Use these inspiring ideas to create your own bathroom tile designs.
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.
Bathroom Tile Designs 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. 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 a tile 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.
Bathroom Tile Designs Around a Tub
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 border, or choose a single complementary color for the entire design.
Bathroom Tile Designs in a Shower
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.
Durable and low maintenance tile is the classic flooring for moisture prone rooms. I'm Lacey Howard. How do you know what's right for you when there is a multitude of shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from? All types of tile are very durable and resistant to stains, odors, fire, scratches, and water. Tile can be categorized into ceramic and porcelain. At first glance they look similar. The difference comes in their durability. Porcelain tile is baked at a much higher temperature and is harder, denser, and nonporous. Porcelain is a great choice for floors. Wear shows less because the color permeates the tile body. Ceramic tile is a mix of clays molded into a shape and hardened by firing. Ceramic tiles can be glazed which gives the tile its color and nonporous, impermeable finish for interior walls. Unglazed or thorough body construction offers a more dense durable surface, perfect for heavy activity areas. Tiles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Tiles as large as 16 and 24 inches square are a popular choice as they allow a solid surface look because of fewer grout lines. At the other end of the spectrum, tiny mosaic tiles are at their largest 2 inches squared. They look tricky and time consuming but they come mounted on a mesh backing for easier installation. No matter a tile size, check for its ASTM rating. Tiles are measured on moisture and slip resistance as well as abrasion. Abrasion resistance is broken into classes. Class 1, the weakest, is suggested for wall applications only. Class 3 can be used for residential floors. Class 5 can be installed anywhere, even commercial setting. Slip resistance is rated by a tile's coefficient of friction or COF. Look for high COF numbers for wet floors. Another important rating for floors exposed to water is moisture absorption. Non-, semi-, and vitreous tiles are suited for indoor use only. Impervious tiles are frost proof and can be used in exterior areas where freeze-thaw conditions exist. Finally shade variation is an inherent element in all ceramic products. If you want consistent color and texture, look for low variation ratings. If you embrace naturally occurring changes, random is the highest shade variation available. I hope this overview of tile flooring has given you an idea of what options might work best in your home.