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Bathroom tile ideas – stylish wall and floor tiling solutions for baths, showers and sinksTamara Kellyon January 21, 2021 at 8:00 am

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Are you after bathroom tile ideas? Bathroom tiles are an easy way to update your bathroom without completely renovating the whole room. A new bathroom tile design will instantly add a new dimension to your bathroom, providing colour or pattern to your current suite.

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Tiled bathrooms can be simple but effective. Tiles provide the perfect opportunity to get creative with accent colour, pattern and texture. Block-coloured tiles, either on the floor or on the bathroom walls, will look chic and sophisticated.

Alternatively, patterned tiles will give an ornate, vintage look and will add depth and character to an otherwise plain bathroom. Whatever your style, you’re sure to find inspiration with these bathroom tile ideas.

Bathroom tile ideas

1. Tile over imperfections

white marble tiled bathroom

Image credit: Lizzie Orme

There’s nothing worse than creating the perfect bathroom scheme only for exposed ugly pipes to let the look down. Where possible box pipework in to hide it out of sight, just ensure you can still reach them for any maintenance. A stylish way to disguise this clever concealment even further is by tiling the boxing in the same tile as used throughout the rest of the bathroom. Making it feel like just any other wall – nothing to see here but a stylish tile!

2. Take on the trends

Bathroom tile ideas

Image credit: Ca’ Pietra

You may have already seen this contemporary tile before. They have become Instagram-famous after all, and we at Ideal Home are huge fans, too. These wonderfully inventive tiles can be rotated to make up to three entirely different designs. We particularly like this blush rose tile when paired with matt black furniture, white sanitary ware and grey accessories.

Buy now: Lily Pad Tile, £3.30 per tile, Ca’ Pietra

3. Unite the elements

black bathroom tiles behind sink, bath surround and shower

Image credit: Colin Poole

Bathrooms are a multifunctional space, where we tend to our everyday beauty regimes. The room is naturally zoned, as we use the sink for washing hands and brushing teeth; the shower for our daily cleansing and the bath for an indulgent soak. Using a decorative feature such as tiles to decorate these areas independently helps to unite them. This smart bathroom uses statement black square tiles to create a splashback for the sink, an enclosure for the shower and a decorative surround for the bath – giving equal purpose to each.

4. Break the mould with a unique layout

Tiles zones in a bathroom

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Use tiles to create a bespoke layout for your bedroom, one that feels right for you. There are no rules that just because you have a tiled floor it has to be the whole floor. Likewise if using tiles on the wall you have the freedom to carve out your own style by using them in unique layout. Allow the placement of the tiles to zone the different areas within the space.

5. Make it monochrome

monochrome bathroom with white wall tiles and black floor tiles

Image credit: Colin Poole

Monochrome is a popular colour combination for bathrooms, largely because it’s so easy to live with. The best tile ideas for monochrome bathrooms is to use bright white for walls and statement black tiles for flooring. This look is especially good for small bathrooms, where the look injects enough personality without overwhelming the space. Try mixing different style tiles to add further design kudos.

6. Be bold with pattern

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Be brave with pattern when tiling the floor first and foremost, because you can keep the rest of the room pared back to accommodate the presence of pattern. If you’re feeling really brave why not continue the same pattern into the shower cubicle to really add the wow factor.

7. Create interest with contrasting tiles

Image credit: David Giles

Can’t decide on one tile? Mix things up to add interest and texture to different surfaces. Use a different but coordinating tile for different purposes throughout the space. Use a fun hexagon shaped tiles add a fresh and modern feel to any bathroom. Allow a larger honeycomb tile to take centre stage by using this on a focal wall. When mixing tiles try sticking to a neutral colour palette such as white, pale grey and soft neutrals to prevent them from jarring.

8. Tile up to window height

Bathroom with tiles

Image credit: David Giles

If you want to immerse the room in colour but don’t want to make it feel overwhelming, simply take the tiling up to a mid-level height. In this traditional country-style bathroom sage green tiles inject enough colour without saturating the space. The mid height trick works especially well when the floor features a busy floor tile. When using colour tiles on the bottom half we suggest sticking to a neutral paint shade for the top half of the wall, as not to draw too much attention away from the tiles below.

9. Keep it simple with white tiles throughout

White tiles bathroom with mirror above sink

Image credit: Colin Poole

If you’re looking for a timeless look tile all walls in white to keep the look clean and simple. Industrial style bathrooms are on trend for 2021. A key part of the industrial look is stark white tiles and metal fittings. Contrast simple metro tiles with a bold black fixtures and fittings and a concrete look sink to add depth to the scheme.

10. Embrace a bold accent colour

blue bathroom tile idea

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Use tiles to welcome a vibrant splash of colour to an otherwise all-white bathroom. Take the tone of the tile as inspiration to paint the woodwork in a matching shade – as seen here in this blue bathroom. A sea of aqua accessories help to tie in the splashes of blue further.

11. Get creative with mosaic tiles


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For an opulent bathroom, mosaic-style tiles are perfect for creating a statement splashback. You can invest in individual mosaic style and be creative with the pattern. However, many stores sell mosaic tiles as sheets that are easier and quicker to use.

12. Choose a characterful geometric tiled floor

Bathroom tile ideas

Image credit: David Merewether

Geometric floor tiles add a contemporary and colourful element to this predominantly white bathroom scheme. They give the room a dynamic edge and the bold design makes the room look wider. The wall tiles are keep simple in white to allow the floor tile to be the hero.

13. Pick one shade to coordinate different finishes

bathroom tile ideas

Image credit: David Giles

Go for gleaming metallic tones and shimmering greys for a bathroom with glamour. Choose a single tile colour and look for designs in two contrasting textures or finishes. Here, a grey textured design at the head and foot of the bath adds sparkle to the room, while the larger format version elsewhere provides a streamlined low-sheen, matt-finish contrast.

14. Say it with chevrons

bathroom tile ideas

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For a truly contemporary look, explore alternative methods of tiling in unusual contrasting colours. Drop linear rows of tiles in favour of a chevron style to give your bathroom a unique and quirky appearance. If you don’t want to do a whole room, try a panel of blush pink, teal green and black tiles – the perfect chic backdrop for a large steel bath and ladder towel rail.

Need help cleaning? READ: How to clean a bathroom – get your bath, loo, shower and sink sparkling

15. Show sparkle with mirrors

bathroom tile ideas

Image credit: Colin Poole

Wow! How glamorous is this? There’s no doubt that your bathroom would become a talking point with these mirrored and bevelled metro tiles that have more than a hint of Hollywood about them. Fit at a corner on two adjoining walls so they bounce reflections and light off each other and back into the room.

16. Make a feature of the fittings

bathroom tile ideas

Image credit: Lizzie Orme

Create a designer feel in your bathroom by using tiles to place emphasis on a statement item of furniture or a particular area. Assign mid grey tiles to your floor, plain cream to three walls and a mix of pebble tones to the fourth. The alternative tile treatment on the single wall creates a feature backdrop for a statement bath or basin.

17. Tile to the top

bathroom tile ideas

Image credit: David Giles

Why stop at dado height? Floor-to-ceiling tiling can turn a functional bathroom space into something far more appealing. Choose a colour all the family can live with and that will stand the test of time. The pale green metro tiles in this bathroom are calming, gender-neutral and a natural complement to wooden cabinetry. When tiling whole walls stick to a pale grout to prevent the space closing in.

18. Brave it with black

bathroom tile ideas

Image credit: David Giles

Use tiling to emphasise or flatter the shape of a room. Put together a monochrome scheme using white fittings and black tiles and transform a compact space into a bathroom with a real sense of luxury. Create a distinctive break between the two colours, and a low slanted ceiling becomes a feature rather than a problem element of the room.

Related: Bathroom trends 2020 – the best new looks for bathrooms, shower rooms and en suites

19. Add invigorating accents

bathroom tile ideas

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Tiles don’t have to be the main feature of a bathroom. Use them to introduce a touch of interest or a splash of colour. A bright white modern bathroom can run the risk of appearing too clinical, so fit a splashback of green mosaic tiles to introduce a shot of welcome colour that softens the overall look. Pick out the green in accessories too to create a cohesive feel.

20. Go high and low

bathroom tile ideas

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Try metro-style tiles in mid grey for a modern bathroom with an industrial edge. Alternate tiles between dado and full ceiling height to match the different splashback and shower functions around the room. Keep the look co-ordinated by painting untiled sections of wall to match your grout. Pick a contrasting accent shade like zesty yellow for accessories.

21. Bring in the texture

bathroom tile ideas

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As well as adding colour and pattern to a bathroom, tiles can also provide texture. Look for rough-finish designs in natural shades. These are perfect for creating a chic, spa-like feel in a neutral bathroom that might otherwise be too bland or clinical. Enhance the impact of textured tiles by limiting their use to specific areas, such as around a bath or shower.

22. Create tiled feature walls


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You don’t need to commit to just one style of tile in your bathroom. Here bright patterned tiles have been used to create a bold feature wall in the shower. The pattern has been teamed with sleek white tiles in the rest of the room for a striking finish.

Revamping with tiles? READ: How to grout tiles – a step-by-step guide for kitchens and bathrooms

23. Create a sanctuary with mosaics

bathroom tile ideas

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Mosaic tiles will add interest to any bathroom, whether made up of different shades or one block colour. Try iridescent designs – their shimmering nature will add a sense of luxury to a one-shade bathroom colour scheme. Use behind a basin with a mirror and lighting to create a focal point. Choose earth tones to imitate a spa-like vibe.

24. Match tiles through materials

marble flooring

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New technology has led to ultra-thin tiles that can be laid directly over existing flooring and wall tiles. Inkjet technology is used to faithfully replicate stone patterning, which means it is easy to have the classic look of stone without the drawbacks of weight, size limitations and cost. Large-format tiles are now available in sizes measuring up to 3m by 1m, and can be butted against each other to give a seamless finish.

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What is the most popular tile for bathrooms in 2021?

Key bathroom tile trends are emerging as homeowners search to inject personality to their homes. So what to look for? Firstly the trend for alternative shapes is growing in popularity as tiles break away from standard field or rectangular shapes. From mermaid-style scales to honeycomb and bamboo many of the most popular alternative shapes are inspired by nature. And on that note we also see the shades of mother nature playing a huge role in predicting the trends – with green being THE shade to look out for in 2021.

Which colour tiles are best for a bathroom?

The most popular colour bathroom tile remains white. Thanks to it’s timeless, inoffensive and clean looking aesthetic it lends itself to many different decor styles. It’s This classic bathroom colour is a staple for bathrooms of all sizes, helping to make small spaces feel bigger and creating a blank canvas for larger bathrooms.

Will you be giving your bathroom tiles an update using these bathroom tile ideas?

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