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15 Shower & Bathroom Tile Ideas

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

  • Wednesday 30 November 2022
  • 4 minute read

Tiles can transform the look and feel of your bathroom, depending on your chosen style.

Plain white tiles will create a bright, clean space, whilst colourful or patterned tiles can add personality. Whether you’re looking to turn a dated bathroom into a fun, contemporary space or prefer a timeless design, we’ve got plenty of bathroom tile ideas to inspire you. 

Which tiles are best for bathrooms? 

Bathroom tiles should be waterproof and durable enough to withstand general wear and tear, but they don’t have to be boring! Choose from glossy or matte finishes, unique shapes, and various sizes and colours to suit your bathroom design.  

Our top 15 bathroom tile ideas

Whether you’re planning a complete bathroom renovation or adding a tiled feature wall to enhance your space’s existing design, discover our top 15 bathroom tile ideas to help you get started. 

1. Clean white

White bathroom tiles give a clean and timeless look to any space. They can also help brighten up dark or small bathrooms. To prevent the room from looking too clinical, opt for grout in a contrasting shade or add colourful accessories.  

2. Monochrome tiles 

 Black and white bathrooms are timeless yet modern, and there are plenty of ways to incorporate a monochrome palette into the design. Create a checkerboard effect with floor tiles, opt for white walls and black floor tiles, or incorporate shades of white, black and grey throughout the space. 

3. Contrasting colours

If you can’t decide on one tile colour, why not create a feature with contrasting tiles? Choose tiles of the same shape in different colours for your walls and floor for a seamless design. Alternatively, go bold and clash patterns or colours for a fun, modern look. 

4. Glossy tiles

In small bathrooms, glossy tiles help to bounce light around the space, making it feel bigger and brighter. Mirrored tiles or sparkling quartz tiles offer extra shine.

5. Mosaic tiling

Depending on the colour and pattern you choose, mosaic tiles can add a luxurious feel to your space. Buy mosaic tiles in sheets rather than individual pieces to save time on installation.  

6. Geometric patterns

Make a bold statement with geometric tiles. Monochrome patterns offer a timeless style, whilst geometric tiling makes a striking feature wall or flooring option. 

7. Wood and marble-effect tiles 

Natural materials like wood don’t fare well in bathrooms, so wood-effect floor tiles are the perfect alternative. Plus, they’re cheaper, easier to clean and waterproof. If you love the look of marble tiles but not the price tag, choose marble-effect tiles for your bathroom walls or floor.

8. Large tiles 

 Large tiles can make a small bathroom look bigger, as they have fewer grout lines. Use the same tiles for the walls and floor to make the room feel more spacious.  

9. Coloured grout 

 Grout is typically painted white, but plenty of other colours are available. Choose a shade that complements your bathroom scheme and adds interest to tiled areas. Plus, most coloured grout won’t discolour as quickly as white. Whichever colour you choose, keep your grout sparkling when you follow our handy guide to cleaning grout 

10. Matching bath and wall tiles 

 Match the tiles on your bath panel and the wall behind it to give your bathroom a coherent, fluid look. When tiling your bath panel, you’ll need a specialist tile backing board that’s sturdy and waterproof.  

11. Half-wall tiling 

Suppose you’re considering brightly coloured or patterned tiles but want to make the design more subtle. Tile the lower half of your walls, then paint the upper half in a neutral shade that complements the tiles. 

12. Create zones 

Use tiles to mark different zones within your bathroom. Choose different colours or shapes for each area to make a bold statement or combine painted and tiled walls throughout the space.  

Tiles are ideal in wet zones as they are often more waterproof than paint. Tile the wall behind wet zones like the sink, toilet or shower to transform these areas into eye-catching features whilst protecting them from water damage.  

13. Add a feature wall 

 Use tiles in your preferred colour, shape and size to create a feature wall. This idea is perfect for bolder designs which may look overwhelming if applied to all four walls. The most common place for a feature wall is behind the sink, shower or toilet, although they can be anywhere that suits your bathroom configuration.  

14. Find a focal point 

 Tiles can create a focal point in any part of your bathroom, especially if you have a neutral colour scheme. Highlight prominent aspects of the space, like the shower or bath, with a striking tiled wall or bath panel. 

15. Try wall panelling instead 

If tiles aren’t your thing, opt for bathroom wall panels instead. Wall panels are even more waterproof than most tiles and come in various designs, including bright white, tiled effect or faux marble, stone and wood.  

Once you’ve found your favourite tiling idea, follow our step-by-step guide to tiling your bathroom