50 Bathroom Tile Design Ideas

Tiles are frequently overlooked by new homeowners, and is often seen as a labor-intensive choice for home renovation projects. It may be dismissed as expensive or too cold. That might be your first impression, too.

Using the correct tiles does come with a host of benefits for many different applications. If you’re looking to make a statement in a room, adding tiles to strategic places can give your room a unique texture, or be a great way to incorporate a splash of color.

If you aren’t a fan of housework or harsh household cleaners, tile is your perfect match. Most tiles on the market today are stain-resistant and can hold up to any type of spill or household grime. All you have to do to clean up is use good old-fashioned soap and water. No chemical residue or expensive cleaners necessary.

If installed correctly (and it’s easier than you might think), tiles can last for up to 50 years with only a little grout work or resealing every 5-10 years. The only other product that lasts nearly as long is natural hardwood flooring (and that’s double to triple the price of tile).

Allergy sufferer? Environmentalist? There are fantastic tile options just for you. Due to the structure of most tile flooring and wall coverings on the market today, tile is the most hygienic of all surfaces.

Properly sealed (with environmentally friendly sealants) there are no crevices for bacteria to hide in or pockets where moisture and mold can accumulate.

Most tiles these days emit no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that can compromise the air quality in your home and make you or your family sick. All carpets and paints emit VOCs continuously.

Convinced that tile is right for you? Due to the quality standards listed above, all tile is fundamentally environmentally-friendly, clean, and durable. Your choice comes down to style and expression.

Types of Tile Flooring

The first thing to think about when it comes to tile flooring is what kind of pattern you want. This is how the tiles will lay on the floor. Do you want big squares in a straight line? Random? A “herringbone” pattern (this is the one that looks like arrows)? There’s also “running bond” which looks like a brick wall, checkerboard, “pinwheel” which is a small square that sits at the corners of 4 larger squares, and basket weave.

Those are the most common styles. You can also choose a two-tile pattern where large lines of tile are separated by small lines or even come up with your own pattern. If you’re feeling artistic you can make all kinds of shapes and patterns. Just make sure you have everything measured out on paper before you get down to buying or cutting tile.

If you have rooms that are square or rectangle in shape you can make a border with another type of tile. You can use the same idea to divide rooms. Contrasting tile colors can be used as a transitional threshold.

The above styles all use traditionally shaped tiles. It’s also possible to go for round, diamond, triangular or even hexagonal shapes. Whatever you desire, it’s out there. Tile can let you express whatever mood you want for a room. Different shapes and patterns can change the shape and feel in a way no other material comes close to.

When it comes to materials you have several choices:

  • Stone – Stone is a big category. Here you will find marble, slate, granite, quartz, travertine (a type of limestone), and sometimes unmarked “natural” and “quarry” stones. If it is sealed just as every tile should be, and the seal is maintained, then you won’t have to worry about staining. Durability ranges from stone to stone. Slate is more likely to crack or chip under stress. Marble and granite are most likely to hold up if well maintained.
  • Ceramic –  The most popular choice for a reason. Ceramic tile is the most affordable, cleans and holds up extremely well, is not likely to scratch or chip and is naturally stain- and water-resistant. With good grout work, sealing can be optional.
  • Porcelain – Made in a similar way to ceramic, porcelain has all of the same qualities but is considered to be of better quality due to the type of clay used in the production process.
  • Glass – This type of tile is chosen for style over durability. Best used for accents or rooms that don’t see heavy traffic. Glass tile may scratch or “etch” over time causing it to loose it’s sheen.
  • Vinyl – Not real “tile” but it’s sometimes marketed as such. Will not hold up as well as the other choices and will release VOCs.


50 Bathroom Tile Design Ideas


If any room reminds you of tile it should be the bathroom. You can use it to cover the floors, the walls, the interior of the shower, a backsplash around the sink, the pedestal of the sink, the sink itself- even the ceiling.

You can use any of the types or patterns listed above but porcelain and glass tiles are the usually choices when it comes to a shower or bathroom backsplash due to their high resistance to moisture.


1 Aqua Mosaic Tile

Aqua Mosaic Tile

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2. Beige Tile Walk-In Shower

Beige Tile Walk-In Shower

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3. Black Hexagonal Floor Tile

Black Hexagonal Floor Tile

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4. Black Tile Shower

Black Tile Shower

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5. Blue and White Tiles

Blue and White Tiles

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6. Blue Marble Tile Backsplash

Bathroom with Blue Marble Tile Backsplash

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7. Blue Mosaic Tile Wall

Bathroom with Blue Mosaic Tile Wall

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8. Blue Subway Tile Wall

Bathroom with Blue Subway Tile Wall

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9. Brick Tile Wall

Bathroom with Brick Tile Wall

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10. Bright Teal Tile

Bathroom with Bright Teal Tile

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11. Brown Mosaic Tile

Bathroom with Brown Mosaic Tile

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12. Ceramic Tile

Bathroom with Ceramic Tile

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13.  Chevron Tile

Bathroom with Chevron Tile

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14. Concrete Tile Floor

Bathroom with Concrete Tile Floor

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15. Dark Tile Shower

Bathroom with Dark Tile Shower

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16. Faux Bois Tile

Bathroom with Faux Bois Tile

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17. Geometric Tile Floor

Bathroom with Geometric Tile Floor

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18. Gray and White Mosaic Tile

Bathroom with Gray and White Mosaic Tile

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19. Gray Tile Floor

Bathroom with Gray Tile Floor

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20. Gray Tile Wall

Bathroom with Gray Tile Wall

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21. Green and White Mosaic Tile Floor

Bathroom with Green and White Mosaic Tile Floor

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22. Green Tile Backsplash

Bathroom with Green Tile Backsplash

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23. Herringbone Tile Floor

Bathroom with Herringbone Tile Floor

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24. Hexagonal Tile Floor

Bathroom with Hexagonal Tile Floor

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25. Large Black Tile

Bathroom with Large Black Tile

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26. Large Brown Tile

Bathroom with Large Brown Tile

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27. Limestone Tile Wall

Bathroom with Limestone Tile Wall

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28. Marble Tile

Bathroom with Marble Tile

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29. Marble Tile Floor

Bathroom with Marble Tile Floor

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30. Metallic Tile

Bathroom with Metallic Tile

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31. Mixed Tile Patterns

Bathroom with Mixed Tile Patterns

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32. Moroccan Tile Wall

Bathroom with Moroccan Tile Wall

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33. Mosaic Tile Floor

Bathroom with Mosaic Tile Floor

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34. Neutral Stone Tile

Bathroom with Neutral Stone Tile

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35. Orange Shower Tile

Bathroom with Orange Shower Tile

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36. Pebble Tile Wall

Bathroom with Pebble Tile Wall

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37. Porcelain Tile Floor

Bathroom with Porcelain Tile Floor

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38. Radial Marble Floor Tile

Bathroom with Radial Marble Floor Tile

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39. Red Tile Wall

Bathroom with Red Tile Wall

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40. Rippled Tile Wall

Bathroom with Rippled Tile Wall

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41. Sleek Gray and White Mosaic Tile

Bathroom with Sleek Gray and White Mosaic Tile

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42. Stone Tile Floor

Bathroom with Stone Tile Floor

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43. Stone Tile Shower

Bathroom with Stone Tile Shower

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44. Vertical Turquoise Tile

Bathroom with Vertical Turquoise Tile

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45. Wavy Gray Tile

Bathroom with Wavy Gray Tile

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46. White Marble Tile Floor

Bathroom with White Marble Tile Floor

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47. White Subway Tile

Bathroom with White Subway Tile

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48. Woodgrain Tile Floor

Bathroom with Woodgrain Tile Floor

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49. Wood Look Tile Wall

Bathroom with Wood Look Tile Wall

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50. Yellow Tile Wall

Bathroom with Yellow Tile Wall

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Tile will last much longer than any other type of flooring and have fewer upkeep costs. As a wall treatment it can cut clean up time in half and help you express your personal style. With a little upkeep every decade or so, your tile can last the majority of your lifetime – or until you get the urge to change things up!

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