Bathroom tiles are an easy way to update your bathroom without completely renovating the whole room. A new bathroom tile design will instantly add a new dimension to your bathroom, adding colour or pattern to your current suite.
Use unique and beautiful tiles to theme your bathroom, or opt for simple tiles in one colour to elegantly frame your bathroom fittings. Bathroom tiles aren’t just designated to the walls either. Tiling floors, bath surrounds or just one area, such as behind the basin, will give your bathroom a unique look that is also on trend.
Tiled bathrooms can be simple but effective. Block colour tiles either on the floor or on the bathroom walls will look chic and sophisticated. Alternatively, patterned tiles will give an ornate, vintage look and will add depth and character to an otherwise plain bathroom.
Can’t decide between coloured and patterned tiles? Checked tiles of alternating blue and white is a simple design that will still create a big impact. As will mosaic tiles, which lend a luxurious tone to even the smallest bathroom. Choosing quirky printed tiles either as a splash back behind your basin, or to make a collage behind your bath will give your room an extra feature, without breaking the bank.
Zone out a freestanding bath with floor tiles just under the bath. The soft grey-brown and midnight blue is a serene choice of bathroom colour scheme.
Statement wallpaper and contrasting tiles can work really well in a bathroom. We love the way the oil-effect, mosaic tiles pick up the green in the wallpaper – and make a feature of the inset shelf.
For a touch of spa-style at home, aqua blue mosaic tiles are ideal. For a tile effect like this the walls need to be perfectly flat and even, make sure you consult a tiling expert before attempting a job like this yourself.
We love these reclaimed fish-print tiles. It doesn’t matter that they are a little battered (forgive the pun!) and are not perfectly fitted, they look better and more authentic this way.
Using black dado tiles to finish off a panel of white tiles is a simple and effective way to get a 1920s period-style bathroom. This could be a very old-fashioned and cold bathroom, but the cornflower blue paint and eclectic bathroom accessories add a warm, feminine touch.
These stunning purple mosaic tiles, covering the floor and walls, make a stunning statement very simply. Using one colour and texture will help to make a small bathroom look bigger.
It’s amazing what you can do with a few mismatched tiles. We love the stunning collage of reclaimed tiles in this white bathroom. Sticking to one colourway is the secret to ensure your piece of bathroom tile artwork looks as good as this one.
We love this eclectic bathroom. It looks thrown together but thought-out all at the same time. The bright teal blue, brick-shaped tiles provide a solid focus point, while the accessories are a little chaotic and fun.
Instead of a shower curtain or screen, consider glass brick tiles, which provide a little extra light (if near a window) and they’re also very hard-wearing. They also help to divide the space in a wet room.
A cheap and easy way to get a coastal-style bathroom is with a simple colour scheme of blue and white and matching floor tiles.
Mosaics are a versatile option for a bathroom.
Plain mosaics add a bit of shimmer to walls, giving movement to the
room, while their small size makes them ideal for creating pattern; take a look at the extraordinary designs plotted by computer by Italian company Bisazza, or at designs such as this pretty and feminine design (pictured) by tile and stone specialist Ann Sacks.
If you prefer not to have pattern but also want to avoid a wholly plain look, then texture is the way to go. It is a big trend for bathrooms this year, and is particularly effective when combined with a good lighting scheme, which will highlight the relief pattern and create a cocooning atmosphere. Here, designer Fiona Barratt-Campbell uses subtle texture to help focus the eye on the smooth, elegant bath.
Handmade Moorish designs, known as Zelliges, bring unusual pattern to a bathroom and are especially successful in wetrooms and shower enclosures, creating a hammam feel. In Britain, Habibi and Studio Dar both specialise in these Arabesque tiles, but Fired Earth also has these fabulous Paris Caberet tiles in its new collection.
Tiles are not just for walls; they are, of course, also a favourite finish for the floor. Where space allows, try using classic encaustic tiles in a large-scale monochrome pattern, such as the one seen here, to make a bold statement.
Classic bathrooms are popular once more and there are a number of period-inspired tile collections around to choose from. Border tiles, inset patterned tiles and co-ordinating shades in both plain and patterned floor and wall tiles will add architectural interest to an otherwise plain room.
Porcelain tiles are a versatile option as they are suitable for use on floors and walls, can be plain or patterned and can replicate a range of materials, including wood and metal. These Ruggine Caldera tiles have a wonderful weathered metal finish that adds interest over a larger area. Make sure to use the appropriate tile for the surface; floor tiles, for example, tend to be stronger and have a matt, anti-slip finish.
While white and pale colours are fresh choices for the bathroom, darker shades can add a sense of drama and have a cocooning effect. Here, warm lighting allows these purple mosaic tiles to shimmer, while an ornate mirror frame adds a super-luxe touch.
Surface View prints patterns from the British collections at the V&A, The Natural History Museum and The National Gallery on to a range of surfaces, including tiles. Add impact to a bathroom by using printed tiles as a bath splashback or inside a shower, and paint the rest of the walls or cover in plain field tiles to co-ordinate. Modern designs by Ella Doran and Scandinavian Surface are available, too.
New technology has led to ultra thin tiles that can be laid directly over existing flooring
and wall tiles. “You need to ensure they are of the highest quality in
terms of strength and durability,” advises Annabelle Filer, Architect
and founder of The SCIN Gallery. Inkjet technology is used to faithfully replicate stone patterning, which means it is easy to have the classic
look of stone without the drawbacks of weight, size limitations and
cost. Large-format tiles are now available in sizes measuring up to 3m
by 1m, and can be butted against each other to give a seamless finish.
I Marmi collection, Surface Tiles