7 Bathroom Tile Trends and Ideas for Your Next Project

White wall tile in the bathroom

Use these bathroom tile design trends to turn your bathroom from a cold and uninviting place into a warm and welcoming room for your family and guests.

If your bathroom could use a refresh, tile is an easy way to change up the entire look and feel of the space.

And the good news is that this year, anything goes. From combining design styles (think traditional meets modern) to creating beautiful mosaic patterns, this is the year to do something different with tile. Here are some of the top trends in bathroom tile.

1. Tile in unexpected places

People are taking tile to new heights in the bathroom — and not just on the walls of the shower. Extend the same tile halfway up one bathroom wall or behind your sink like a backsplash. Not only does it provide a seamless look, but it’s also a new way to unleash your creativity.

2. Grayscale

Gray tile has been trending in both kitchen and bathroom design, but it doesn’t have to be gloomy. Combine gray with another color tile — white, for example — to create a warm, rich look, or accent gray with bright colors for a pop. Some tile even comes in marble-inspired patterns with white swirled throughout.

Industrial-looking tile that resembles gray cement is also creating a buzz and will help give your bathroom an edgier, more modern look.

3. Natural stone and porcelain

Natural stone and porcelain tile always seem to be on trend. Which should you use? Stone tiles like slate, marble, granite and flagstone will give your bathroom a warm, rich feel. They’re durable and long-lasting but require some maintenance. Natural stone can be finicky and stain easily. Porcelain is great in high-traffic bathrooms because it’s durable and is a snap to clean. Both are excellent options, depending on your usage and budget.

4. Surprising shapes and patterns

Bathroom floor tile has traditionally been squares laid out in a uniform pattern, but this year, designers are breaking that mold with herringbone, octagonal, hexagonal shapes and beyond.

Even if you prefer traditional square tiles, you can mix it up with different patterns, sizes and colors to create a unique custom look. Think of your bathroom as a mosaic and let your creativity soar. The only limit is the size and shape of your bathroom.

5. Oversized tile

Large-format tiles can make a small room seem larger and provide a modern feel. Bigger tile also means less grouting, so it’s be easier to keep clean.

6. Tiny tile

Old is new again. The small octagonal, square or round tiles that were so popular in the Art Deco era are making a comeback. Pair them with a pedestal sink, and you’re taking your bathroom back in time — all while helping to increase the value of your home.

7. Wood-look tile

Hardwood floors warm up any room in the house, but rarely do you see them in the bathroom. Why? Durability is a factor. Faux bois (French for “fake wood”) tile to the rescue. You get the warmth and style of hardwood floors with the durability of tile.

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