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Bathroom Tile Ideas

Use these eight bathroom tile ideas for inventive installation and material selections.

When it comes to a bathroom, tile is a wonderful opportunity to make a design statement and add the flourishing finale to these often-used rooms. Try these eight inspiring suggestions for your own bathroom tile ideas.

Add a border to the top of a ceiling, wainscoting, backsplash, or tub edging.

One bathroom tile idea is to define a bathroom space and complement other colors by using a single contrasting color or a design that includes a pattern or image. You can also use a border to extend sight lines in a small bath—a black slim border to outline the edges of a shower or sink, for example.

Choose a very small, very large, or unusually shaped tile.

Different size tile is a great way to alter a bathroom's proportions. Very large marble tiles—24x24 for example—can almost give the illusion of a single piece of stone, with fewer grout joints and a cleaner look. One-inch-wide square and classic hexagonal mosaics help a small bath seem larger, as do tiles placed diagonally.

Create a mural.

Especially when added to a shower, mosaic stone tile murals are great bathroom tile ideas. They become almost like artwork, particularly if they are framed in a contrasting color, such as black. To create cohesion between the mosaic and the rest of the room, pick one of the neutral tiles for use elsewhere.

Pick a tile with texture.

Once you begin to brainstorm bathroom tile ideas, you'll find a range of selections. Tiles such as naturally inspired pebble glass—wonderful for flooring or shower niches—add textural beauty and set off elements in a bathroom.

Surround a mirror with tile.

If your budget is limited, you can get the look of a tile wall without the expense. The trick? Add it to the wall that also includes the vanity and mirrors. You'll only have to add slivers of tile to create a shimmering backdrop.

Tile a ceiling.

Tile is typically reserved for walls or floors, but especially in a smaller space such as a shower, a tile ceiling is an interesting way to add a distinctive element to the room.

Include mismatched tile to complement a decorating scheme.

Give a plain bath a quick update by plucking out a few of the existing tiles and replacing them with decorative glass tiles—solid colors that alternate with mosaics, for example, and contrast with plain white subway tile.

Add a tile wall in a powder room.

Although the space is typically limited, powder rooms offer great ways to make a powerful impact with tile. And since you'll likely need less tile, it may be possible to invest in something with great style and distinction. Try a wall of glass mosaic tile as a backdrop to a sink.

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