Bathroom tile ideas – stylish wall and floor tiling solutions for baths, showers and sinks

The right tiles are the key to your dream bathroom. So what's stopping you?
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  • Are you after bathroom tile ideas? 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, providing colour or pattern to your current suite.

    Tiled bathroom ideas can be simple but effective. Tiles provide the perfect opportunity to get creative with accent colour, pattern and texture. Plain, coloured 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. Whatever your style, you’re sure to find inspiration with these bathroom tile ideas.

    Bathroom tile ideas

    1. Tile the bath

    White herringbone tiled bath

    Image credit: BC Designs

    An effective bath panel idea to conceal the surround is to incorporate it into your tiling scheme. ‘Bath panel tiling is exactly what it says on the tin; it is adding tiles to the side of your bath,’ explains Barrie Cutchie, Design Director at BC Designs. ‘Whether in the same or contrasting style as the rest of your bathroom. The process involves using specialist tile backing board which won’t warp and requires a bit more effort than using standard bath panels, but it is often worth the extra effort.’

    2. Create an ombre effect

    ombre bathroom tiles

    Image credit: Otto Tile & Design

    Try this imaginative bathroom tile idea to create a sunset-effect. Mixing soft apricots and sunny yellows, blush pinks and berry tone tiles is a creative way to add colour and warmth to the space in style.

    Founder of Otto Tiles & Design Damla Turgut shares her insight behind the design,’I love sunsets, who doesn’t, and the sunsets in my home country of Turkey are my favourite.I wanted to recreate the mix of vibrant colours and show how they blend together using tiles. Creating a stunning ombre effect, the idea is simple yet striking.’

    3. Style a sink splashback

    Bathroom tiles ideas splashbacks

    Image credit: Ca’ Pietra

    As you would do in the kitchen, use your bathroom tiles as a sink splashback. A small square of tiles behind the sink area is enough to add a decorative element to enhance a bathroom scheme. The look can be as subtle or as bold as you desire. More than just looking good the tiles also help to protect walls, from the splashes of everyday sink use.

    4. Tile over imperfections

    white marble tiled bathroom

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Lizzie Orme

    There’s nothing worse than creating the perfect bathroom scheme only for exposed ugly pipes to let the look down. Where possible box pipework in to hide it out of sight (just ensure you can still access pipework for any maintenance). A stylish way to disguise this clever concealment even further is by tiling the boxing in with the same tiles as used throughout the rest of the bathroom. This makes it feel like just any other wall – nothing to see here but a stylish tile!

    5. Take on the trends

    Bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit: Ca’ Pietra

    You may have already seen this contemporary tile before. They have become Instagram-famous after all, and we at Ideal Home are huge fans, too. These wonderfully inventive tiles can be rotated to make up to three entirely different designs. We particularly like this blush rose tile when paired with matt black furniture, white sanitary ware and grey accessories.

    Buy now: Lily Pad Tile, £3.30 per tile, Ca’ Pietra

    6. Tile to define zones

    Small bathroom idea with wood panel behind toilet and black tiles behind sink

    Image credit: Britton Bathrooms

    Let your tiles determine the different zones within a bathroom layout. Use a tiled wall signify the sink area, like here where the stylish black herringbone tiles create a feature wall from floor to ceiling to house the sink and all the elements to accompany it – taps and mirrors. This works well as a small bathroom idea because it helps to create a sense of space, giving each zone more presence.

    7. Match floors and walls with patchwork

    Patchwork bathroom tile idea

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Lizzie Orme

    If you decide to go with statement floor tiles you may wish to keep the rest of your tiling scheme plain, so not to overpower the space. But to balance the look you can create a feature wall of matching patterned tiles to unify the designs, without using them all over. In this bold bathroom the assorted colourful floor tiles are featured as a decorative panel within the shower enclosure, where the three-wide stripe is framed by plain white tiles.

    8. Unite the elements

    black bathroom tiles behind sink, bath surround and shower

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    Bathrooms are a multifunctional space, where we tend to our everyday beauty regimes. The room is naturally zoned – the sink for washing hands and brushing teeth; the shower for our daily cleansing and the bath for an indulgent soak. Using a decorative feature such as tiles to decorate these areas independently helps to unite them. This smart bathroom uses statement black square tiles to create a splashback for the sink, an enclosure for the shower and a decorative surround for the bath – giving equal purpose to each.

    9. Break the mould with a unique layout

    Tiles zones in a bathroom

    Image credit: Future PLC

    Use tiles to create a bespoke layout for your bedroom, one that feels right for you. There are no rules that just because you have a tiled floor it has to be the whole floor. Likewise if using tiles on the wall you have the freedom to carve out your own style by using them in unique layout. Allow the placement of the tiles to zone the different areas within the space.

    10. Fashion a feature wall

    Bathroom tile ideas feature wall

    Image credit: Ca’ Pietra

    Use tiles in the same way as a statement wallpaper in a living room or bedroom, by creating a feature wall. Choosing a more colourful or decorative tile to decorate just one wall helps to create a focal point. To help keep the look balanced tile your feature wall on the same wall as the sanitaryware.

    11. Make it monochrome

    monochrome bathroom with white wall tiles and black floor tiles

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    Monochrome is a popular colour combination for bathrooms, largely because it’s so versatile and easy to live with. The best tile idea for monochrome bathrooms is to use bright white for walls and statement black tiles for flooring. This look is especially good for small bathrooms, where the scheme injects plenty of personality without overwhelming the space. Try mixing different tiles shapes and sizes to add further design kudos.

    12. Be bold with pattern

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles

    Be brave with pattern when tiling the floor first and foremost, because you can keep the rest of the room pared back to accommodate the presence of pattern. If you’re feeling really brave why not continue the same pattern into the shower cubicle to really add the wow factor.

    13. Create interest with contrasting tiles

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles

    Can’t decide on one tile? Mix things up to add interest and texture to different surfaces. Use a different but coordinating tile for different purposes throughout the space. Fun, hexagon tiles add a fresh and modern feel to any bathroom. Allow a larger hexagon tile to take centre stage by using this on a focal wall. When mixing tiles try sticking to a neutral colour palette such as white, pale grey and soft neutrals to prevent them from jarring.

    14. Tile up to window height

    Bathroom with tiles

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles

    If you want to immerse the room in colour but don’t want to make it feel overwhelming, simply take the tiling up to a mid-level height. In this traditional country-style bathroom sage green tiles inject enough colour without saturating the space. The mid height trick works especially well when the floor features a busy floor tile. When using colour tiles on the bottom half we suggest sticking to a neutral paint shade for the top half of the wall, as not to draw too much attention away from the tiles below.

    15. Form a pattern by mixing colours

    Bathroom tiles ideas

    Image credit: Ca’ Pietra

    Using the same tile in two different colours allows you the freedom to create your own pattern by mixing and matching. Create borders, alternate different sized stripes or work vertically, the choice is yours. Read how to grout wall tiles or regrout tiles – a step-by-step guide for decorating your own bathrooms.

    16. Keep it simple with white tiles throughout

    White tiles bathroom with mirror above sink

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    If you’re looking for a timeless look, tile all the walls in white to keep it clean and simple. Industrial style bathrooms are on trend for 2021 and a key part of the industrial look is stark white tiles and metal fittings. Contrast simple metro tiles with a bold black fixtures and fittings and a concrete look sink to add depth to the scheme.

    17. Embrace a bold accent colour

    blue bathroom tile idea

    Image. credit: Future PLC

    Use tiles to welcome a vibrant splash of colour to an otherwise all-white bathroom. Take the tone of the tile as inspiration to paint the woodwork in a matching shade – as seen here in this blue bathroom. A sea of aqua accessories help to tie in the splashes of blue.

    18. Get creative with mosaic tiles


    Image credit:Future PLC/ Joanna Henderson

    For an opulent bathroom, mosaic-style tiles are perfect for creating a statement splashback. You can invest in individual mosaic style and be creative with the pattern. However, many stores sell mosaic tiles as sheets that are easier and quicker to use.

    19. Choose a characterful geometric tiled floor

    Bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Merewether

    Geometric floor tiles add a contemporary and colourful element to this predominantly white bathroom scheme. They give the room a dynamic edge and the bold design makes the room look wider. The wall tiles are kept simple in white to allow the floor tile to be the hero.

    20. Pick one shade to coordinate different finishes

    bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles

    Go for gleaming metallic tones and shimmering greys for a bathroom with glamour. Choose a single tile colour and look for designs in two contrasting textures or finishes. Here, a grey textured design at the head and foot of the bath adds sparkle to the room, while the larger format version elsewhere provides a streamlined low-sheen, matt-finish contrast.

    21. Say it with chevrons

    bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit:Future PLC/ Simon Brown

    For a truly contemporary look, explore alternative methods of tiling in unusual contrasting colours. Drop linear rows of tiles in favour of a chevron style to give your bathroom a unique and quirky appearance. If you don’t want to do a whole room, try a panel of blush pink, teal green and black tiles – the perfect chic backdrop for a large steel bath and ladder towel rail.

    22. Show sparkle with mirrors

    bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    Wow! How glamorous is this? There’s no doubt that your bathroom would become a talking point with these mirrored and bevelled metro tiles that have more than a hint of Hollywood about them. Fit at a corner on two adjoining walls so they bounce reflections and light off each other and back into the room.

    23. Make a feature of the fittings

    bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Lizzie Orme

    Create a designer feel in your bathroom by using tiles to place emphasis on a statement item of furniture or a particular area. Assign mid grey tiles to your floor, plain cream to three walls and a mix of pebble tones to the fourth. The alternative tile treatment on the single wall creates a feature backdrop for a statement bath or basin.

    24. Tile to the top

    bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles

    Why stop at dado height? Floor-to-ceiling tiling can turn a functional bathroom space into something far more appealing. Choose a colour all the family can live with and that will stand the test of time. The pale green metro tiles in this bathroom are calming and a natural complement to wooden cabinetry. When tiling whole walls stick to a pale grout to prevent the space closing in.

    25. Brave it with black

    bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles

    Use tiling to emphasise and accentuate the shape of a room. Put together a monochrome scheme using white fittings and black tiles and transform a compact space into a bathroom with a real sense of luxury. Create a distinctive break between the two colours, and a low slanted ceiling becomes a feature rather than a problem element of the room.

    26. Add invigorating accents

    bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Sussie Bell

    Tiles don’t have to be the main feature of a bathroom. Use them to introduce a touch of interest or a splash of colour. A bright white modern bathroom can run the risk of appearing too clinical, so fit a splashback of green mosaic tiles to introduce a shot of welcome colour that softens the overall look. Pick out the green in accessories too to create a cohesive feel.

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    27. Go high and low

    bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Jamie Mason

    Try metro-style tiles in mid grey for a modern bathroom with an industrial edge. Alternate tiles between dado and full ceiling height to match the different splashback and shower functions around the room. Keep the look co-ordinated by painting untiled sections of wall to match your grout. Pick a contrasting accent shade like zesty yellow for accessories.

    28. Bring in the texture

    bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Tom Meadows

    As well as adding colour and pattern to a bathroom, tiles can also provide texture. Look for rough-finish designs in natural shades. These are perfect for creating a chic, spa-like feel in a neutral bathroom that might otherwise be too bland or clinical. Enhance the impact of textured tiles by limiting their use to specific areas, such as around a bath or shower.

    29. Create tiled feature walls


    Image credit: Future PLC

    You don’t need to commit to just one style of tile in your bathroom. Here bright patterned tiles have been used to create a bold feature wall in the shower. The pattern has been teamed with sleek white tiles in the rest of the room for a striking finish.

    Revamping with tiles? READ: How to grout tiles – a step-by-step guide for kitchens and bathrooms

    30. Create a sanctuary with mosaics

    bathroom tile ideas

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Cleveland

    Mosaic tiles will add interest to any bathroom, whether made up of different shades or one block colour. Try iridescent designs – their shimmering finish will add a sense of luxury to a one-shade bathroom colour scheme. Use behind a basin with a mirror and lighting to create a focal point. Choose earth tones to set a spa-like vibe.

    31. Match tiles through materials

    marble flooring

    Image credit: Future PLC/ James Merrell

    New technology has led to ultra-thin tiles that can be laid directly over existing flooring and wall tiles. 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.

    Want more bathroom ideas? READ: Grey bathroom ideas – for a versatile colour scheme that will look good in any space

    What is the most popular tile for bathrooms in 2021?

    Key bathroom tile trends are emerging as homeowners search to inject personality to their homes. So what to look for? Firstly the trend for alternative shapes is growing in popularity as tiles break away from standard field or rectangular shapes. From mermaid-style scales to honeycomb and bamboo many of the most popular alternative shapes are inspired by nature. And on that note we also see the shades of mother nature playing a huge role in predicting the trends – with green being THE shade to look out for in 2021.

    Which colour tiles are best for a bathroom?

    The most popular colour bathroom tile remains white. Thanks to it’s timeless, inoffensive and clean looking aesthetic it lends itself to many different decor styles. This classic bathroom colour is a staple for bathrooms of all sizes, helping to make small spaces feel bigger and creating a blank canvas for larger bathrooms.

    Will you be giving your bathroom tiles an update using these bathroom tile ideas?

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