Look We Love: Penny Tile in the Bathroom

Look We Love: Penny Tile in the Bathroom

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Nancy Mitchell
Sep 5, 2014
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Penny rounds can easily claim the title of Most Adorable Bathroom Tile. These teeny tiny tiles look just as good in a modern bathroom as in a vintage one, and wherever they are, they add a lovely texture and a pleasing feeling underfoot — like the bottom of a mountain stream, but without all the sharp poky bits. Read on for more inspiring interiors.

Above: this bathroom, spotted on My Scandinavian Home, takes penny tile up the walls and over the countertop too, for a look that's interesting and textured and modern.

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Here's a more traditional treatment (from Front + Main), with penny tile only on the floor. I love how the gray tiles, in variegated colors, really do look like river rocks.

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This bathroom, spotted on Desire to Inspire, takes (black!) penny tile halfway up the walls.

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Black penny tile all over, for a dramatic look. From Domino.

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The photos above show black penny tile with white grout, but here's something a little different: black penny tile with black grout. I love the modern feel this imparts and the way it emphasizes the texture of the tile. Spotted on The Interior Collective.

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Penny tiles line the inside of a shower, adding a little extra texture to a modern bathroom. From Stadshem, via Ison Kiven Juureen.

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From A Beautiful Mess, penny tile walls paired with a black hex tile floor.

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More gray tiles, this time on a wall. From Abbott Moon.

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The penny tile on the wall and tub surround provide a nice contrast to the sleeker elements in this bathroom from Dwell.

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Black penny tiles in a modern bathroom from Elizabeth Roberts. I love how all the disparate elements in this bathroom — the pedestal sink, the penny tile, that amazing brown marble — come together so seamlessly. And how gorgeous is that gold faucet?

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And yes, just in case you were wondering — you can do this with actual pennies. Here's a shot of the floor at the Standard Hotel's Standard Grill. If you're interested in making your own, here's a DIY from Pretty Purple Door.

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And if you like seeing money on the floor but want a slightly more subdued look, why not try... nickel tile? Some Seattle readers did this in their bathroom, and the 'tiles' added up to only $9.75 a square foot. Not too shabby.

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