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8 Stylish Bathroom Tile Ideas

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These bathroom tile design ideas will take your bath from drab to fab. Explore tile patterns with varying sizes, borders, directions, and textures.

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Tub with gray subway tile surround

Cover a Worn Wall

Replace worn-out wall coverings with paint, glass mosaic tile, chair-rail tile, and subway tile. Glazed porcelain floor tile looks like marble for less than $2 per square foot.

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White subway tiles in chevron pattern

Try a New Direction

Want style on a budget? Get creative with basic white subway tiles. Lay tiles in an unexpected pattern, such as this chevron. Top off the look with bands of decorative trim tiles. The black and white tiles add texture and a modern color contrast to the lower subway tiles.


Mosaic tile set in a vertical pattern below a chair rail

Add Luxury with Tile

This transitional look is elegant but not fussy, melding classic and modern styles with allen + roth™ mosaic tile set in a lively vertical pattern below a chair rail.

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Tile patterns in bathroom to define spaces

Mix and Match Tile Sizes

Use tile patterns to define spaces. Here, large square tiles cover the tub surround and the floor. Arrange these tiles on a diagonal to make the bathroom appear larger. Diagonal grout lines create longer lines for the eye to follow. Smaller 4"x4" stone tiles in a lighter shade add texture to the room. Install the smaller tiles in a grid pattern for a larger contrast to the other tiles.

Black and white bathroom with white subway tiles

Create a Focal Point

All eyes are on this pedestal sink and mirror thanks to this mix of horizontal and vertical subway tiles arranged to create diagonal basketweave patterns that meet at the sink.

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Decorative tile accent around a bath tub

Accent with Decorative Tile

Keep decorative tiles from becoming overwhelming by using them in small doses, which also saves time and money as decorative tiles can require extra hours for installation and cost more per tile. Create a stylish tub surround with a strip of decorative tiles around the bathtub. Plain walls get a boost from tiles-turned-wall art. Patterned tiles create a one-of-a-kind frame for a plain wall mirror.

Tub with subway tile surround

Limit Tile to the Surround

Mix function and style by limiting tile to the tub surround. Tile is an ideal choice for the surround because it's waterproof. Here, a narrow band of accent tiles adds a textured mosaic with a color treat to white subway tiles.

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Tile border in bathroom

Create a Tile Border

Add drama to a bathroom by mixing textures. Pair the smooth glass mosaic tiles with rough 6"x6" stone tiles to create a sharp contrast. A row of colorful mosaic tiles creates a decorative border. Despite the small size, 1"x1" glass tiles can be easy to work with thanks to 12" x12" net backing that simplifies installation.