While we all love a hardwood floor, there are times when choosing to install tile flooring makes sense for practical reasons. But installing tile flooring is also a design opportunity that can add texture and dimension to the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, mudroom, foyer, pantry, or any other room in the house.
Traditional tile flooring can serve as a quiet backdrop that allows other elements to shine, creating a timeless look. Colorful or patterned tiles can help to define zones in an open plan room or create a transition between spaces. Dramatic tile flooring can set the tone or change the whole mood of a room, creating a focal point or a final flourish that elevates the rest of your design.
Check out these floor tile ideas in a range of styles for inspiration on how to use tiling flooring in every room of the house.
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Spice Up the Pantry
Mindy Gayer Design Co. added patterned tile to this pantry that contrasts with the hardwood floors of the kitchen and creates an identity for the utilitarian space.Continue to 2 of 26 below.
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Reddish pink penny tiles that are a twist on the classic white add color to this otherwise neutral bathroom from Erin Williamson Design.Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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Dress Up the Sunroom
This sunroom from Becca Interiors has white walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and gray-and-white patterned floor tile that is as pretty as it is practical.Continue to 4 of 26 below.
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This glamorous modern Chicago bathroom from interior designer Kara Mann is clad in dramatic black-and-white large-scale stone tiles that are carried up onto the sink vanity and walls to create a seamless, high-end look.Continue to 5 of 26 below.
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Create a Transition
This San Jose, California kitchen from Cathie Hong Interiors has rustic dark hardwood floors that transition into modern graphic patterned floor tiles by the back door in an organic way that feels fresh.Continue to 6 of 26 below.
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Make a Timeless Choice
Square marble floor tiles are a timeless choice that add subtle texture to this neutral-toned, light-flooded Florida foyer and staircase from Calimia Home.Continue to 7 of 26 below.
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This spacious laundry room from Whittney Parkinson Design has a light and dark gray-and-white tile floor with a triangular pattern that creates a sense of movement and dynamism in the light and airy cool-toned space, complementing pastel blue painted built-ins and silver-toned fixtures.Continue to 8 of 26 below.
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Choose an Oversized Pattern
This mudroom from Becca Interiors has floor-to-ceiling built-in storage closets painted in a subtle shade of pale pistachio green that is contrasted with bold graphic black-and-white floor tiles in an oversized pattern.Continue to 9 of 26 below.
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Commit to Concrete
Large scale polished concrete effect tiles match the industrial bones and finishes of this loft conversion in Pittsburgh from Leanne Ford Interiors. The tiles run throughout the entire space from the open plan kitchen, dining, and living room to the bedroom and bathroom for a cohesive look.Continue to 10 of 26 below.
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Use Simple Geometry
Cathie Hong Interiors added matte black hexagonal floor tiles to this light-flooded San Jose, California laundry room that contrast with warm wood accents and whimsical cat-themed black-and-white wallpaper, creating a polished, modern look.Continue to 11 of 26 below.
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Keep It Classic
This English Victorian villa kitchen from deVOL Kitchens has classic black-and-white marble checkerboard floor tiles with a tumbled edge that gives them the look of reclaimed stone, a timeless choice that will never go out of style.Continue to 12 of 26 below.
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Pair With Bold Paint
In this crisp and modern Paris kitchen from Space Factory, black-and-white Moroccan-style floor tile in a star pattern stands up to the cabinetry and central island painted in bold International Klein Blue.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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Add a Natural Motif
In this historic Maine home renovation from interior designer Tyler Karu, patterned floor tiles with a four-leaf clover pattern in shades of white, black, and blue complement the historic bathroom with its retro-style clawfoot tub.Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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Beautify the Patio
Geometric floor tile on the outdoor patio just outside the main living space of this California home from Cathie Hong Interiors makes the outdoor space feel more like an outdoor living room while creating a transition between the house and the backyard.Continue to 15 of 26 below.
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Keep It Subtle
Soft gray-and-white tile with a subtle star pattern works well with shades of taupey gray and gold finishes in this bathroom from Desiree Burns Interiors.Continue to 16 of 26 below.
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Make It Graphic
Graphic patterned tile floor adds a modern touch to the traditional feel of this laundry room from JK Interior Living, with its original windows, marble countertops, and dark cabinetry.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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Paint Them On
If you want the look of floor tiles without the trouble and expense of installing them, consider a trompe l'oeil painted floor tile effect. In this remodeled Victorian home in Pittsburgh from Leanne Ford Interiors, the existing hardwood floors were painted in a faux diamond-patterned tile floor pattern that is pared with shiny vertical handcrafted clay Zellige tiles on the wall.Continue to 18 of 26 below.
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Mix With Hardwood
Abstract geometric floor tile helps to define this small L-shaped kitchen tucked into the corner of a small open plan living, dining, and kitchen area in a one-bedroom apartment in Paris designed by Neva Interior Design. The colorful, graphic patch of tile visually separates the area from the rest of the space and helps to cut the long linear shape of the room.Continue to 19 of 26 below.
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Patterned floor tile adds movement and dynamism to this otherwise minimalist bathroom from Cathie Hong Interiors and complements industrial farmhouse touches like black metal wall sconces and plumbing fixtures.Continue to 20 of 26 below.
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In this long and narrow laundry room, blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona chose rustic wood-effect floor tiles with white grout laid in a herringbone pattern that matches the flooring in the adjacent kitchen. Black appliances and gold-toned hardware on the floor-to-ceiling built-in storage adds a little bling.Continue to 21 of 26 below.
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Keep It Down to Earth
This all-white English kitchen from deVOL Kitchens has earthy, traditional terracotta floor tiles to create a classic high-contrast look that is familiar and timeless.Continue to 22 of 26 below.
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Play with Plaid
Black-and-white checkerboard plaid tile floors complement taupe shiplap walls and ceiling-height Shaker-style cabinetry in this modern farmhouse style laundry room from Kate Marker Interiors. A black stone countertop and black metal fixtures and accents tie it all together.Continue to 23 of 26 below.
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Keep It Light
This light-flooded bathroom from Cathie Hong Interiors has a pale beige-toned hexagonal tile floor that echos the color of the wall tiles while adding a subtle pattern and maintaining the minimalist look of the room.Continue to 24 of 26 below.
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Pale gray penny tiles on the floor give this neutral-toned, retro-inspired bathroom from Erin Williamson Design a timeless appeal, complementing chrome accents on the retro-style fixtures and playing well with simple white subway tiles lining the tub and shower.Continue to 25 of 26 below.
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Lay Some Bricks
The thin brick tile floor in this kitchen renovation from We Are True Home is inspired by classic European flooring. The brick tiling and adds a note of color and texture thanks to the herringbone pattern and variation of white and terracotta tones.Continue to 26 of 26 below.
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While there is nothing more classic than a penny tile floor, you can also use penny tiles to spell out a message or create a personalized motif that will bring a smile to your face, like the giant heart on the floor of this bathroom from A Beautiful Mess.