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Trendy Tile: 5 Fun Ideas for your Bathroom


Classic subway tile with dark grout is a timeless look. Consider pairing it with a mosaic tile on the floor.

Tile is an integral part and a staple of every bathroom. On the floors, walls, and in the shower, tile can be anywhere and everywhere. Not only is tile decorative, but it is durable and waterproof, making it ideal for these spaces. Whether you’re looking to make a statement or play it safe, there are endless options available which can be installed in a variety of patterns. Below are 5 tile ideas to consider:


1. Classic Subway Tile

The classic look of traditional subway tile is here to stay. The typical, white 3” x 6” ceramic tile will remain timeless, but if you’re looking for something more a bit more trendy and fun consider using tile with a textured finish or pop of color for a unique twist on this classic look. You can use other size rectangular tiles like 3” x 12” or 6” x 12” installed in the subway pattern as well.


2. Stamped Cement Tile

Patterned tile is a hot trend right now. Stamped cement tile is exactly what it sounds like, usually a square tile made of cement with the pattern stamped on top. A variety of designs and colors are available to create a dramatic look or to add some visual interest to a simple space. Consider installing on the floor or even up the wall behind the vanity. Consult with your tile or design specialist for any important sealing and installation instructions.


3. Unique Shapes & Patterns

A relatively plain tile can be stepped up a notch by selecting a unique shape like hexagon, Moroccan fish scale, penny round or arabesque. A unique shape is a good option for a homeowner who wants to play it safe with neutral colors, but add a little bit of pizzazz. Tile can be installed in a variety of patterns as well to create the same dramatic effect including herringbone, chevron, diamond or straight-stack.


4. Mix & Match

Mixing different tiles in the bathroom is a go-to move of many designers. Using one tile for shower walls and a different tile for the floor creates contrast as does using a mosaic tile for a decorative inset or niches in the shower. As long as both tiles fit within the color scheme and the patterns don’t clash, mixing and matching tile can be very successful.


A decorative inset and niches create focal points in this shower.

5. Textured Tile

Textured tile can provide a luxurious feel. Imagine the sensation of pebble stone floor tiles under your feet in the shower, or visualize the focal point of a rough-hewn stone accent wall. Incorporating texture and dimension in these ways goes above and beyond the typical bathroom and can be bold decision choices that really pay off for that “Wow” factor.


Check out these interesting tile designs below from recent projects and inspiration from KBIS 2019!



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