22 bathroom tile ideas – the most beautiful looks to inspire a makeover

Let these beautiful bathroom tile ideas be the inspiration you need – whether you're tiling bathroom walls, floors or both

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If you're looking for bathroom tile ideas then you're in the right place. Whether you're renovating your bathroom and starting from scratch or simply looking to change the look of your space without completely overhauling it, bathroom tiles can be a great place to start.

Tiles are versatile and can enhance all types of bathroom, big or small, so whether you're looking to brighten up yours, create the illusion of space or just add more charm to a family bathroom, you'll be able to find a design and style of tile that works for you, your project and your budget.

Keep scrolling and feast your eyes on the latest look for this year, and from two-tone walls to glossy finishes, you'll be able to bring your favorite look to life.

1. Choose wood effect bathroom tiles for a warm feel 

Nikki’s elegant, light-filled extension took hard work, time, plenty of saving and attention to detail in the design

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies)

We love the look of bare floorboards in a bathroom, but they aren't always the most practical choice. You can however get a very similar look using tiles – easier to clean, wear better but still add that warmth and rustic vibe to your space. 

2. Create a rustic design with a subtle floral

bathroom sink with floral motif tiles

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Oooh, loving the muted grey greens going on here, and all the wood too, so natural and rustic. Bathroom tiles didn't always be sleek and contemporary looking, you can create a more traditional, farmhouse look in your bathroom too.

For more traditional bathroom ideas check out our full feature. 

3. Go glossy with a glazed bathroom tile design

brown glossy bathroom tiles

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We never thought we'd be rooting for glossed bathrooms, but we love the look of this tiled sink area, brought to life by the Zellica collection from Topps Tiles . Inspired by majolica pottery, the rustic-feel tiles have a glazed finish for the ultimate combination of modern and traditional. With a range of colours, including this gorgeous earthy bronze, we're sold.

If you do want a hand with bathroom design then we can help you start from scratch too.

4. Nod to opulence with green and gold

high gloss green bathroom tile

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As much as we love the spa-like natural stone and traditional monochrome that's inspired bathroom design for years, we are all up for having gorgeous jewel tones in this space. If you're into luxury bathrooms, then these forest green beauties from Topps Tiles are for you. They're super classy and will add a sense of grandeur to your bathroom space. If you're more of a minimalist, this will work beautifully with white and natural wood for a clean finish that's still super luxe.

 5. Use reflective bathroom tile ideas to bounce the light

gloss bathroom wall tiles

Glassworks Radiance silver mosaic gloss, 31.5cm x 30.5cm, £299.95 per m2, Original Style

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Using bathroom tiles with a shimmering, multi-tonal effect is a super retro way to add texture, depth and dimension to a space. Plus, they will reflect light more than tiles with a flat finish. Picking small mosaic tiles can make a bathroom feel busier, so try these on one or two walls for smaller bathrooms, while bigger spaces can use them a little more liberally. 

6. Create interest with pattern

coloured bathroom tiles

High Society Glass Kennedy, 39.7cm x 30.5cm, £649.74 per m2, all items shown, Fired Earth

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Patterned tiles can do so much for a bathroom space. Go for a graphic design – like this horizontal(ish) stripe – that you can stretch across a couple of walls in a small bathroom to trick the eye, while in a large space, this level of detail will add heaps of charm and character to make this room a little more inviting too. It's a win win situation. 

For more small bathroom tile ideas we can help. 

7. Go for two tone bathroom tile ideas

pink ceramic gloss bathroom tiles

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You've done the whole two-tone thing with paint, but how about using the same concept in your bathroom with tiles? This design from Walls & Floors uses their unique Pickett bevelled tiles – a cross between brick and hexagon-shaped tiles – to create the effect, and a patterned floor stops the room from feeling too clean cut.

8. Try a new take on a classic blue bathroom

Small bathroom with wooden vanity unit and diagonal tiles


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There was a time when if you'd say bathroom, you'd think blue. We are not dismissing blue as a bathroom color, but we are suggesting the clever use of tiles to introduce blue in a more subtle and interesting way. The large and stretched blue patterned tiles here help elevate the space, and having a different painted shade of blue on the joining wall, makes this bathroom anything but blue.

Psst... we have loads more ways to improve your bathroom, to help a small bathroom to look bigger. Go take a look!

9. Go for a statement wall behind the bath

triangle ceramic tile

Ted Baker Triangles range, four colours in each pack of 8 tiles, 23.7cm x 23.7cm, £100 per pack, British Ceramic Tile

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Using bathroom tile ideas is a simple way to create a statement wall. Inexpensive – ideal if you need bathrooms on a budget – yet sure to deliver maximum effect, aim to create a feature wall that frames the bath, and keep the other walls simple to really make yours stand out.

10. Go for a classic grey bathroom tile design

mini white tiles for small bathrooms


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Grey is (still) everyone's favorite color these days; we have grey bedrooms, grey living rooms, and, yes, many of us have grey bathrooms too. To counteract the potential for a cold looking room, combine grey tiles with a warm oat or rusty shade, and be a little bolder with how you lay your tiles. 

A vertical column of tiles is a great way to enhance a beautiful sink, while you could even take grey to the floor too by introducing large format, fuss-free tiles. If you need some advice on choosing bathroom floor tiles, be sure to go and check out our guide. 

'Grey is a timeless choice for bathrooms, as it’s a calming neutral tone that lends itself to a variety of styles. A soft, more silver inspired shade of grey is a good choice for creating a modern look that can work well alongside other splashes of floral colors such as rose and forest green.'

'Grey also works perfectly as a neutral backdrop for patterned tiles, such as speckled terrazzo and intricate, geometric designs.' says Harriet Goodacre, Brand Communications Manager and Tile Consultant at Topps Tiles.

11. Or go for a dark and moody color scheme

black matt porcelain chevron tiles for smaller bathrooms


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A black bathroom can look very chic and tiles can be just the way to introduce this trend into your space. Plus, keeping to just one color means that you can really go to town with different textures and patterns. Pick colorful or warm metallic contrasts for bathroom furniture, towels and accessories to lift the scheme, while good bathroom lighting, large mirrors and more to warm the space up will help bring the whole look together, too.

12. Team pattern with coloured bathroom tiles

Colorful bathroom ideas

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Want to introduce color and pattern to your bathroom walls? Picking a bathroom tile design with a warm color scheme – like this cream and blue combo – will make the space feel welcoming; sticking to very plain finishes (whether towels, bathroom window treatments or flooring) and sleek lines elsewhere in the room will help it feel as big as possible, too.

13. Make metro tiles work harder

green metro tiles for tiny bathrooms


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Metro tiles are forever fashionable, but you need to try a little harder with them to ensure that your bathroom isn't just another metro tiled bathroom. How? Choose a colored tile and play around with grout colors too, while you could enhance the area furthermore by lining it with another bolder colour. The strong horizontal lines here against the gorgeous, borderline avocado green metro tile create a really interesting take, on a classic look. 

14. Choose a unique bathroom tile shape

blue metro tiles

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The pointed edges add a subtle twist and create a smooth finish on this bathroom wall, and we love the deep blue color. We reckon it'd look even better with a contrasting tile thrown in here and there – a simple white or paler blue, maybe. 

15. Create a wall to floor contrast

contrasting bathroom tiles


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Want to introduce dark tiles while keeping the bathroom as light, bright and spacious feeling as possible? This is the perfect tile combo: dark bathroom floor tiles and pale-colored bathroom wall tiles. 

16. Pick an all-over tile in a shower room

stone bathroom tiles


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Got a shower room or wet room? Using the same tile throughout will give you a smart, contemporary look that makes for super-easy cleaning too. Choose an off-white tile with a marble effect for warmth, texture and interest. 

17. Make your shower stand out with scalloped tiles 

Scalloped bathroom tiles

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As we have mentioned, you don't need to tile a whole load of space in a bathroom for it to have an impact. Try instead using a bold tile, in a brave shade or interesting shape, for the inside of your shower. Scalloped tiles are such a big trend right now (in fact they even made it into our round-up of the top interior design ideas), and these Syren tiles from Topps Tiles come in five glorious sea-inspired hues. 

18. Say yes to sunset bathroom tiles

fading coloured tiles for effect

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This very cool bathroom has been created by a very clever choice of sunny floor tiles. The fading colors draw the eye to the end of the room, giving the illusion that the room is longer than it is, and running the tiles up the side of the bath lengthens the room further.

We love the sunset colors used here but if you are more into a monochrome bathroom this would work really well fading black into white. 

19. Lay your bathroom wall tiles vertically

When renovating their run-down period terrace, Ali and Rob created an open-plan extension that works for everyone

(Image credit: Rachel Manns)

A very on-trend bathroom tile look is to lay your tiles vertically, plus is a great way to add height to your room.  What makes this look really stand out is the contrasting grout, giving it more of a graphic, contemporary look. 

20. Use your fave vacation for tile inspiration 

Bathroom tile ideas

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'Due to restricted travel overseas, 2020 was the year of the staycation and this trend is all about helping you bring relaxing, holiday vibes into your interior décor. The best way to embrace this trend is to think of your favorite holiday locations or coastal inspired retreats and look at the colors, textures and materials that embody these destinations and bring them into your home.' explains Jane Addis, designer at Original Style

We love the French vibe of this bathroom, the mural created with tiles brings a really luxurious traditional feel to the space. Plus this is a great alternative to wallpaper if that's not going to be suitable for your bathroom. 

21. Go graphic with small square tiles 

Bathroom tile ideas

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This is such a quirky unique look and ideal if you have a modern, simple style. Small tiles have fallen out of fashion slightly recently, but we think this is a bang up to date way to do mosaics tiles in a more contemporary way.

AND, you could totally recreate this look if you have inherited dated mosaic tiles in your bathroom by using paint and a grouting pen. Yep, you can paint tiles you just have to put in the prep work to make sure you get the best results – check out our guide to painting tiles for everything you need to know. 

22. Tile your walls in a luxurious green 

Green and marble bathroom

(Image credit: Topps Tiles)

'Green continues to be popular in the home, especially in the bathroom where botanical shades are the perfect choice for creating a natural and spa-inspired space.' says Harriet Goodacre, Brand Communications Manager and Tile Consultant at Topps Tiles.

'Add touches of opulence with marble tiles and brass fittings that will offset the forest green color in a sophisticated way and add personality to this refined style.'

December 2019: Katy Waters and husband Jason have created a Scandi-inspired master bedroom in the loft of their home in Ealing

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Let's be honest, metro tiles are a classic bathroom tile that never dates and they look gorgeous in whatever style space you put them in. Plus you can pick from so many colors, and change the grouting to create different looks. 

Scalloped bathroom tiles are also having a bit of a moment, especially in shower enclosures or used in a half and half look. Plus herringbone designs are everywhere but have longevity too so a great option if you are after an alternative to metro tiles.  

What is the best tile for a small bathroom?

'Be clever with shapes – using hexagonal tiles adds interest without overwhelming a small space. For a more traditional decor, opt for rectangular tiles, which when applied vertically add depth to the room and give the illusion of higher ceilings. Horizontal layouts can optically ‘stretch’ the room and create the feel of a wider space.' recommends Kamila Chalfin, Marketing & Brand Manager at Tile Giant.

'The oldest trick in the interiors book - mirrors and reflective tiles are an easy way to open up a room. Use silver or even black reflective mosaic to add reflections to your bathroom and add a bit of shimmer and glamour to a commonly overlooked room!'

Bathroom with pink square tiles

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'We’re expected to see warm neutral, earthy tones migrate into our bathrooms this year - in line with the colors of the year 2021 that include warm brown and bronze shades, keeping the interiors soft and grounded creating a sense of calm in your home. Rusty, warm and deep rich shades will be popular to achieve this look. Think welcoming comfort.' continues Kamila.

We've also seen a growing trend for more sculptural tiles – circular shapes, scalloped edges, less formal layouts, so think about creating a softer, natural look with your tiles. 

We have plenty more 2021 interior trends for you to get inspired by, so be sure to head over there for more inspiration. 

Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

In 2018 Anna moved into the world of interiors from academic research in the field of literature and urban space and joined Realhomes.com as Staff Writer. She has a longterm interest in space-making and the evolution of interior style. She can also be found looking for the latest innovations in sustainable homewares or buying yet more bedding.