Once upon a time, just a few years ago, all-white bathrooms seemed like the only stylish possibility for bathrooms. From the tiles to the porcelain, paint, and linens, white was the go-to. While we still love white, we’re expanding our horizons to the world of intriguing colors. These days, interior designers are opting for more unique bathroom looks. Because bathrooms are enclosed spaces, they provide an awesome opportunity for fun design featuring interesting colors, patterns, and materials. Among them, tiles can be a particularly impactful choice with seemingly endless options. Not only do you have to choose the tile material, color, and shape, but from there, you also need to decide what pattern to arrange them in. And don’t even get us started on grout.

Colleen Scott Photography

If you’re redoing your bathroom (or dreaming of a future refresh), we’ve got tile inspiration gallery to help you figure out your favorite kinds of tiles and configurations. For those discontent with their current bathroom tiles but don’t foresee a renovation any time soon, interior designer Zoe Feldman may have an easy upgrade: Simply paint your tiles a new color.

“As long as it’s ceramic tile, there is actually a tile paint that you can use,” she says. “We like to paint tiles to make them feel fresh and lean into a new color which will help modernize it as well.”

Carrara Tile

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

The veining in marble tile is simple, natural, and can complement practically any bathroom. These tiles are laid out in a herringbone formation to build additional interest.

Unique Details

Photo: Hector Sanchez

Here, hexagon tiles are arranged prettily to include flower details out of contrasting black tiles. They’re an interesting addition that ties in with the bathroom’s black paint.

Subway Tiles

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Barbara Schmidt

White, oversized subway tiles are a go-to way to incorporate tile in the bathroom, or really all over the house. Here, they’re paired with smaller, darker tiles on the floor.

Zellige

Photo: Linny Morris; Stylist: Sunday Hendrickson

Handmade and one-of-a-kind, zellige tile hails from Morocco but brings beauty to homes across the South. Each tile is a slightly irregular shape and color, so they don’t lay as flat as many manufactured tiles do, but the result is a lively landscape of gorgeous tiles.

Blue And White

Photo: Rick Lew; Stylist: Matthew Gleason

Incorporate this classic color way into your bathroom from the paint and linens to the tiles. Blue and white tiles are a stunning combination that has yet to fail us.

Borders

Marta Xochilt Perez; Styling: Page Mullins

Be consistent in your tile design across the entirety of your space, or designate some spaces for particular attention. An alluring border transforms this white-tiled floor into an eye-catching statement.

Multiple Sizes

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn / Styling: Anne Turner Carroll

When tiling multiple surfaces, there’s no rule that you need to stick to just one size tile. Don’t be afraid to switch it up.

Same Colors, Different Patterns

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAUREY W. GLENN; STYLING BY KENDRA SURFACE

On the wall of this beautiful bathroom, white and greige rectangular tiles are laid in pretty stripes. Meanwhile, the floor complements the wall wonderfully with the same colors in a basketweave pattern.

Speckle Effect

Photo Robbie Caponetto and Charles Walton IV / Styling Buffy Hargett

Tiles in an array of colors in the same colorway can create an appealing and nature-inspired result. Their differentiation also allows the floor to match multiple other brown tones throughout the room.

Mandala Patterns

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

A pretty pattern can instantly spice up an otherwise simple bathroom. This delicate blue and steady pattern does just the trick.

Match Shades

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Lizzie Cullen Cox

If possible, we recommend choosing your tile first. From there, it will be much easier to choose shades of paint and other details to match.

Contrasting Grout

Hector Manuel Sanchez

By using dark tiles with light grout, this designer seamlessly created a more interesting floor. The light grout is attractive and prevents the floor from appearing too dark and disconnected with the rest of the space.

Hexagons

Brie Williams Styling: Jennifer Berno Decleene


While irregular shapes are certainly possible, in general, there are three most common tile shapes. Rectangular and square tiles are a lovely option, but here, hexagons were certainly the right choice.

Tile All Over

NOMI

A large space with all surfaces covered in tiles is a simple but effective use of space. Use the same tiles for the floor, walls, and/or ceiling, or try different ones.

Stripes

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Liz Strong

Tiles can form patterns in multiple ways. Firstly, they can be arranged in interesting formations, but secondly, alternative colors may be used to build a pattern all of their own like these stripes.

Statement Color

Courtesy of Peter Spaulding, Photography by Kelley Kish

Colorful tiles in an otherwise neutral room are a powerful focal point. Plus, you can always take Feldman’s advice and re-paint them a new shade.

Quilted Colors

Marta Xochilt Perez; Styling: Page Mullins

Weaving different hues of square tiles, this bathroom floor gives off a quilted effect. This is a pattern these homeowners won’t soon tire of.

Oversized Tiles

Jonny Valiant

This bathroom uses big tiles and they one-up itself with even bigger tiles. These larger slabs allow the marble’s beauty to truly speak for itself.

Herringbone Layout

Photography by Brian Woodcock; Styling by Natalie Warady

There’s so many ways to arrange tiles depending on their shape and size. Zig-zagging rectangles are an appealing and classic choice.

Stone Tiles

Laurey W. Glenn

Both glossy and natural, tiles that show off the stone’s natural veins and color variations can pleasantly ground a room. Choose a stone that matches your bathroom’s color palette and maintenance capabilities.

Composite Tiles

Alison Gootee; Styling: Matthew Gleason

Rather than sticking to just rectangles, squares, or hexagons, try a composite format that uses multiple shapes or sizes of tiles. Here, rectangles are combined with small squares and arranged to mimic a woven pattern.

Abstract

Brie Williams; Styling: Page Mullins

When working with patterned or multi-colored tiles, geometric formations are the usual choice. This homeowner decided to be lead astray with incredible results.

Grounding Black

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Page Mullins

Black details can be incredibly grounding in a room. An all-black floor can be stunning, but the small black tiles speckled in may be enough.

Ocean Floor

Photo: Melanie Acevedo; Stylist: Erin Swift

In this beach house, tiles were selected to mimic the seawater nearby. Small tiles in a range of blue, green, and aqua shades create the illusion of shimmering waves.

Colorful Showers

Photo: Rick Lew; Stylist: Loren Simons

Reserve the colorful tiles for the shower enclosure. The shower is a wonderful place to be bold with tiles and take a vibrant leap.

Tile Panels

Tria Giovan

Alternate tiles with other materials for a layered, dynamic bathroom that’s got it all. In this one, tile panels are complemented by more textures including the rope on the mirror and woven shades.

Glossy Tiles

Raquel Langworthy

Tiles are available in a wide range of finishes. While some are rougher or matter, these glossy black tiles shine when clean.

Pebble Tiles

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Liz Strong

Below blue rectangular tiles laid like bricks, teeny tiny tiles grace the floor. These oval-shaped tiles mimic pebbles in the prettiest way.

Mediterranean

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn, Stylist Elizabeth Raines Beeler

Travel to other parts of the world, and you’ll find vibrant, aged-old tiles arranged in intriguing patterns. Get inspired by your favorite destination to decorate your bathroom.

Octagon Dot

Courtesy of Arditi Design, Photography by Sinan Tuncay

This composite tile arrangement, referred to as ‘octagon dot,’ includes octagonal tiles with smaller diamond-shaped ones. Opt for black and white tiles like this bathroom, or choose any two other shades. Alternatively, stick to just one color for both shapes.

Multicolored

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAUREY W. GLENN; STYLING BY KENDRA SURFACE

Why limit yourself to just one or two colors of tile? This lovely bathroom is striking and pretty as a peach with three.

Forgo Wallpapers

Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo; Styling: Ed Gallagher

Rather than adorning your powder room with a bold wallpaper, build intrigue with tiles on the wall. Use darker grout to enhance the contrast of the pattern.

Stick To White

Leslee Mitchell

Like we said, we’re not totally opposed to simple white in the bathroom. However, we particularly love white tile when paired with color in other places, like through paint or wallpaper.

Floor To Ceiling

Hector Manuel Sanchez

Don’t let your wall end stop you from using more of your favorite tiles. Adorn the ceiling with them, too.

Black And White

Laurey W. Glenn

Black and white is a classic combo that’s always pleasing due to its high contrast. This black and white bathroom is particularly beautiful with metallic accents.

Square Tile

Laurey W. Glenn

This bathroom is decorated with not one, but two types of square tiles. Some rectangular tiles are also thrown in as a baseboard.

Neutral Charm

Kerry Kirk

If you’re not quite ready for colorful tiles, you can still be bold with patterns. These endlessly interesting, neutral hexagon tiles are the proof.

Green Tiles

Laura Sumrak

Lately, green, has been taken over the house by storm. You’ll find it on our kitchen cabinets, painted on walls throughout the home, and gracing bathroom tiles all over the South.

Gray Scale

Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Shannon Gini

As much as we love tile, it doesn’t always have to be the focal point of a bathroom. Let other elements shine with simple, large-scale tiles that are white or gray.

Flow Into The Shower

Colleen Scott Photography

These art deco tiles are too amazing to limit to just one space. To maximize their use, this designer incorporated them in the shower, as well as the rest of the bathroom floor.