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The Best and Boldest Patterned Tile Before and Afters We Saw This Year

published Dec 24, 2019
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Just because flooring goes underfoot doesn’t mean it needs to be an afterthought. Beautiful patterned tile floors have been everywhere in bathrooms and kitchens this year—especially in the colors black and white. Steal the look from the seven seriously inspirational before and afters below… and lest you think tile is for kitchens and baths only, all of these picks would look great in a laundry room or entryway, too. (Psst: To see the afters, just swipe left.)

Black and white mosaic tile… with a twist

You’ve seen mosaic tiles before, but this version is a stunner. This wow-worthy black and white mosaic tile kitchen flooring was custom made by Daltile. You could get the look in your own home by purchasing sheets of mosaic tile in a few different colors, then popping them out and moving them around to create your own custom pattern. Painstaking? Yes. Worth it? Also yes.

A matte cement-tile look

The black and white patterned flooring in this bathroom is bold but not overwhelming, thanks to its neutral color palette. Find the matte, cement-look tiles at British Ceramic Tile. Bonus: Large tiles mean fewer grout lines to clean. 

Chic—and versatile—zig-zags

The black and white zig-zag tile floors in this bathroom were made with two-toned square tiles (they’re CaPietra Parisian Café Porcelain tiles). We like the bold, heavy lines of this pattern, but you could arrange these tiles in a variety of patterns in your own home.

A pink and orange showstopper

Colorful patterned tiles are done so right in this boho bathroom, which is laid with the Hex Clip cement tiles from Clé. Pairing them with equally vibrant green wall tiles makes this space extra bold and super fun. A natural wood vanity helps tie all the colors together.

Classic hex tile

This simple bathroom shines with black and white statement flooring, a twist on old-school hex tile. “It adds an unexpected pop and creates the right amount of contrast in such a bright, airy space,” homeowner Katherine says.

Vintagey black and white flowers

How sweet is this floral bathroom floor? The vintage-inspired design is made from tiny hexagonal tiles; black grout helps it all pop. The tiles are by Merola from Home Depot—beautiful and affordable.

Hex tile, oversized 

The showpiece of this petite bathroom is its oversized hex-patterned marble tile floor, which extends into the shower. “We absolutely love the way the hexagon floor tile turned out—it’s bold without being overwhelming in a small space, and it gives the room an upscale sort of feel,” blogger Faith Towers Provencher of Design Fixation says. You can find the same tile at The Builder Depot.