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8 Stylish Bathroom Tile Ideas

Bathroom tile design ideas.

Take Your Bathroom From Drab to Fab

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

Bathroom sink and vanity with gray subway tile and 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 patter.

TRY A NEW DIRECTION

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

Mosaic tile set in a vertical pattern below a chair rail.

ADD LUXURY WITH TILE

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

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Tile patterns in bathroom to define spaces.

MIX & MATCH TILE SIZES

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

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 tile. The arrangement creates diagonal basketweave patterns that meet at the sink.

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Decorative tile around a bath tub.

ACCENT WITH DECORATIVE TILE

Keep decorative tile from becoming overwhelming by using them in small doses, which also saves time and money as decorative tile can require extra hours for installation and cost more per tile. Create a stylish tub surround with a strip of decorative tile around the bathtub. Plain walls get a boost from tile-turned-wall art. Patterned tile 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 tile adds texture and color to white subway tile.

Tile border in bathroom.

CREATE A TILE BORDER

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