Ways to Use Bathroom Tile You Won't Stop Thinking About

Ways to Use Bathroom Tile You Won't Stop Thinking About

Nancy Mitchell
Sep 8, 2016
(Image credit: Petrina Turner Design)

In my line of work, I look at lots and lots of bathrooms, but still I find myself continuously amazed by the creative ways in which interior designers use tile. Whether as an accent or as a full wall treatment, tile can really transform the look of a bathroom, and nowhere is that more evident than in these 11 spaces, where unusual applications of tile create interiors that are both beautiful and unique.

(Image credit: Inside Out)

In this bathroom from Inside Out, fish scale tile make for a striking accent in the shower. Also lead image above.

(Image credit: Hauvette-Madani)

Design firm Hauvette-Madani carried the same black and white tile in bits and pieces throughout this minty remodeled bathroom. It's cohesive and freshly unexpected at the same time.

(Image credit: Alexander Design)

Black Moroccan Zellige tiles set off a corner shower in this bathroom by Alexander Design, as seen in Luxe Interiors + Design. The gloss pairs nicely with the matte tile floor.

(Image credit: T Magazine)

Horizontal black subway tile and dark floral wallpaper make for an especially striking combination in this bathroom from T Magazine.

(Image credit: Weranda)

Using pebble tile just on the floor of this freestanding shower creates a beautiful contrast with the wood flooring in the rest of the bathroom. Image from Weranda Country.

(Image credit: Design Milk)

If you love a particular tile but don't want it to overwhelm the bathroom (or just can't afford a whole wall), try creating an accent just behind the sink. A ribbon of patterned encaustic tile frames the sink and slips down onto the floor in this bathroom from Design Milk.

(Image credit: Jillian Harris)

A cascade of penny tiles adds a gorgeous, beachy vibe to this bathroom by designer Jillian Harris.

(Image credit: Domino)

Rather than going the accent wall route, this bathroom (spotted on Domino) is completely covered in penny tile, with surprisingly elegant results.

(Image credit: My Domaine)

In this bathroom from My Domaine, hex tile covers a shower and terminates in a playful pattern.

(Image credit: Elizabeth Roberts)

In this clever tiny bathroom designed by Elizabeth Roberts, a hex tile pattern wraps from the floor to almost halfway up the wall. (This is a Brooklyn example of a 'Scandinavian wet room', a bathroom where there's no shower enclosure and the bathroom itself becomes the shower.)

(Image credit: Frenchy Fancy)

In this bathroom from Frenchy Fancy, a light grey beveled subway tile that's just the same color as the wall imparts an interesting texture — and is just the right complement to the patterned cement tile floor.

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