Choosing a Bathroom Backsplash

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Bathroom With Dark Tile And Backsplash

Bathroom With Dark Tile And Backsplash

Backsplashes are bathroom jewelry—where you can express your personal style and add punch to a neutral space. Tilework is an art, and the materials available to create interesting designs range from recycled glass to metallic mosaics to interestingly cut ceramics, such as hexagonal and octagonal tiles.

By: Kristen Hampshire

Backsplashes are bathroom jewelry—where you can express your personal style and add punch to a neutral space. Tilework is an art, and the materials available to create interesting designs range from recycled glass to metallic mosaics to interestingly cut ceramics, such as hexagonal and octagonal tiles.

“Some glass tiles look like they were washed up by the sea—very soft, honed,” says Ellen Rady, designer/president, Ellen Rady Designs, Cleveland, Ohio. The flip-side is shiny subway tiles in sleek white or bold brights, she adds.

All-around tile. Designers are taking that tile from floor to ceiling, not just in the shower.

Spa calm. Incorporate natural tiles in colors like sea greens, taupes, browns, grays and ivories.

Pop goes the color. Incorporating recycled glass mosaic tiles sporadically in a wall tile design using colors found elsewhere in the space adds interest without overwhelming the eye. “If you install a whole wall of recycled glass, it’s too busy,” Perrin says. “But using a pattern [of mosaic tile] throughout the bathroom on the floor or walls gives the room a bigger feel and a little more character.”

Bathroom Backsplash Styles and Trends

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Soothing Glass Backsplash

The right backsplash can help create a spa-like environment in the bathroom. In this space, designer Andreas Charalambous chose slim glass tile in calming shades of brown and beige, complementing the wenge countertop and floating display boxes.

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

All-Around Tile

Today's designers are taking tile from floor to ceiling in the bathroom, and not just in the shower. This bathroom features a bold blue-and-green mosaic tile backsplash that extends throughout most of the room. Design by Lori Dennis

Subway Tile Backsplash

A subway tile backsplash adds clean, classic style to a bathroom. Subway tiles are typically installed horizontally, but these vertical tiles complement the tall faucet. Image courtesy of Delta Faucet Company

Photo By: GARY SPARKS

Modern Glass Backsplash

A sheet of glass installed over a pale blue wall serves as a sleek backdrop for this contemporary bathroom. The glass both protects the wall and adds subtle shine to the space. Design by Andreas Charalambous

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Neutral Mosaic Tile Backsplash

A mosaic tile wall in pale peach, copper and bronze adds visual interest to this bathroom without overwhelming the eye. The floating vanity creates a light, airy feeling and enhances the space's soothing Asian style. Design by Joseph Pubillones

Uniquely Shaped Tile Backsplash

When designing your bathroom's backsplash, don't think you're limited to square and rectangular-shaped tiles. Tiles are available in many styles and shapes, from bold octagonal to elegant arabesque (shown here). Image courtesy of Moen Inc.

Vibrant Tile Backsplash

A traditional Talavera tile backsplash enhances this bathroom's Mexican flair. The vivid tile in shades of blue, red and white complements the hand-painted sinks and the arched mirror. Design by Erica Islas

Striking Stone Tile Backsplash

In this masculine modern bathroom, designer Randy Weinstein continued the monochromatic color scheme with a natural stone tile backsplash in a deep shade of gray. The tile backsplash is paired with smooth plaster walls, adding dynamic contrast to the space.

Bold Glass Tile Backsplash

Narrow glass tiles laid in an offset pattern complement this bathroom's modern design and mimic the look of the ultra-contemporary, wall-mount faucet. Image courtesy of Moen Inc.

Cheerful Glass Tile Backsplash

A glass tile backsplash in the color of chamomile tea brightens up this master bathroom. The white lacquer vanity and frameless glass shower add to the clean, light look. Design by Celia Berliner

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