5 Creative Bathroom Tile Ideas

So, what does your bathroom look like? Does it reflect your own style or is it more of a, well, useful room which doesn’t really fit within the rest of your home? When we update our homes, the bathroom is often one of the last rooms we take care of. After all the other rooms, including the kitchen. To be fair, a bathroom remodel is a huge job, it’s messy and the design decisions you make will stay with you for longer than a room that has simply had a new coat of paint.

Black Grout

However, all that doesn’t mean that you should stick to standard looks just to be on the safe side. The bathroom should absolutely reflect your home, your style, your personality – just like all the other rooms. So it’s time to get creative, time to think outside the box and to think about how you can use tiles to turn a blah room into a beautiful space.

Size Pattern

One of the easiest and quickest solutions that doesn’t actually require an entire remodel is to use contrasting grout. If you have white tiles, then black grout will give the walls a cool and somewhat edgy look. This works particularly well with rectangular tiles, but can also be applied to square ones and will make a usually fairly safe tiling option really pop.

Use tiles and edging in the same colour but in different sizes or get a tiler to cut them for you. You can create a wall with a frame which will create the illusion of a beautiful, geometrical mural. The tiles should be offset for best effect.


Mix patterned and plain tiles and carry the pattern from the floor up to the wall. Keeping most of the tiles plain means that the pattern won’t be overwhelming. It is also important to consider the colour choice here. The Skyros range works particularly well because the colours are coordinated.

Skyros Tiles

The plain tiles should be the same colour as one of the colours found in the patterned tiles. As for the overall colour choices, well, that’s up to your own taste, but blue and white always looks very fresh and doesn’t really ever date.

subway tiles

Think outside the box. You don’t have to stick to the usual approach of tiling vertically only. Fab metro tiles arranged horizontally and vertically will make your wall a lot more interesting. I’m sure there’s some head scratching, lots of measuring and calculating involved, but it certainly is worth the effort to turn simple metro tiles into something pretty amazing.

Metro Lime

And of course, nobody said you had to stick to white metro tiles! Why not use an eye-catching colour like this Lime for even more impact? You could even go as far as using one colour for the vertical ones and another colour for the horizontal ones.


Same tiles, different colours. Even if you don’t plan on tiling your walls, this will give your flooring a real wow factor. In order for the effect to work without beaching too busy, stick to the same range in the same finish. The result will be fun and can be as colourful or muted as suits your taste.

Doblo Tiles

The Doblo range has a beautiful and pared back look which is ideal for this kind of pattern.

So, I hope these ideas will be of use to you when you’re looking to remodel your bathroom. And remember, it’s all about having a bathroom that looks as great as the rest of your home.

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, All single tile images by Tile Mountain

Originally from Paris, Carole previously lived in Germany and settled in London in 2009. Initially aspiring to become an interior designer, Carole soon discovered that she hated drawing floor plans, but loved putting the finishing touches in after the main build was done. Since then, she’s never looked back and has eked out a career as an in-demand interiors stylist here in the UK.