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10 Fabulous Large-Format Tile Design Ideas

Large-format tiles are an interior design trend that makes a big impact. These oversized tiles come in a variety of natural materials (like marble) and man-made (porcelain and ceramic) and are characterized as any tile with a side larger than 12″, but come in styles up to 48″ x 48″. There are numerous benefits to large-format tiles. They require fewer grout joints which will make your space look and feel more cohesive and expansive, as well as making them easier to clean and maintain. Read on for ten stunning tile style ideas and shop our full assortment of large-format tiles to find a design that fits your space.

1. Elegant & Expansive Large-Format Marble Look

Large-format marble-look tile are everything you love about marble, but more durable and easier to clean and maintain–a great option for a bathroom. The Invisible Grey tile features bold grey and gold veining, adding movement and interest to this chic modern bathroom designed by Gray Space Interiors.

Large-format marble-look porcelain tile in shades of white and gray covers the walls and floor of a bathroom that also features a deep white soaker tub with matte black faucet.
Featuring: Invisible Grey. Design by Gray Space Interiors. Photography by Brian Wetzel.

2. Use 3D Tile For Walls that Pop

Sculptural or 3D tiles will pop off your walls, creating great visual texture. This chic powder room designed by Beth Diana Smith Interior Design features the Cell Light Gold AC tile. The raised abstract gold pattern makes for a unique, vibrant design. If you loved this extra-dimensional style, shop our full selection of 3D tiles to find a design to fit your space.

Dark purple and black and gold tile sink backsplash. White sink and circular mirror.
Featuring: Cell Light Gold AC. Design by Beth Diana Smith Interior Design. Photography by Mike Van Tassell.
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3. Create a Large-Format Herringbone

This elegant bathroom designed by Timber Trails uses the Siberian Pearl marble tile to create an oversized herringbone design. The zig-zag pattern of the tiles and combined with the soft beige veining of the marble gives this space a wonderful sense of movement. Shop our assortment of large-format rectangular tiles to achieve this effect.

This bright white bathroom features large-format white marble tile in a herringbone pattern.
Featuring: Siberian Pearl. Design by Timber Trails Development Company. Photography by John and Maura Stoffer.

4. Use Cement-Look Tile for Industrial Design

Industrial design is expanding from its urban roots and making its way into suburban homes. Case in point, this ultra-chic bathroom designed by Kelli Fontana Vogelgesang of West Bay Homes. The large-format Softcement Graphite tile infuses this space with the cool look of a cement loft.

This modern bathroom features large-format grey floor and wall tile and dark grey with white veining shower tile.
Featuring: Softcement Graphite, Noir Honed Hixton, Noir Honed Threshold, Noir Honed Mosaic, Alvarado and Livingstone Nero. Design by Kelli Fontana Vogelgesang. Build by Rick and Kelli Vogelgesang of West Bay Homes. Photography by Spacecrafting.

5. Create a Slab Look with Marble Tile

Large blocks of stone can creates timeless, elegant and chic walls, but can be expensive and difficult to install. Get the look of a stone slab with large-format marble tile. This gorgeous marble backsplash uses the 12″ x 24″ Calacata Evora Honed marble tile. The effect of the oversize tiles with their fewer grout joints gives this space an expansive look similar to what you would get from a single block of marble.

This bright, modern kitchen features a marble slab-look backsplash.
Featuring: Calacata Evora Honed. Design by Angelia Guthrie.
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6. Easy Handmade-look tiles

Handmade is made easy with the Cool Blue large-format wall tile. This 12″ x 24″ tile features pre-scored grout joints for easy installation. This tile gives the appearance of many smaller tiles, but the fewer grout joints makes the upkeep a breeze and the variation in tone and surface texture give this tile a true handmade look.

A large bathroom featuring a blue handmade-look tile accent wall.
Featuring: Cool Blue.

7. Authentic Wood-Look Tiles

Large-format tiles can mimic the look of real wood with long, skinny wood-look planks or decorative square wood looks like the Viggo Nogal Wood-Look porcelain tiles shown here. The realistic woodgrain texture will give your space all the elegance of organic material with the easy-to-clean, scratch- and water-resistant quality of porcelain. Shop our full assortment of wood-look tiles to achieve this effect.

A wood-look diamond patterned floor tile.
Featuring: Viggo Nogal Wood Look.

8. Fabulous Fluted Tile

This luxurious dining room designed by Kelli Fontana Vogelgesang truly reflects her bold, elegant and whimsical style. The fluted Tommas Classico (from our exclusive Kelli Fontana collection) is designed to add visual texture through the shadows each raised flute casts as the light moves through the room. This unique marble-look tile is also available in Tommas Cararra, which features subtle grey veining.

This glamorous dining room features white fluted marble-look tile and patina mirrored tile.
Featuring: Patina Eclipse, Patina Siren and Tommas Classico. Design by Kelli Fontana Vogelgesang.

9. Create a Calming Space with Textured Wood-Look Tile

Wood-look tile emulates natural material, connecting your space to the outside world with the serotonin-inducing sensations of a walk in the woods. This botanical benevolence is perfectly expressed in the soft, earth tones and elegant fluting of the Nidus Decor Mix tile. The cool and calming shower that looks as if it belongs in a wilderness retreat or chic spa.

A shower with wood-look fluted tile and shower niches that feature elongated hex tile.
Featuring: Nidus Decor Mix, Shapes Elongated Hex Off White Two Tone and DURAL Black Matte.

10. Rusted Metal-Look Tile

The Rust Green Geometric Luster tile has a worn appearance for a modern industrial look. The large-format of this tile make the floor look as if it’s made of large pieces of metal. If you love this chic and unique look, explore this tile’s other colorways: Brown and Ivory.

Rust green large-format floor tile.
Featuring: Rust Green Geometric Luster.

We hope you found these ideas on how to create expansive and cohesive spaces with large-format tile. Ready to tackle your room reno? It’s easier than ever to make your design dreams a reality with our free design services. Or, explore even more large-format tiles in real spaces on our Customer Room Gallery and Instagram!

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