15 Classic Bathroom Tile Designs That Will Never Go Out of Style

Avoid reno-regret with these timeless designs that you'll love for years to come.

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June 24, 2019

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Try Earthy Hues

Looking for something different than the traditional white subway tile? Opt for warm, earthy tiles instead. This contemporary master bath is elegant and inviting with an airy, sandy tile backsplash, blonde double vanity and natural stone floors.

Turn to Herringbone

Bring texture and interest into your white-on-white bathroom design by taking a few notes from this high-glamour spa bathroom. Re-create the movement and wow-factor of this design by adding a marble herringbone tile backsplash behind your vanity or within your shower stall.

Timeless Checkerboard

In the market for a statement-making bathroom floor that appears equal parts fresh and classic? Take note from this elegant, French-country ensuite with its chic black-and-white checkered floor. Incorporate this look to instantly elevate a simple bathroom or to enhance the formal finishes in your traditional ensuite.

Standard Style + Elevated Materials

Let this traditional powder room convince you to forgo the oversaturated, white subway tiles and go with a refined approach for your bathroom renovation. The glossy, Calacatta gold marble tiles feature unique veining that wraps the lower walls in a wash of warm color and movement. Re-create the striking results in your bathroom by pairing the milky marble tiles with classic, white porcelain and nickel fixtures throughout.

Rely on Nature

Consider enlisting some help from nature when creating a timeless bathroom design. This airy and inviting bathroom uses earthy, gray and brown pebbled floors to ground the design and soften the bright white walls.

Detailed Borders

Sometimes it can feel impossible to design a space that feels classic, without appearing boring, basic and/or played out. The good news, though? This chic bathroom design proves a little detail can go a long way to enhance simple, white bathroom tile. Re-create the high-contrast style by adding a graphic, Greek-key border within your floors and a sleek railing within the backsplash.

Statement Wall

Less is more in this swoon-worthy, spa bathroom. The space feels airy and fresh, but far from boring. A cohesive line of marble covers the walls and floors, while a unique tile mosaic creates a statement piece within the glass shower stall. Take this approach in your space to save money and give your design some personal flair.

Subtle Stripes

Give simple subway tiles a chic twist by creating a striped pattern. The stripes in this contemporary bathroom alternate white and light gray tiles in rows of three. If you have a large wall to cover, try this same technique, it will help make the room feel taller too.

Stretched Hex

Create a bold design by selecting simple white tile in unexpected, geometric shapes. This contemporary bathroom features stretched hexagon tile within the shower stall and classic, white penny tile along the floor.

Exotic Inspiration

Exotic and elegant, this Moroccan-inspired master bathroom is our ultimate renovation muse. The space wows with warm, gray tile floors in a mosaic motif and a striking, sandy beige herringbone backsplash within the shower stall.

Spanish Flair

This contemporary, black-and-white bathroom turns heads by using inky Spanish tile in the shower to accentuate the arched ceiling. Bring the same bold style to your bathroom by creating a single statement wall with patterned tiles in a neutral hue. Finish the design by using basic, white subway tiles to frame the focal wall.

Airy Cohesion

One word for this space? Dreamy. The pretty, pearly spa bathroom is jaw-dropping with a romantic, diamond patterned tile rug on the floor and a large, floral mosaic built into the shower wall. Achieve this elegant design in your master bath by carefully selecting tiles that feature the same finish and similar tones. This approach ensures that your space appears cohesive and fresh, rather than chaotic, mismatched and/or overwhelming.

Striking Stripes

Who wouldn’t want to freshen up in this funky bathroom? Copy this contemporary design by using rectangular floor tiles in two contrasting colors. The secret is to alternate hues within the rows and be sure the tiles of the same color never align, horizontally or vertically.

Mix Materials

Wow with the unexpected. This luxurious master bathroom does just that, with a wet room that expertly pairs textured stacked stone with glossy marble walls. The design works because the stacked stone and tile walls both display a mix of earthy brown, white and gray hues. Achieve a similar effect in your design by pairing materials with similar shades, but varied texture.

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No Wet Rugs

There’s nothing worse than accidentally stepping on a cold, wet bathroom rug in the middle of the afternoon. Eliminate that problem altogether by installing a one-of-a-kind, geometric tile runner within your tile floors. This bathroom shows how it’s done, with matte white subway walls and an edgy, yet ageless, triangle motif that stretches the length of the floating double vanity.

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