31 Gorgeous Bathroom Tile Designs to Inspire Your Imagination

updated Feb 2, 2024
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So you’re planning a bathroom. One of the most important considerations you’ll face is what tile to use: on the floor, in the shower, maybe even on the walls. The tile you choose will have a huge effect on the look of your bathroom, and not to mention on your budget. To help you decide, we’ve rounded up beautiful bathroom tile design pictures to inspire your tile choices. Let’s take a look at the different tile patterns, colors, shapes, and installation options out there.

Bathroom Floor Tile

Let’s start with the floor tile. Depending on what you’re planning on doing with tile elsewhere (and also on your budget), your floor tile may be very simple, or very colorful and attention-getting. Dark tile can help to ground a big, bright space: lighter tile can open up a smaller, darker space. If you do decide to go for broke with floor tile, you probably want to keep the rest of the elements in the space fairly simple.

1. Head Spinners

This windmill design is eye-catching and gorgeous, and the colors are a perfect match for the brick wall on the back side of this Barcelona bathroom.

Credit: Cathy Pyle

2. Gloriously Green

Boldly colored cement tile covers the floor of the bathroom in this London flat.

3. Gray Marble Tile

Marble tile adds a luxurious touch to the bathroom of this Boston home.

Credit: Minette Hand

4. Throwback Black and White Style

Classic black and white mosaic tile covers the floor of a bathroom in this Austin home.

Credit: Lana Kenney

5. Dramatic Black Floor

A black floor helps to ground the bathroom of this Cape Town home.

6. Black and White Mosaic

Mosaic floor tile coordinates nicely with the other elements in the bathroom of this Michigan home.

Credit: Minette Hand

7. A Touch of Blue

Patterned cement floor tile draws the eye in the bathroom of this Austin home: the other elements in the bathroom are kept fairly simple, to let the tile floor take center stage.

Credit: Minette Hand

8. Large Tiles

In another bathroom in the same Austin home, large-format tile makes for a minimal look, and also minimal grout lines. 

9. Hex Tiles

The black hex tile floor adds a bit of pattern to the bathroom of this Chicago home

10. Non-Traditional Pattern

The mosaic tile floor in the bathroom of this Australian home swaps the expected black-on-white pattern for white-on-black. 

Shower Tile

While wall tile is optional elsewhere in the bathroom, you’ll definitely want to have it in the shower. You can go with a fairly simple tile treatment, or use your shower area to make a big statement. And if you’re looking to DIY the tiling of an existing shower, we’ve got all the instructions you need here.

11. Subtle Peach

The subtle peach hue of the vertical shower tile in this Los Angeles bathroom is enough to add a hint of color but not completely overwhelm the space.

Credit: Erin Derby

12. Half and Half

This half-black, half-white shower tile looks stunning in this teeny tiny bathroom in a converted school bus. The black tiled shower seat is spacious enough to take a seat and even hold a thirsty plant.

Credit: Minette Hand

13. Turn it Around

We’re all used to seeing rectangular tiles laid out in a horizontal grid pattern but turn them 90 degrees, and suddenly, the look is all new. The look is particularly striking when paired with black tiles, as seen in this Austin home.

Credit: Ana Kamin

14. Subway Tiles

The marble subway tile that lines the walls of the shower in this Berkeley home makes for an interesting twist on a classic. 

Bathroom Wall Tile

This is where it starts to get really fun. Whether you take it halfway up the wall or all the way to the ceiling, wall tile can have a dramatic effect on the look of your bathroom. Even if you decide to go with traditional penny tile or subway tile, there are ways to make it pop.

15. Line it Up

There’s so much to love about the cohesive appearance of square blue tiles laid out in a simple grid pattern along the walls (and even the front of the shower pan) in this Barcelona apartment.

16. Going Up

If you have an arch over your bath or shower, tiling it adds some extra flair to the space while also helping to protect the lowered ceiling area from water damage. To enhance the dramatic look, add a contrasting border along the edge, like the black tiles in this Detroit home.

17. A True Checkerboard

Plenty of people create checkerboard patterns, but few embrace the red and black colors of the original game. Turn them on their sides to turn the squares in the diamonds (as seen in this Buenos Aires bathroom) and you have a bathroom fit for royalty.

18. Vertically Oriented Tile

The walls in the bathroom of this Australian home are covered in subway tile, laid in an unconventional pattern. 

19. Creative Penny Tile

In this New Orleans home, dark grout makes the penny tile on the walls pop.

20. Starlight, Star Bright

Popham Design makes plenty of beautiful cement tiles, some of which can be seen gracing the wall of a bathroom here. 

21. Pretty in Pink

The walls of this space from Home Adore are covered in beveled pink subway tile.

Credit: Lula Poggi

22. A Splash of Blue

Bright blue tiles add a colorful touch in this Barcelona home.

23. Fully Tiled

White subway tiles with black grout cover the walls of this Albuquerque, New Mexico, bathroom, giving it a classic look.

Small Bathroom Tile Ideas

When picking tile for a small bathroom, you want to be careful not to overwhelm the space. This doesn’t mean that you can’t make some adventurous tile choices, just that if you do, you’ll want to balance them out with more neutral tiles elsewhere.

Credit: Lula Poggi

24. Bold Color Choices

This bathroom in a Barcelona apartment packs a punch with color in a relatively small amount of space. The orange grout on the gray tile works perfectly — and matches up with the bold orange vanity.

Credit: Photographed by Susie Lowe, Designed by The Pink House

25. Beautiful Wallpaper

This petite bathroom in a stylish Edinburgh home is completely clad in subway tile.

Credit: Tamara Gavin

26. Accent Tiles

In this small bathroom by Studio LS, a wall of patterned tile steals the show. Keeping things simple elsewhere keeps the look from becoming overwhelming. 

Credit: Cathy Pyle

27. Unique Patterns

Here’s another small bathroom with colorful patterned floor tile, from Dezeen

Subway Tile in the Bathroom

Subway tile is hugely popular for a reason: it has a timeless, classic look, it’s incredibly versatile, and also, it’s cheap. And if you think you know subway tile, you might be wrong: there are plenty of different varieties, and different ways to lay the tile that will shake up the traditional look.

Credit: Minette Hand

28. Nature Inspired

The subway tile in this small Brooklyn bathroom gives a twist on the traditional by using a moss green shade instead of the typical white.

29. Encased in Glass

Subway tile perfectly complements the stunning glass doors that separate this small shower from the rest of the bathroom in this Michigan house.

Credit: Cathy Pyle

30. Tiled to the Ceiling

Subway tile frames the shower in this charming London bathroom

Credit: I Spy DIY

31. Tiles in Patterns

This patterned subway tile in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, bathroom quite literally spins the traditional white subway tile design.