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7 Bathroom Tile Ideas to Steal

A stunning tile scheme is all you need to kick-start your bathroom renovation project
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 08-09-2021 14:00pm

Tile work is a key component of any bathroom renovation. But if you’re drawing a blank when it comes to tile selection, here are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

1. Make the wall the feature
Designed by Ripples, this luxurious ensuite bathroom reflects the owners' love of travel and the natural beauty of the woodlands outside. A separate dressing room, a curvaceous freestanding bath, his and hers double countertop basins and a hotel-style walk-in wet room give the space a luxe five-star look. However, the wow factor here has been brought in through the use of mosaic panels to create a striking feature wall. Intricate and iridescent, the mosaics bring the scheme together.
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2. Highlight a section
Here, Mod tiles from Mandarin Stone extend from the shower wall all across the floor visually demarcating the wet area from the rest of the bathroom. The patterned tiles juxtaposed with the solid toned backdrop become the space’s key decorative feature.

Mod tiles from Mandarin Stone

In this bathroom by Roisín Lafferty from Kingston Lafferty Design, patterned tiles from Fired Earth, used in a strip, make an eye-catching impact as you walk through the door.

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These patterned tiles from Fired Earth make an eye-catching impact as you walk through the door

3. Focus on texture
It isn’t always about colour and patterns when it comes to tile selection. The Wow Hexa 3D ceramic tiles in Ice White matt from Stone & Ceramic Warehouse is a great tactile example. Here, the three-dimensional feature wall creates the illusion of movement and depth when light hits the irregular surface.

Wow Hexa 3D ceramic tiles in Ice White matt, Credit: Stone & Ceramic Warehouse

4. Make the floor the feature
This bathroom draws your gaze to the floor as its main feature with pastel tiles from The Baked Tile Company. To get the patterned floor to stand out, the walls feature the bare minimum when it comes to colour and tile work. This space also shows that you don’t need a bright scheme to make a statement. If you lean towards neutrals, then simply opt for a bold pattern, but it’s a good idea to stick to a limited palette.

Credit: The Baked Tile Company

Another example is by interior design blogger and designer Eleanor Horwell. For her bathroom, a patterned floor transforms the all-white shower area, giving the space a holiday feel. 

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Bathroom by Eleanor Horwell Design

5. Contrast through grout
Amos and Amos update the classic metro tile look with the use of black grout. The uniformity of metro tiles and the black grout create a neat, geometric pattern that stands out against the white ceramic surfaces. Jaki Amos clads the entire master ensuite in the tile while elegant touches of black brassware give the bathroom a distinctly pared-back, contemporary feel.

Carrera marble casing around the bath and basin enhances the en suite’s luxurious feel

6. Use a bold wraparound
Designed by Waldo Works, the blue and purple half-tiled wall wraps around the whole bathroom tying the space together, while making a strong design statement. The pale grout creates a graphic pattern as well as connects it to the flooring.

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Bathroom by Drummonds

7. Say it with a splashback
Instead a whole wall, you can take a cue from this bathroom. Here, a mix and match of tiles in various sizes and patterns are brought together by a unifying colour creating a one-of-a-kind splashback.

…or if the bold, boho look is not up your alley, go for the luxe factor. In this bathroom, the marble splashback (or marble-look porcelain tiles) paired with brass fittings exude understated elegance. The shine of the brass and the veins of the marble are especially enhanced when set against the dark textured grey of the Crackle wallpaper by Cole & Son.  

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Crackle 107/11050 wallpaper from the Curio collection by Cole & Son

Also read:
Design Detail: Hex or Hexagonal Tiles
Design Detail: Metro Tiles

Tell us:
Which bits of your bathroom have you tiled and why? 

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   Amanda Peters
KBB Ark Staff Writer. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).

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