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38 Gorgeous Bathroom Tile Ideas To Get Your Design Juices Flowing

updated Feb 7, 2023
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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 also on your budget. To help you out in your decision making, we’ve rounded up 50 (yes, 50) beautiful bathroom pictures to inspire your tile choices. Let’s take a look.

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.

Credit: Cathy Pyle

1. Gloriously Green

Boldly colored cement tile covers the floor of the bathroom in this London flat. (Image credit: Cathy Pyle)

2. Gray Marble Tile

Marble tile adds a luxurious touch to the bathroom of this Boston home. (Image credit: Emily Billings)

Credit: Minette Hand

3. Throwback Black and White Style

Classic black and white mosaic tile covers the floor of a bathroom in this Austin home. (Image credit: Minette Hand)

Credit: Lana Kenney

4. Dramatic Black Floor

A black floor helps to ground the bathroom of this Cape Town home. (Image credit: Lana Kenney)

5. Black and White Mosaic

Mosaic floor tile coordinates nicely with the other elements in the bathroom of this Michigan home. (Image credit: Diana Paulson)

Credit: Minette Hand

6. 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. (Image credit: Minette Hand)

Credit: Minette Hand

7. Large Tiles

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

8. Hex Tiles

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

9. 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. 

10. All-White Tiles

A white herringbone tile floor brightens up a dark-walled bathroom by Caitlin Wilson

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.

Credit: Viv Yapp

11. Architectural Elements

We love the unique edge detail on the hex tile lining this shower from MyDomaine

Credit: Lana Kenney

12. Black on Black

Black zellige tile makes a strong statement on the walls and floor of this shower by Alexander Design, as seen in Luxe Interiors + Design

13. Penny Tiles

This design by Jillian Harris uses differently colored penny tiles for an ombre effect. 

14. Mosaic Tiles

Brightly colored mosaic tiles make a bold statement on the walls of this shower from Inside Out. 

Credit: Ana Kamin

15. 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. 

16. Ombre Effect

Dark subway tile covers the walls of a shower at The Dean, a new boutique hotel in Providence, Rhode Island (spotted on Yatzer). 

17. Minimalist Look

Hexagonal cement tiles cover the walls of a shower from Tiles of Ezra

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.

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. Stately Gray Tile

The color variation in this tiles in this bathroom from MyDomaine adds a subtle texture. 

21. Starlight, Star Bright

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

22. Pretty in Pink

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

Credit: Lula Poggi

23. A Splash of Blue

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

24. Fully Tiled

Inexpensive hex tile, paired with dark grout, makes a striking statement in this bathroom spotted on Homes to Love

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: 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. (Image credit: Photographed by Susie Lowe, Designed by The Pink House)

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. 

27. Classic Style

Simple black and white tile makes for a classic look in this bathroom from Apartment 34.

28. Monochromatic Tiling

In this space from Homedit, simple, neutral tile is the name of the game. 

29. Continuous Tile

Marble tile on the walls and floor gives this little bathroom from 34 Kvadrat a luxurious feel. (Image credit: Minette Hand)

30. Stunning Patterns

In this small bathroom from Inside Out, patterned tile grounds the space and adds a dose of personality. (Image credit: William Strawser)

31. Walls of Tile

Classic white subway tile covers the walls of this bathroom from Share Design

Credit: Cathy Pyle

32. 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: Cathy Pyle

33. Tiled to the Ceiling

Subway tile frames the shower in this bathroom by Kate Lester Interiors

Credit: I Spy DIY

34. Tiles in Patterns

This bathroom remodel from Stories features subway tile laid in a stepped pattern.

Credit: Lana Kenney

35. Oversized Tile

In this space from Inside Out, dark grout gives traditional subway tile a little extra dimension.

Credit: Sweeten

36. Beveled Tile

This bathroom from Royal Roulotte has a wall covered in beveled subway tile. 

Wood Tile Flooring

A wood floor adds a warm, lovely touch to a space, but wood flooring in a wet space like a bathroom can be a bit of an issue. The solution, if you really want to get the look, is a floor made of ceramic tile made to look like wood — all the beauty and (visual) warmth of wood, with all the resilience of tile.

37. All Wood Tiles

Wood tiles cover both the floors and the walls in this upscale bathroom by Miami Construction Company.

38. Rustic Wood Tile

The uneven surface of this wood tile seen on @thehouseholdreview give this bathroom a rustic vibe..