30 Great Bathroom Tile Ideas

Bathroom - Glass and Stone Blend Tile Vertical on Wall
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    Tile Is the Perfect Choice for Bathrooms

    Ceramic tile was just made for bathrooms. When glazed, tile is completely water-resistant. As a design element, tile can create any kind of style or pattern. It is suitable for nearly any budget—as cheap as a dollar per square foot, as expensive as you want. Tile is surprisingly friendly to DIYers, should you doubt you tiling skills, there are pros aplenty to help you out.

    When planning your bathroom tile, remember that smaller tiles make for more grouting and they are harder to adjust than the large tiles (12  or 16 inches square). But you can't get around the fact that smaller tiles look better in bathrooms—with the exception of the floor. Twelve-inch square tiles in the tub or shower just don't look right.

    Subway tile is a great bet for any bathroom where you are aiming for a retro look. And listellos—those narrow bands between tile fields—offer a great way to add visual interest to any tile project.

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    Large Blocks of Color

    American Olean Matte Glacier and French Roast Shower
    American Olean

    This bathroom features a cool, retro contrast created by the Dal-Tile's Matte Glacier vertical strip and the Satinglo French Roast field tile. Dal-Tile is a 60-year old company from Dallas, Texas, and is am American Olean subsidiary that specializes in high-end ceramic tile. 

    • Shower: Bright French Roast 4 1/4 x 4 1/4-inch
    • Shower: Matte Glacier 4 1/4 x 4 1/4-inch
    • Floor: Vintage Stone Chablis 16 x 16-inch

    This is an entirely do-able DIY project that requires no complicated designing at all. Note that the Matte Glacier strip is close to 4 feet wide, possible only in a shower of the size shown here. For smaller, normal-sized showers, you'll need to scale down the width of the strip for normal showers.

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    Travertine Tiles and Fancy Borders

    American Olean Travertine Tile Bath
    American Olean

    This bathroom features souped-up natural stone travertine tile, complete with basketweave borders, matching soap dish and corner caddies, seat, chair-rail, and so. These tiles are from American Olean.

    • Field Tile: Tumbled Stone Azteca 6 x 6-inch
    • Soap Dish: Resin Travertine
    • Field Tile: Puerto Gold 6 x 6-inch

    Complicated installations with many features such as this one are best left in the hands of professional installers.


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    Clean Living With White Mosaic Tile

    American Olean White Mosaic Tile 1" x 2"
    American Olean

    Aesthetically, this bathroom is exactly the opposite of the previous baroque bathroom style. This is a clean, crisp design, but it is not as sterile as it first appears—the floor mosaic has an attractive light "salt and pepper" speckling. These tiles are another offering from American Olean. 

    • Walls:  Unglazed Mosaic in Ice White 1 x 2-inch
    • Floor: Salt and Pepper Mosaic

    This is perfectly suitable for a do-it-yourself project. Mosaics are clusters of multiple tiles set on a single backing, so no need to install thousands of little tiles separately.

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    Bold Checkerboard Floors

    Checkerboard Azteca from American Olean
    American Olean

    Feeling bold? Try throwing down a checkerboard on your floor. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Going diagonal with the shower/tub surround increases the visual contrast.

    All are from American Olean:

    • Azteca Antique Bronze 6 x 6-inch
    • Antique Bronze Beltaine Border 3 x 12-inch
    • Antique Bronze Beltaine Insert/Corner 3 x 3-inch

    Straight checkboard patterns are easy enough for DIYers to install, but the diagonal wall installation requires careful layout and planning, as do the borders and inset tiles. 

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    Cool and Elegant Floor and Wainscot

    American Olean Large Field Tile
    American Olean

    Elegance comes easy with this diagonally-laid, 13 x 13-inch floor tile and 10 x 13-inch wall tile with shelf railing and swag accents, all from American Olean. 

    • Floor: Alysse in Blanc 13 x 13-inch Field
    • Wall: 10 x 13-inch Field with Designer Elegance Botticino;  3 1/2 x 8-inch Shelf Rail and 3 x 12-inch Spiral Swag Accent.

    This is another relatively complicated layout job that is suitable only for fairly experienced DIYers. 


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    Easy Contemporary Italian Glass Mosaic

    Mosaic Tile

    Having smooth elegance in your bathroom is easy with this design. Marazzi is a top-end manufacturer that supplies tile for both homes and commercial applications like restaurants and hotels. It uses a simple mosaic as the wall field behind the vessel sink, plus a wall border of larger tiles to the right of the window.

    • This tile is Opalie Marfil and Beige. Opalie is one of Marazzi's lines of 13 x 13-inch and 20 x 20-inch glazed porcelain wall field tiles; it is barely visible at the bottom right, next to the window. Beige refers to Marazzi's line of glass mosaic wall field, shown here behind the counter.

    Though it is very elegant, these mosaic tiles are quite suitable for DIY installation. 

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    Large and Tiny Tiles Combined

    Shower Tile of Two Different Sizes

    It's often a good idea to try to pair tiles of differing sizes for maximum visual interest and impact. Marazzi is a well-regarded manufacturer that sells through over 14,500 locations worldwide. Here, its mosaic tile in a neutral shade is paired with larger wall field unit.

    Note, too, how this idea really pulls together: a thin strip of the shower's mosaic tile is also used as a border over the large wall field.

    • This is from Marazzi's Pietra del Sole series of glazed porcelain tiles.

    Like other porcelain tiles, this one is well-suited for DIY installation.

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    Listello Band for Easy Elegance

    Three Sizes of Bathroom Tile

    It doesn't take much to make your bathroom fancy and showy. Here, from California-based distributor Eleganza is a bold red field pattern from its Laguna series, stacked three courses high. These courses are then topped by a showy border called a listello, and which is then topped by rectangular beige 8 x 12-inch tiles—both are also from the Laguna series.

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    Travertine Tile Surrounding a Tub

    Travertine Around the Tub

     One of the greatest and oldest ideas around is to "break out of the box." Who said bathroom tile has to be square?

    These Travertine-series tiles from Eleganza are anything but. At 10 x 13 inches, these tiles lend a feeling of spaciousness and grandeur to any bathroom. If you feel that these beige-inspired field units are too...beige, all you need to do is add a fancy listello like the 3 x 10-inch band shown here. Listello is a word for a fancy filigree that breaks up the monotony of large expanses of field tile, among other functions.

    • All in Eleganza's Travertine series: Beige field on top, Mocha field on bottom, with listello slicing through the middle. Also used here, but not shown in the photo: quarter-round and bullnose.

    Keep in mind that this is not natural travertine stone; it's a ceramic tile with the look of travertine. It is, therefore, more suitable for DIY installation than natural stone travertine. 

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    European Tile for a Cool, Urbane, Modern Look

    Spanish Bathroom Tile
    Hispano Azul

    Now defunct, Hispano Azul was a tile manufacturer based in Alcora, Spain. This gray field is perfectly complemented by the floral-themed center band. Many European tile companies are known for tile styles that create hip, modern looks.

    • Nappa Blanco series, 60cm x 60cm (24 x 24 inches)
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    Economy Tiles for a Fabulous Marble Look

    13" x 13" Marble Look Bathroom Tile

    Where cost is a factor, don't overlook the mass manufacturers who commonly supply big box home improvement centers. These tiles from Armstrong flooring, from the Perla collection, are quite affordable, especially when special-ordered online. 

    Also shown here is a listello border on top called Bungalow, a 4 x 9-inch tile that is also part of the Perla collection. 

    • Armstrong Perla, 13 x 13-inch
    • Bungalow Listello, 4 x 9-inch

    In addition to being an affordable tile, the large 13 x 13-inch size is one of the easiest to install for DIYers. 

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    Tile Baseboards

    Suede Armstrong Tile Baseboard

    Tile can be used as baseboard. Here we find large-sized tile taking on the role of baseboard. Shown here is a full 13 x 13-inch Armstrong ceramic (Suede) tile, used both on the floor and one-tile-high on the baseboards. Note, too, the contrasting black around the bathtub area.

    • Armstrong Ceramics Suede, 13 x 13-inch

    This design is both easy to execute and reasonably priced.

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    Ceramics that Look Like Marble

    Ceramic Tile That Looks Like Marble

    This is a soothing style from Armstrong's Ceramic Tile division. It's called Classically Marble—a name that is a bit deceptive because there isn't a single particle of marble in these tiles. That, of course, is the point: the look of marble, without the problems of marble—cost, sealing, maintenance, etc.). Note, too, the inlay between the bathtub and the sinks. This feature both highlights this important area and visually breaks up the expanses of the field.

    • Armstrong Classically Marble Collection, Satin Finish, 13 x 13-inch

    This ceramic tile is far easier for DIYers to install and maintain that genuine marble tiles. 

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    Understated Tile in a Contemporary Bathroom

    Contemporary Bathroom Tile

    If you've got strong bathroom fixtures, you may want to keep your tile design understated. Here, we've got a dream bathtub in black tile with a translucent window...and a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair. These and other elements are doing all the work, allowing the tile to hang back.

    • Armstrong Avignon Glazed Porcelain 13 x 13-inch, Satin Finish

    Like most Armstrong products, these tiles are very affordable.

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    Earth-Tone Decor

    Navajo Tile from American Florim
    American Florim

    This tile comes from American Florim. It's part of their Navajo Collection. Highlighted is their 2 x 2-inch Navajo mosaic, which functions as a bordered accent area next to the bathtub.

    Tile installers can work these extra features into the cost of the entire tile installation. Yes, you will need to pay them for these little embellishments, but these extras become part of the total cost and usually are nominal.

    • American Florim, 2 x 2-inch  Navajo Mosaic
    • Larger field tiles also from Navajo collection

    Such installations with many corners and angles should be approached with caution; pro installation may be the best option. 

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    Stone-Look Porcelain

    Bathroom Tiles
    Marazzi Tile

    Looking like natural stone, this porcelain tile is called Artea Antico, from Marazzi. It's an ordinary-enough 6-inch square beige tile with unified backsplash and matching bullnose, but works perfectly when the rest of the bathroom elements are also understated:  the cool white vessel sink, faucet extending from the wall, and a simple slab of mirror.  

    • Marazzi's Artea Antico, 6 x 6-inch with matching bullnose.

    Porcelain tiles are generally more DIY-friendly, and easier to maintain, than natural stone tiles. 

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    Designer Geometrics from Italy

    Stone Porcelain Tile

    Marazzi's Andretti line is a very unique tile-sheet featuring small octagonal tiles measuring 2 x 2 inches separated by diagonal squares. Generous spacing between the tiles allows for wide grout lines.

    • Andretti, from Marazzi

    Although the pattern is sophisticated, mosaic sheets like these are quite friendly for DIY installation. 

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    Porcelain Masquerading as Slate

    Slate Looking Porcelain Tile

    Although these tiles look like natural slate, they're actually porcelain. The edges on Marazzi's Jade Chestnut tiles are smooth and the surfaces are flat, eliminating the problems of bumpiness and even spalling that are often found ​with authentic slate tile.

    • Jade Chestnut, from Marazzi

    LIke any porcelain tile, installation is fairly straightforward. 

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    Unique Porcelain Mosaic

    Mosaic Bathroom Tile

    This design features an unusual mosaic from Marazzi. Each unified mosaic piece has a flat top and bottom, with left and right sides having a comb-like appearance. Each "comb" fits into that of the adjoining tile for a very uniform stone-like effect.

    • Percorsi Bianco from Marazzi

    For a look that oozes designer aesthetics, this tile is very easy to install. 

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    Stone-Look Porcelain for a Shower

    Beige Shower Tile with Large Tiles and Mosaic

    This shower tile in beige is Marazzi's Marfil Cream through-body 12-inch porcelain tile. Though rather plain by itself, these field tiles are saved by including a wide listello between the Marfil Cream upper field and the cream-colored octagonal tile along the lower half.

    • Marazzi's Marfil Cream, 12-inch
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    Wood-Plank Porcelain in a Shower

    Ann Sacks Plank Rectangle Used In Shower
    Ann Sacks

    Now here's a little tile idea you've probably never considered—take those wood-look plank porcelain tiles normally used for floors and install them vertically on a shower wall. The result of this unusual layout is a full-on Finnish sauna effect.

    This tile comes from Ann Sacks. These planks are 35 1/2 inches long and nearly 9 inches wide. Price for this lovely tile is around $10 per square foot.

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    Three-Dimensional Drama

    Faceted Red Clodagh Bathroom Tile
    Ann Sacks

    Another upscale look from Ann Sacks is this faceted, three-dimensional tile. Combined with contrasting reds (persimmon) and blacks, this tile gives any bathroom maximum impact. 

    If red scares you, this same Clodagh tile comes in a muted greenish color called corten.

    Be aware that this is a high-end tile, selling for $15 to $23 per square foot.

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    Stunning....In More Ways Than One

    Bathroom Aura Tile From Ann Sacks
    Ann Sacks

    This beautiful bathroom tile from Ann Sacks is called Aura. Each rectangular field tile is 4 x 8 inches and appears to have been inspired by tie-dye designs. Whatever the inspiration, this high-gloss tile will have your guests' jaws dropping in awe.

    And your jaw, too, will drop. Prices range from $137 to $240 per square foot. 

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    Traditional White Subway With Unique Accent

    White Subway and Unique Accent Bathroom Tile
    Ann Sacks

    There is a big difference between standard subway tile bathrooms and this one. Although it uses standard sized tiles (3 x 6 inches), this is the substantial signature series by Micheal S. Smith (available through Ann Sacks), which features wide, light-catching bevels on all four sides—but only for the lower field below the border. Above the thin black border, the upper field uses subway tiles that are identical, but without the bevels. This offers an elegant contrast that is most unusual for subway tile installations.

    Then, to finish everything off, 1 x 1-inch gloss white mosaic tile is used as an accent panel in the center to hold the shower controls. 

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    Planks of Dark Marble

    Gorgeous 2 x 16 Dark Brown Marble Bathroom Wall Tile
    Ann Sacks

    At first glance, you'd think this bathroom is using wood-look porcelain tile. But you're really looking at deep-brown vein-cut marble with greenish overtones, in 2 x 16-inch slabs. The tile is called Idyllwild, from Ann Sacks, and it features a highly polished, honed surface.

    Complementing this tile's dramatic effect is a more ordinary 12 x 12-inch Carrara marble floor tile.

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    Unique Ecru-Colored Floor

    Grace Series Bathroom Tile Bedrosian's

    Yes!  Assert your right to have ecru-colored tile in your bathroom.  Ecru (accent on the first syllable) is one of those colors that doesn't get enough respect. Although this yellowish, beige-ish, greyish color doesn't sound appealing when described, actually looks pretty good on this floor.

    • Bedrosian Grace series, color is Ecru
    • 4 x 12- inch subway tile wall, also from the Grace series, color is Bianco 
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    Huge Porcelain Floor Tiles

    Matrix Porcelain Bathroom Floor Tile

    These sheets of porcelain tile from Bedrosian's Matrix series are so big that three or four of them could nearly cover a small bathroom or powder room. Matrix is a lovely tile that looks much like vein-cut marble, yet it's made of easy-to-maintain porcelain.

    Laying down massive tiles—Matrix comes in both 18 x 36-inch and 12 x 24-inch sizes—is an entirely different experience from laying those mosaic sheets of tiny 1-inch octagonal or hexagonal tiles. For one, you automatically eliminate that ripple effect that's so hard to avoid when pressing down lots of little tesserae into wet mud.  On the downside, lippage is harder to avoid with the big sheets.  

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    Huge Hex

    Large Hexagonal Tile In Bathroom and Shower

    The most startling feature of Bedrosian's Native series of glazed full-body porcelain tile is its shape and size. Hexagonal tile is usually found in smaller sizes, but here we've got hexagons that are unusually large in size. These big tiles work perfectly for bathroom floor or as field tile for showers—both in evidence here.

    • Bedrosian Native 13.5 x 13.5-inch hex tiles
    • Bedrosian Athena field tiles

    Hex tiles require careful layout and installation, but a large size like this will simplify things. 

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    Wood-Look Porcelain Slabs

    Glazed Color Body Porcelain Bathroom Floor Tile

    Big 8 x 48-inch slabs of glazed color-body porcelain tile grace this bathroom floor. This tile, in this color, is a perfect complement to the bathroom, with its cream-colored interior shutters, walls, and radiators.

    Reminiscent of white-washed wood, this color from Bedrosian's Allways series is called Fence.

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    Gray Glass Subway Tiles

    Gray Glass Subway Tile For Bathroom Wall

    These high-gloss subway-style tiles are high-gloss because they are glass tiles rather than standard ceramics. Glass tiles in general work well on bathroom walls because they are completely impervious to water. While grout may pick up moisture, glass never will.

    This is Bedrosian's Manhattan series, which is a full 4 x 16 inches. The color shown here is called Coast. Manhattan is one of Bedrosian's larger series of glass tiles. So, if you go this route, you can be certain of having lots of accents and accessories for a full and varied tile design.