Beyond Subway Tile: 9 Bold Bathroom Tile Designs

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

As we've mentioned before, we at HGTV.com love subway tile. In a kitchen or bathroom, it's timeless yet on-trend, and it complements just about any design style. But since subway tile is so popular, it can sometimes feel like it's the only option out there. If you're thinking of trying something a little different in your bath, get inspired by these bold, colorful tile designs.

Dramatic Monochromatic

Contemporary Double-Vanity Bathroom With Gray Tiled Wall

Contemporary Double-Vanity Bathroom With Gray Tiled Wall

This contemporary double-vanity bathroom features a gray-tiled wall and stylish accents including narrow wall sconces and flat basin-style sinks. The sleek black vanity has a white marble countertop and offers plenty of storage space for keeping the bathroom clutter free.

A tile backsplash in deep shades of gray sets a striking tone in this contemporary bathroom. Working with a dark-colored tile may seem daunting, but you can lighten up your space by incorporating at least one bright white element.

Penny Tile

Vanity and Mirror

Vanity and Mirror

The master bath's larger vanity, with solid maple drawer fronts painted bright white, includes a 40-inch-wide by 30-inch-high medicine cabinet with anodized aluminum construction and a durable rust-free and chip-free finish.

Photo by: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

Like subway tile, penny tile is another classic that’s currently in vogue. This timeless style is available in a variety of colors; for a bright, airy look, try a neutral or a light blue, as seen in the master bath of HGTV Urban Oasis 2016. For a glamorous space, opt for black, gold or silver tile.

Modern Rustic

Universal Design Bathroom

Universal Design Bathroom

Serving the downstairs as well as the guest bedroom, this state of the art universal design bathroom is made to work for everyone, regardless of age, size and capability.

Photo by: Eric Perry

Eric Perry

Wood is a risky choice for the bathroom, but you can mimic its rustic, textural look with tile. Meant to imitate reclaimed oak, the tiles in this bath combine the rugged beauty of wood with the strength and durability of porcelain.

Moroccan Flair

Blue Bathroom With Moroccan Flair

Blue Bathroom With Moroccan Flair

The custom cement tiles in this blue bathroom give it Moroccan flair. Mirror strips on either side of the back wall add a little extra visual depth to the small space.

Photo by: Jennifer Mehditash

Jennifer Mehditash

With their intricate patterns, the custom cement tiles in this bathroom lend a touch of Moroccan style to the space. Mirror strips on either side of the back wall add extra visual depth.

Tortoiseshell Chic

Bathroom Sink and Vanity With Brown Tile Backsplash

Bathroom Sink and Vanity With Brown Tile Backsplash

Richly detailed brown tiles decorate the backsplash of this sink picking up the similar hues in the wood vanity and sink. On the counter, silver dispensers elegantly finish off the scene.

Photo by: Durston Saylor

Durston Saylor

Sporting various hues of brown, black and amber, tortoiseshell-inspired tiles look warm and slightly woodsy in this bathroom. A wood vanity, copper sink and mirror hung from a leather strap round out the space's naturally elegant look.

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Marvelous Marble

Transitional Master Bathroom With Taupe Hexagonal Tile

Transitional Master Bathroom With Taupe Hexagonal Tile

This beautiful bathroom features gray and white marble that continues from the floor to the backsplash and shower. This marble meets a wall of taupe hexagonal tile for an attractive design transition. A gray double vanity completes the stylish look.

Photo by: Christopher Stark

Christopher Stark

It doesn’t get much more luxurious than a marble bathroom. Here, marble tiles envelop the space, continuing from the floor all the way up the walls. In the shower, a wall of taupe, hexagon-shaped tiles adds warmth and interesting texture. 

Fun With Geometrics

Geometric Tile Pattern Adds Extra Dimension to Powder Room

Geometric Tile Pattern Adds Extra Dimension to Powder Room

Geometric tile in varying color stretches from wall to floor to play a fun game with dimension and shape in this trend-forward Brooklyn powder room. A sleek, white floating vanity and simple mirror keep the attention focused on the dramatic tile.

Photo by: Alyssa Kirsten

Alyssa Kirsten

A small powder room is the perfect place to play with a really bold tile. In this petite bath, geometric tiles cover the walls and floor, adding dimension to the space. The simple white vanity and frameless mirror keep the design from feeling overwhelming.

Multicolor Mosaic

Colorful Bathroom

Colorful Bathroom

As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It, the second story bathroom is very spacious, with two street facing windows allowing in lots of natural light.

From: Love It Or List It

Photo by: Dale Wilcox /AP Images

Dale Wilcox /AP Images

If you’re especially crazy for color, try a mosaic tile backsplash in an array of hues. The key to pulling off this look is keeping the rest of the space fairly neutral. In this bathroom, white walls and a sleek, white vanity let the tilework take center stage.

Sunny Yellow

Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors

Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors

Because pedestal tubs appear to float in their surroundings, they can be a wise choice for compact bathrooms. Not only do they take up less visual space, but their smaller footprint also exposes more flooring, which is preferable when showing off intricate hexagonal floor tiles like these.

If you simply can’t resist the idea of a subway tile bathroom, consider putting a new twist on this timeless look, such as a bright color or an unexpected pattern. Vibrant yellow tiles help this compact bathroom feel larger.

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