13 Creative Bathroom Tile Ideas

Give your bathroom a new look with these creative ideas for walls and floors

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Travertine walls

These “timera” travertine tiles have a slightly pillowed edge that makes you want to reach out and touch them. The cocoa brown color sets off a white and chrome vanity beautifully.

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Metal backsplash

Metal is great from an aesthetic standpoint—it’s a rigid material that adds sparkle. “The backsplash is a perfect place to incorporate metal into the design, as it’s easy to clean and less likely to get scratched there than it would be as a countertop,” explains interior designer Terrell Goeke.

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Patterned tile wall

On the wall, random-patterned ceramic tiles in five shades of green add an eye-catching element to the vanity, which is made from reclaimed Douglas fir.

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Mosaic vanity wall

Ice blue glass mosaic tiles cover the countertop and extend into a tiled wall that also includes white and ocean blue.

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Tumbled slate

Tawny-colored tumbled slate provides a warm hue for the walls and slip resistance for the floors in this shower that looks onto an enclosed deck.

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Glass & subway tile

Interspersing a few dozen glass tiles among less expensive white subway tiles saved the owners of this bathroom a considerable amount of money.

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Raised tile backsplash

Raised tiles add contrast without necessarily intro­ducing a new color.

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Travertine floors

Travertine floor tiles with chiseled edges have a textured surface that makes them slip resistant.

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Mosaic shower wall

When you invest in a thorough mosaic tile look for your walls, you want to highlight it. Clear glass shower doors don’t obscure the tiled walls in the tub surround.

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Square porcelain floor tiles mimic slate in this bath­room but are far more durable.

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Hexagon mosaic

A combination of lavender, white, and gray make this teen­age girl’s bath­room sophisticated enough to transition into a guest bath when she leaves home. Hexagon mosaic marble floor tiles give it an upscale look.

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The owners of this small guest bath decided to splurge on basket-weave glass tiles for the floor, making it an unforgettable room in the house.

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Clean lines

No matter what type of tile you use, you want to aim for clean lines and streamlined design. In this bathroom, tiling around the mirror anchors it to the tub area. Recessed niches on either side of the faucet line up perfectly with the rim of the slipper tub.