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Bathroom Tile Design Ideas

Use these inspiring ideas to create your own bathroom tile designs. Discover how to use tile in a shower, on the floor, or on the walls in your master bathroom.

If your ideas of bathroom tile designs are straightforward squares or rectangles in a solitary color, then it's time to update your thinking. Fresh and inventive bathroom tile designs are great additions for every project from traditional style to contemporary lines. Here are a few ideas to help you in your own projects.

Tile on a Wall or Floor

Tile on a wall used to be reserved for wet-only spots, such as in a shower, but new bathroom tile designs use these vertical expanses of space as a focal point. For example, a pretty oversize seafoam green subway tile can stand in lovely contrast to muted gray walls, or a colored glass mosaic tile sheathing a wall can offer visual interest to a neutral palette in a master bathroom. Surrounded by a neutral color tile, a tile mural can be an interesting focal point for the bathroom.

Floors are another spot to add interesting bathroom tile designs. Try floor tiles that contrasts in size. Or, for a room that's mostly light and bright, use a dark color tile on the floor as a grounding element in the bath.

Tile Bathtub Surround

For tubs that require a surround, an innovative tile design can be a great way to incorporate either pattern or color. Try a surround that uses a decorative tile border, or choose a single complementary color for the entire design.

Shower Tile Designs

A shower is a natural spot to add distinctive tile designs to a bathroom. Go for a complementary color or shape—a diagonal tile in a darker hue than the rest of the room, for example. Or add a border to the top or bottom of the shower in a decorative tile with pattern or imagery.

Another way to use bathroom tile designs to help your shower stand out? Add unusual tiles to niches that are used to hold shampoo and soap.

Bathroom Tile Designs as Accent

If your bathroom tile is waterproof, then it has virtually unlimited potential in bathroom tile designs. For example, use a contrasting color or pattern as a backsplash behind a sink. If you've chosen a single color for a tile wall, choose a few randomly spaced tiles and replace them with complementary colors or patterns for a more whimsical approach. Tile one wall in one color, and another in an entirely different size tile or color.

How to use tile in your bathroom


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