The most stylish bathroom tile ideas can completely change the look and feel of your space. Let's be honest, choosing bathroom tiles is the most exciting part of designing a bathroom as it's where you can get really creative, adding color, pattern and texture. And for 2021, the tile trends and bathroom ideas in general have never been bolder or braver.
'Today’s bathrooms are brimming with character, and you’re just as likely to find things like pot plants, framed pictures and soft furnishings in the bathroom as anywhere else in the home.' explains Fired Earth’s Creative Director, Colin Roby-Welford. 'Beautiful tiles in eye-catching designs, finishes and layouts are a key element of a bathroom’s design, and there’s a noticeable trend towards using more color.'
Gone are the days of all-white bathrooms, playing it safe with subway tiles or monochrome marble slabs. Tiles can be so much more interesting, with a rainbow of colors to choose from and a huge array of shapes and sizes, from scalloped, hexagonal, chevron, pencil and more.
And edges no longer have to be straight either, use these unusual shapes to create an uneven edge, adding instant texture and interest to your space. And when it comes to materials, porcelain, stone and ceramic have been joined by encaustic, terrazzo and concrete. So there's plenty of choice whatever style you are going for...
1. Get creative with colorful bathroom tile ideas
The retro-style minty blue floor tiles, the baby pink hexagonal splashback, the arched mirrors, the statement lighting, need we go on? Everything in this playful pink bathroom is a total dream. It's a lesson in how to bring colorful bathroom tiles into your space without totally overwhelming it. By going halfway up one wall with pink tiling, the room doesn't look too saccharine and adding in a healthy dose of white on the walls and with the cabinetry, the space still feels fresh and modern.
2. Keep it simple with and mix tile shapes
Because why settle for one bathroom tile design when you can have two? Combine tiles of the same color but different layouts or finishes can really add all the interest you need to a monochrome space.
'When using all white tiles, it can be fun to play with the layout; lay tiles in horizontal lines, or in a mix of horizontal and vertical or in classic chevrons.' saysLee Thornley, founder of Bert & May says. 'We like to mix different whites, we have 4 or 5 white or grey tones and they make whites more interesting. Playing with subtle differences and chalky finishes highlights the variation. Look at glazed tiles, no two tiles are the same, slight wavy edges will always showcase the perfectly imperfect nature of our tiles and will add something extra than the standard metro tile.'
3. Add vintage vibes with a tiled mural
Give a modern bathroom a vintage twist with a tiled mural. In this gorgeous blue and white bathroom, the traditional design adds an elegance and depth to the otherwise quite minimalist space. By keeping the rest of the bathroom simple and paired back there's still a chic, contemporary feel to the bathroom – just that pop of yellow in the sleek wall light and the simple silhouette of the stool is enough of a nod towards modern design.
4. Clash patterned bathroom tile ideas
Gold, deep emerald green and marble are always going to look gorgeous when paired together, as this bathroom proves. But there's more to take from this space than its inspiring bathroom color ideas. See how the green runs through both tiles creating a cohesive feel, but the patterns create a glorious clash?
5. Go half and half
Loving the vintage, quirky feel of this small powder room, the decor really packs a punch, despite the tiny dimensions.
Be inspired by this bathroom tile idea and add some extra height to a small bathroom by splitting the room with different tiles. In this space for example, to go all over with that gorgeous rustic subtle patterned tile may risk the room feeling small, but by bringing in that simple white tile, those darker colors are lifted and the space isn't overwhelmed.
6. Opt for larger tiles in a small bathroom
Small bathroom, small tiles, right? Wrong, small, fussy tiles with lots of grout lines can actually make your space feel smaller. Instead, opt for larger tiles that won't visually break up the space. And if you have fallen for small tiles, just choose a grout that's a close match so you'll still get that lovely texture but your wall tiles won't be so busy they totally overwhelm the bathroom.
7. Combine tiles with wallpaper
Excuse us while we go and copy this exact bathroom tile idea in our own bathrooms. Wallpapering ceilings is nothing new, it's been a popular trend for years now, but there's something about the meeting of those glossy green subway tiles and palm print bathroom wallpaper that we cannot resist. Pair all those lovely lush greens with white floor tiles to create the perfect amount of contrast and choose brass or gold sanitaryware to add a touch of warmth.
8. Embrace the trend for mosaic bathroom tile ideas
Between the cute monochrome penny tiles, the rustic marble subway tiles and the addition of greenery and wooden accent, what this bathroom lacks in color it's more than making up for in texture. The intricacy of the mosaic bathroom flooring adds the perfect amount of interest to this minimalist bathroom – and while we are loving the hotel vibe of the flower print, you can create so many shapes with these tiny tiles from dramatic stripes to letters.
9. Expand a small bathroom with wall to wall tiles
Floor to ceiling tiling might sound a bit... clinical but in smaller space, using the same tile on all four walls can stretch space visually, plus it's of course the most practical choice for a wet room or walk in shower.
As this bathroom proves, you can't go wrong with a metro tile if you are tiling all over. Pick a glossy finish over matte, as they will help bounce more light around the room and combine them with a bold patterned floor tile to give the room some depth.
10. Create drama with shiny black tiles
Nothing adds drama like a glossy black tile. Keep it simple and let the finish be the focus by choosing a simple square tile and grid layout. If you want the tiles to appear more like one continuous, shimmering wall, opt for a black grout and for a more statement look try a contrasting white grout.
Can we also acknowledge those floor tiles too? You just can't go wrong with a black and white chevron.