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Bathroom Tile Ideas & Shower Tile Tips

Bathroom wall and floor tile ideas to suit spaces big and small

Wednesday 11th August 2021

Bathroom tiles can completely change the aesthetic of your bathroom, based on the colour, size and pattern you decide on. Plain white tiles will create a bright space that feels clean and crisp, coloured tiles will add a splash of personality and sophistication, and patterned tiles will give an ornate look that will add even more character. Whether you’re looking for something traditional or contemporary, trendy or timeless, get ready to be inspired by these bathroom tile ideas.

When designing your bathroom renovation project, the sheer amount of choice can be staggering. So, to guide you in your selection, we have put together a list of considerations prior to choosing your tile.

1. Keep it simple with white 

For a timeless look, you can’t go wrong with white bathroom tiles. To break up the white and keep things from looking too clinical, make a feature of your grout by painting it in a contrasting shade, or add plenty of interest with colourful furnishings. 

2. Make it monochrome 

Monochrome is another classic bathroom colour scheme, and there are plenty of ways you can channel the monochrome look using your bathroom tiles. You could create a checkerboard effect with your floor tiles, opt for white wall tiles and black floor tiles, or go for various shades of grey for a sense of luxury.

3. Tile the bath 

Tiling your bath panel in the same tiles as the wall behind it will create a coherent and seamless look that looks incredibly chic. To do this, you’ll need a specialist tile backing board that’s designed to be both sturdy and waterproof. 

4. Tile to create zones 

Use bathroom tiles to mark out different zones within your bathroom. You could tile the wall behind the sink, the toilet or the shower to create a feature of these particular zones, and you could even consider using the same shape tile in a variety of complementary colours to break up the room. Carry this effect on to the floor for maximum impact. This is a particularly effective tile idea for small bathrooms as segmenting the room creates a sense of space. 

Read our step-by-step guide on how to tile your bathroom

5. Make a feature wall 

One of the most popular bathroom wall tile ideas is to use colourful or patterned tiles to create a feature wall. This is a great idea if you’ve fallen in love with a certain tile but you think it might be overwhelming if used on all four walls in your bathroom. The most common place for a feature wall is behind your sanitary wear, though depending on the shape of your bathroom, it might make sense to do it behind the bath or shower for balance within the room. 

6. Make your shower the focal point 

The shower is the heart of your bathroom, so give it the attention it deserves by using tiles to make it the focal point. Go floor to ceiling to make your shower enclosure fully waterproof, and consider wall panels as an alternative to tiles for quick and easy installation. 

7. Contrast your wall and floor tiles 

If you can’t decide on one tile, use this to your advantage and create a feature out of contrasting tiles on your walls and your floor. You might choose to use tiles in the same shape but a different colour, or you might choose two tiles that are completely different in every way. 


8. Tile halfway up your walls 

If you want to add colour with your bathroom tiles but you want to keep it on the more subtle side, simply tile up to the midway point on your walls. Then paint the upper half of the wall in a neutral shade, or use a neutral colour tile.  

9. Go glossy 

In a small bathroom, glossy tiles help to bounce light around the space and make it feel bigger and brighter. You could even go for tiles with a slightly mirrored effect for extra reflection. 

10. Get creative with mosaic tiles 

For a bathroom that oozes class and luxury, make a statement with mosaic-style tiles. Depending on the colour and pattern you choose, your bathroom could instantly be transported to the Mediterranean, Morocco or the Middle East. Save yourself the fiddly work by buying mosaic tiles in sheets rather than individual pieces. 

11. Choose a bold, geometric floor tile 

For a bathroom floor tile idea that packs a punch, look no further than a bold, geometric floor tile. Use white bathroom tiles on your walls to allow the floor to stand out. This will make your bathroom look wider too, so it’s a good idea for both big and small bathrooms. 

12. Mock a material 

If you dream of a nature-inspired bathroom, then mock-wood floor tiles are the perfect alternative to hardwood floors (which don’t react well to water). They’re easier to clean, they won’t warp when they come into contact with water and they look just as effective as the real deal. 

13. Go for large-format tiles 

Large format tiles are a great idea in a small bathroom, as fewer grout lines will make the room feel less cluttered and therefore bigger. Use the same tiles on the floor too to make the room grow even more. 

14. Have fun with grout 

Grout is typically painted white, but there’s nothing stopping you from painting it grey, beige, brown or even a bright colour to complement your bathroom scheme. As well as adding visual interest, another benefit of deviating from white is that it won’t discolour as quickly. 

Find out how to clean grout

Alternatives to bathroom tiles 

There are loads of ways you can use tiles to personalise your bathroom or shower room, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available and are also conscious of cutting costs when it comes to materials and labour, our range of wall panels might be the perfect solution. They’re designed for a quick and easy installation and provide a realistic and unique tile alternative. What’s more, they feature BioCote® technology that reduces bacteria by up to 99.9%, and they’re easy to clean. 

Explore our range of Mira Flight Wall Panels now.