Bathroom Tile Design Ideas

You already know tile is perfect for the bathroom, but did you know how many different bathroom tile ideas there are? With thousands of choices for durable, easy-to-clean tiles and endless designs and arrangements, you can always create a completely unique bathroom tile design. Need some help with ideas and getting started? Browse this page or stop into The Tile Shop—we’re always here to help.

Elegant bathroom with white marble tile and antique mirror accents.

White marble and mirrored tiles equal high-end glamour.

2019 Tile Design Trends

This year, we’re loving using bathroom tile to really personalize a space and make it meaningful to you. With our always-growing collections of ceramic, porcelain and stone, it’s easier than ever to make your design your own. Hundreds of color choices mean there are endless, unique combinations to dream up. Edging tiles and frames help add a special designer touch that makes your space stand out, too. Contemporary styles (including tiles, fixtures and other pieces) are also popular for 2019. Try incorporating sculptural, 3-D tiles to add contemporary flair to your space. Transitional decor that blends contemporary and traditional styles is a close second and is quickly gaining popularity.

Purple marble bathroom tile.

Looking for a distinct bathroom tile? Milas Lilac purple marble is a striking and vibrant stone collection.

Sculptural white ceramic bathroom tile.

Sculptural tiles are a popular trend because of their unique and contemporary texture.

A whimsical botanical bird print delivers a pop of color and vibrancy to this shower.

Pink and grey ceramic subway tiled bathroom.

Creating your own unique design with different tile patterns and colors is the perfect way to make your walls a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Subway Tile Accents

Subway tile is one of the most versatile design options. It’s classic and timeless yet modern at the same time. Subway tiles come in a variety of colors, patterns and materials to add interest to your bathroom and in a simple white to let other design elements shine. You can even drastically change the look of your subway tile with contrasting grout colors. Whichever you choose, subway tile isn’t going out of style anytime soon.

Subway tile is available in so much more than white! Colors like this serene blue-and-green-glass subway create a shower oasis.

Faux-textured subway tiles give an industrial vibe to your bathroom’s shower.

Want to see more? Browse our subway tile.

Glass Mosaic Accents

Want to add an exciting accent to your bathroom tile design? Glass mosaics are one of the easiest ways to add pops of color, shine and shape to your shower, recessed shelf or backsplash. You can create a stripe, a framed accent or a full wall with a glass mosaic that has already done the work of pairing colors and materials together for you.

We love how this design breaks up all-white tile with a colorful glass stria mosaic.

Contrasting both the color and shape of your shower tile is a great idea.

Want to see more options? Browse our mosaic tile.

Large-Format Tiles

There are lots of benefits of using large-format tiles in your bathroom. They easily cover large areas, can be easier to clean due to having fewer grout lines and can make a small space look bigger. But we love them most of all for the elegance they bring to a room. Elevate the style of your shower, tub or bathroom tile with any of The Tile Shop’s hundreds of large-format tiles, including wood-look planks and 3-D tiles.

Large-format wall tiles mean fewer grout lines, greater wall coverage and a chic, minimal design.

These large-format bathroom tiles turn a simple design into a modern wallpaper look.

Modern bathroom vanity with white textured designer wall tile.

Need an idea to make an all-white bathroom turn heads? Just add texture.

Browse our selection of large-format tile.

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Bathroom Wall Tile Ideas

Wall tile is easy to clean, long lasting and adds incomparable style to your bathroom. If you need ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Traditional or contemporary, old-world or mid-century modern, you can achieve almost any design style you want with your bathroom tile. And don’t forget about the different patterns and combinations possible when arranging you tiles. A fresh pattern for a classic tile can be just the twist your design needs.

How’s this for a showstopping tile design? Unique color, mixed materials and reflective tiles help this wall stand out.

We’ll never stop loving grey tile, and here is one of the (many) reasons why.

Want to see more? Browse our bathroom wall tile.

Shower Tile Ideas

Tile is always a great choice for your shower or tub because it’s waterproof and cleans easily. We’re partial to it because it can turn an otherwise overlooked part of the home into a gorgeous showpiece. Always take shower and tub tile into account when you plan the rest of your bathroom. You certainly don’t need to match them, but all of the tiles in the bathroom should look like part of a cohesive design.

This stunning bathtub tile shows that more is more when it comes to mosaics.

A black floor tile, white wall tile and shimmery accent tile are a winning combination.

Bathroom Floor Tile Ideas

While you can match your floor and wall tile, it is also a great opportunity to create contrast in a different color, shape or material. An otherwise all-white bathroom pops with a dramatic dark tile floor and vice versa. If you don’t want to go that bold, try tiling the floor in a coordinating color but use a unique shape, like hexagons or large-format tiles, to create interest.

Need a bold floor tile idea? Encaustic and encaustic-look tiles add pattern and color to walls and floors.

Sometimes the simplest design is the chicest. A black hexagon floor tile is always a stylish choice.

Browse our bathroom floor tile selection.

Tips for Using Tile in Small Bathrooms

The tiny bathroom…we’ve all been there. But with a few tile tricks, there are ways to make it feel larger than it is. Using one tile on all the walls, floor to ceiling, can help open a space up. Switching to another tile partway up the wall can visually cut the room off, making it appear smaller. If you’re using both tile and paint on the walls, using similar colors will help smoothly transition from one space to another without hard stops. Tiling your shower all the way to the top of ceiling is a similar strategy that gives height to your bathroom.

Using a very similar wall and floor tile? Add interest with a framed wall mosaic that acts as a work of art.

Monochromatic walls and a patterned floor look modern and timeless at the same time.

Tips for Choosing Bathroom Tile Colors

There are many different options for your bathroom’s color scheme which can make it hard to choose the right one for you. Often, it’s hard to explain the look you want, but you’ll know it when you see it. That’s why we recommend checking out our social media pages and The Tile Shop Customer Gallery. Here, you’ll find lots of inspiration and pictures of real spaces so you can better imagine how a certain tile or color scheme will look in a real home. Once you start browsing and find something you like, save it or print it out when you come into The Tile Shop for inspiration.

Neutral looks are very popular but if you love bright, bold or dark colors, don’t be afraid to use them. Just balance a bright color with neutrals. There’s nothing wrong with an all-neutral bathroom, but try to use more than one neutral, like combining grey and white, to keep the look interesting. And don’t be afraid to make your own rules! As long as the tile and basic elements of the room are not competing with one another, you can play with different colors and accents until it works.

Don’t be afraid of color! This stone-look tan tile is a neutral, and it also lets the blue tile shine.

This stunning bathroom design is simpler than it looks. Combine the same or a similar stone in different shapes for each surface.

3-D tile is a major trend right now. It adds color, texture and a focal point to walls when it’s framed like this one.

Nothing beats seeing the tile in person. Come in to browse our huge selection of tile options at a store near you.

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