There are as many ways to tile a shower as there are types and colors of tiles. The only must-follow design rules are to select bathroom tiles that are waterproof and durable and to ensure that they are grouted properly. Then, it's time to have fun and stretch your creative imagination. Here are nine of our best shower tile ideas for your bathroom.
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Before you begin planning your shower tile patterns, you might want to learn about the different types of tile and see which material will work best for you. There are plenty to choose from, including ceramic tile, stone tile, glass tile, marble, granite, and more. Once you've decided on a tile material, get inspired by our favorite bathroom shower tile ideas.
Think of the kitchen for bathroom shower tile ideas: Many homeowners use the space behind a range for an intricate mosaic tile showpiece. You can do the same in a shower. To keep the space from looking too busy, keep the border and rest of the walls a fairly neutral color. Or, for a more subtle change, mix up the pattern of the tile on one wall—tile laid on the diagonal, for example.
If you're unsure about shower tile ideas that mix and match materials, you can still add subtle visual contrast by choosing a different size of tile inside the shower. Try a large, square granite tile on the floor, for example, and a smaller rectangular ceramic tile (in the same color) in the shower. The subtle difference will set shower boundaries without calling them out loudly.
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There's no reason to stick with the same tile inside the shower. Use white subway tile to wainscot height, glass mosaic tile above that for an unexpected visual twist, and pebble tile on the floor for a gentle foot massage. The best bathroom shower tile ideas use all types of tiles to their fullest potential.
Go for mosaic glass tiles in a recurring border, or a border of black tiles to divide a white and brown mosaic tile creation, breaking up the wall space. A single strip of patterned tiles will do the trick, too. Go to your local hardware store to find ceramic tile shower ideas inspired by what they have in stock.
Bathroom shower tile can stand as a great counterpoint to other tile in the room. A slender black border in a shower, for example, is a great way to complement a black tile floor. You can also match a backsplash on the bathroom vanity to the tile in your shower.
Most of the design and color focus in a bathroom and a shower tends to be the walls and the floor. But bathroom tile designs can extend to the ceiling, another surface that can add texture, color, and pattern through tiling. Doing this will also prevent mold from growing in your shower from rising steam.
Little shower insets are a natural spot to show off different types or colors of tile in either contrasting or complementary colors. For example, a wall of white subway tile can get a fun pop of color with blue mosaic or encaustic tile in a recessed shelf. Or, keep the tile the same color and type for a more subdued look. If you build a recessed wall shelf yourself, be mindful of plumbing and pipes in your shower.
Outside the shower, some baths may not have a lot of tile. Bathroom shower tile patterns are a great opportunity to highlight other colors and materials—for example, ragged-cut slate in the shower to accent a wood-frame tub and plank floors. Marble tile looks extra glam when paired with gold accents and light fixtures.
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Bathroom tile isn't the only way to add color. You can also use grout for unusual color contrast in a shower—dark grout against a white tile, for example. If you really want to get trendy, you can try painting your grout any color you want. However, if you have unglazed shower tiles, you'll want to avoid this DIY project.
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