Hip Bathroom Tile Trends and Styles

From glass to metal to faux hardwood, we profile the latest styles in bathroom tile.
bathroom tile - blue mosaic tiles

bathroom tile - blue mosaic tiles

Tile Trends

What do copper, stainless, hardwood and glass have in common? They represent some of the hottest tile trends currently popping up in hip bathrooms. Here's what designers have to say about today's latest bathroom tile trends.


"Glass accent tile is really exciting right now," says Bill Wolf, owner of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Grand Rapids, Mich. Used for backsplashes, shower walls and as accents on floors, glass tiles add a depth, sparkle and luminescence not found in ceramic or natural stone.

With a broad color palette, and finishes ranging from glossy to flat, glass tiles can fit most design schemes. When used sparingly, vivid glass tiles can provide exciting visual highlights. Conversely, when covering an entire bathroom wall, glass tile can create a luxurious spa-like atmosphere.

Bonus: Many glass tiles are made from recycled glass.




Looking for a tile that complements either traditional or contemporary bathrooms? Gary Fratianne, owner of Creative Kitchens, Baths and Closets in Westlake, Ohio, says the natural choice is metal wall tile.

"Much more interesting than those huge sheets of stainless or copper," says Fratianne, "small metal wall tiles allow the homeowner to create different patterns and designs."

The most obvious application for metal wall tile is the backsplash. For a polished, contemporary look, Fratianne suggests going with stainless steel, which is available in finishes ranging from satin to brushed. Warm bronze or copper tile adds a timeless beauty to baths with more traditional style.




We all love the look of hardwood flooring, but most contractors say it has no place in a moist bathroom. The next best thing may be faux hardwood porcelain tile.

"The tile industry has gotten really creative at manufacturing tiles out of one material to look like another material," says Christine Jurs, owner of The Advance Design Studio in Gilberts, Ill. "A perfect example is porcelain tile made to look like real hardwood. It looks fabulous."

Available in 2-, 3- and 4-inch planks, the tile is much easier to care for than real wood. And porcelain's natural resistance to moisture makes it an appropriate material for bath applications.

"Picture Frame" a Window



When Wolf points out the tile-bordered window in his showroom, his customers invariably say, "I can't believe how sharp that looks."

For a totally finished look, Wolf may suggest removing a window's existing wood casing and replacing it with tile. "We call it 'picture framing' the window," he explains. Wolf typically recommends a natural stone or ceramic border tile with some depth for the best results. And to really tie the look together, incorporate tile used elsewhere in the room.

Next Up

A New World of Bathroom Tile Choices

Tiles are appearing in more styles and colors than ever before, unleashing new design creativity in the bathroom. Here are some of the freshest tile trends.

Beyond Subway Tile: 9 Bold Bathroom Tile Designs

Add eye-catching color and texture to your bath with these ideas.

Bathroom Glass Vanities

Explore your options for bathroom glass vanities, and get ready to add an elegant and attractive vanity to your bath space.

Brass Bathroom Faucets

Get all the info you'll need on brass bathroom faucets, and prepare to install these stylish and long-lasting bathroom fixtures in your bath space.

Ceramic Tile Bathroom Countertops

Get all the info you'll need on ceramic tile bathroom countertops, and get ready to install a beautiful and durable countertop in your bath space.

Oil-Rubbed Bronze Bathroom Fixtures

Find out all you need to know about oil-rubbed bronze bathroom fixtures, and prepare to add an attractive and historic air to your bath space.

Metal Tile Backsplashes

Discover how a metal tile kitchen backsplash can provide a stylish, functional addition to your cooking space.

Sprucing Up Your Bathroom Tile

Get tips for repairing or replacing your aging tile.

Wood Bathroom Vanities

Explore your options for wood bathroom vanities, and get ready to add a classic and elegant vanity to your bath space.

How to Install Tile on a Bathroom Floor

Learn how to install ceramic flooring tiles in a bathroom to give it a fresh update.

Catch Up With Our Blogs

We're serving up the latest news, gorgeous style, DIY projects, clever entertaining tips & more.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.