provide instant cool factor. Simple square tiles along the bathtub keep the rest of the tile patterns at bay.


15. Refresh with the unconventional



When people talk about movement in veined tile, they don’t often mean movement in the tile pattern itself—but they should. This is a more modern interpretation of the pink-and-black herringbone pattern, with just enough of a historic touch to feel grounded.


16. Style with a theme



Whether or not you live to ride the waves, this vaguely oceanic tile backsplash has the cooling effect of a day by the shore (especially paired with handwoven natural-fiber lighting and nautical vanity mirrors).


17. Checkmate on chic



Nothing against black-and-white tiles, but sometimes a green-tile checkerboard is the way to go—especially if you’re going to run it up to the ceiling for an enveloping feel. Insider tip: A mirrored wall effectively doubles your light—and your tile investment.


18. Lay a tile rug



Who needs a rug in the bathroom? Using various types of tile to create a graphic “carpet” underfoot—whether it’s made of porcelain or hexagon tile—can get the job done, no laundry required. “This look works best when the solid material surrounding the insert area is repeated inside the mosaic pattern, as it lends continuity to the flooring,” says its Houston designer, Benjamin Johnston. “Here, the white marble outside of the pattern is used again inside the mosaic, creating a perfect match. This is an excellent way to give your bathroom a bit of personality without the (sometimes) overwhelming effects of an entirely patterned floor.”


19. Explore wabi-sabi



“Made in Japan, this porcelain tile from Ann Sacks evokes the classic characteristics of wabi-sabi aesthetics: asymmetry, roughness, and simplicity,” Johnston says. “Perfectly imperfect, the tiles lend a sense of age, warmth, and Zen design to this pool bathroom.”


20. Follow natural lines



When it comes to home decor, no postage-stamp floor plan is too small for a spalike bathroom feel. “Mixing tile patterns can be tricky, but using materials with nearly identical tones gives a cohesive look to this powder bath,” Johnson says. “We selected a herringbone floor pattern that would seamlessly transition into this gorgeous Puccini tile by DuraTile, and the end result feels natural because the coloration of each complements the next.”


21. Go bold with floor tile



Houston designer Courtnay Tartt Elias of Creative Tonic Design employs showstopping tile in bathrooms for good reason: “Tile is inherently better at withstanding damp conditions as compared to its counterparts, wallpaper and paint!” She used this bold tile to make the smaller bathroom feel larger. “Without a sharp line breaking up the wall and floor, the tile can make a more powerful impact, and everything feels more open.”


22. Consider plaid



Sinking into a deep soaking tub for a much-needed soak feels even more comforting when surrounded by tartan floor tile, designed by Aspen’s Kristin Dittmar. “I love plaid, and what’s better than a mosaic plaid in the bathroom?”


23. Accent-wall backsplash



When Maison Amarande’s Lisbon-based client asked for a “wow effect” upon entering their house, the firm provided in the form of this guest bathroom that eschews bathroom trends for something truly original. “This is the powder room back wall on the ground floor closed with a glass door,” says design director Laurence Beysecker. “We love this graphic black-and-white pattern produced with those handcrafted waxed cement tiles.”


24. Soften with sweet florals



“For this bathroom, it was important to have a period-appropriate tile that would fit within the context of the house,” Prime says of the unglazed porcelain tile mosaic, which was also used during the time the house was built in 1907. “The classic subway tile was selected for the walls to be practical and sanitary, similar to how the tile was used originally in Victorian times.”


25. Create a jewel box



Call this—using one particular tile pattern on floors and walls—a tile version of a hug. “The use of one tile on both floors and walls feels modern but enveloping,” designer Heidi Caillier says.

26. Dream of dark, moody tile



Callier selected an inky blue tile from Deferranti to make this bathroom feel “immersive.” Ornate brass sconces awaken the moody backsplash, while the neutral marble and wood vanity counter keeps the space from looking too stark or unapproachable.


27. Outline natural stone



“In this powder room, a stone vessel sink and blackened ceruse wood vanity serve as a striking counterpoint to the light, bright feel of the space,” Johnston says. “Simple yet stunning stone tiles are elevated through the addition of metal shadow reglets that create horizontal accent lines across the wall.”


28. Swap white subway tile for green



There’s something about floor to ceiling subway tiles in a verdant hue that feels a bit like strolling a misty woodland. That’s the experience in this bathroom by Houston designer Avery Cox, which gets a dose of pep from the bathroom floor tile.


29. Seek pastels in marble



When scrolling for tile design ideas, prettiness may steal your heart—as it did with this dreamy bathroom by Houston designer Mary Patton. A delicate ceiling fixture and flouncy Roman shades on the windows help offset the clean lines of the rectangular tiles. “I chose something graphic and punchy to cut the saccharine lavender," she says.


30. Draw up the detail



Designer Andrea Schumacher—author of the new book Vibrant Interiors (Gibbs Smith)—installed a surprise in this primary suite. “The walls of this en suite bathroom may look like wallpaper, but they’re actually brass and marble tiles!” 


31. Give chevron a chance



Richmond designer Anne Hulcher Tollett of Hanover Avenue had a tall order for this space: “This Austin bathroom needed to be pulled together on a shoestring budget while still looking chic enough for high-end renters coming in for events like Formula 1, ACL, and SXSW,” she says of the room, where almost every element was salvaged or installed DIY. “The wall tile is inexpensive and found just south of the border, but we designed it to be installed in this large oversized chevron pattern to give it visual interest. The floor tiles are actual pennies, which were installed and shellacked by the owner. A big bang for the buck!”


32. Indulge in geometry



“It took a very long time to ‘dry lay’ this pattern,” says New York designer Young Huh of this carefully pulled-together bathroom. “I adore mosaics and patterns. Our minds naturally enjoy mathematical patterns. It gives us a kind of pleasure and also security because the patterns repeat and always work.”


33. Elevate with high-gloss tile



“Dark moody subway tile in a classic herringbone pattern works as an accent wall,” says Anelle Gandelman of A List Interiors in New York. “It provides a place for the eye to rest from the dramatic wallpaper used in the rest of the room. Somehow both the tile wall and the wallpaper feel more special as a result.”


34. Simplify with grays



If you’re yearning for simpler times in your bathroom, look to this space by Ann Arbor, Michigan, firm Cloth & Kind for peaceful inspiration. “Our client wanted a soothing palette in their primary bath but was eager to add some interest, so we chose a beautiful patterned tile from Artistic Tile to lend texture to the space,” says designer Krista Nye Nicholas.


35. Marvel with variegated zellige tile



Floor-to-ceiling green zellige tile make for a striking accent wall in this zen en suite. “We doubled down on green tile by tiling the top of a repurposed vintage dresser and turning it into a one of a kind vanity,” says Kele Dobrinski of Sacramento’s Colossus Mfg.


36. Transfix with tile



Paired with an ethereal chandelier, this intricately patterned wall tile in a bathroom by New York–based Kevie Murphy of K.A. Murphy Interiors is as poetic as it comes. “For this primary bathroom we wanted to do something less conventional than the expected all-white marble palette, so we incorporated purple tones with a lilac marble water-jetted mosaic from Artistic Tile,” Murphy says.


37. Balance Baroque with bold touches



Imagine a screen siren of yore emerging from the tub in this jaw-dropping bathroom designed by Lexington, Massachusetts, designer Robin Gannon. “We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms, why should they not be adventurous!” Gannon says. “The walls and floor are a glossy mosaic glass tile with movement, layered with colors from black to greens for added depth and interest.”


38. Subtle elegance



Create your own pattern. “Mixing various shapes, sizes and types of Calacatta marble in similar tones allowed us to create a customized design that our clients could appreciate and enjoy, while further promoting a soothing and clean environment built for relaxation,” says Philadelphia designer Glenna Stone.


39. Live large



Intentionally or unintentionally, Dallas designer Doniphan Moore may have summoned a hint of Dutch artist M.C. Escher in this jaw-dropping bathroom. "I have always loved the tumbling-block motif,” Moore says. “It allows the eye to move and the room to unfold."


40. Go green



Head-turning design is almost required by law in New Orleans, home to designer Hattie Collins of Hattie Sparks Interiors. No wonder this bathroom she designed is a showstopper. “The shower space was small, and we knew we wanted a deep color and high shine to make the space pop,” Collins says. “The ivy green glass subway tile makes the shower feel calming and luxurious, especially when paired with brass hardware and a more subtle, beautiful marble floor.”


41. Find comfort in classic tile design



“Intricately installed marble tiles create a trellis pattern to give this guest bathroom a wow factor,” says Charlottesville, Virginia–based designer J.P. Horton. Underfoot, “faux marble porcelain tiles were installed on the bias to dress up otherwise simple square floor tiles.”


42. Stack tiles



“The full-size skylight was a way to transform the shower from a dark cavern into a light-filled experience. We also included details like no curb and a linear drain so as to not interrupt sight lines and keep the whole aesthetic very clean, calming, and zen,” says Hema Persad, principal and founder of Sagrada Studio in LA.


43. Glam it up



In a lengthy primary bathroom like this one—designed by Boca Raton, Florida–based Nikki Levy for Kips Bay Palm Beach 2022—the gleaming deep green tile serves as a wainscoting of sorts, visually breaking up the space below upper walls sheathed in a sweet and diminutive penny tile.



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