20 Bathroom Shower Tile Ideas

There's no limit to the tile possibilities when designing your shower. Whether you want an utterly modern vibe or a rustic farmhouse effect, tile transforms a plain box into the highlight of your bathroom.

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June 24, 2020

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Shower Tile: Style Meets Substance

A necessity in most modern homes, a shower provides both the quickest way to get clean and a little much-needed me time. Choosing the right tile not only creates a waterproof space, it can also dramatically boost your bathroom's style. From luxe marble to budget-friendly ceramic, take a look at 20 of our favorite ways to tile your shower.

Bold + Graphic

No need to hide this stunning shower behind a curtain. The shower's glass enclosure not only exposes the showstopping black-and-white geometric tile, but it also creates an open and airy atmosphere. Design tip: Add warmth to a black-and-white palette by staying away from cool finishes and instead choosing bronze, gold or brass.

See More Photos: Master Bathroom From HGTV Dream Home 2020

Spacious Home Spa

Step into the extravagance of a shower the size of most people's entire bathroom. Beveled white subway tile fills this space, from the walls to the barrel-vaulted ceiling to the built-in bench. To add visual interest, small hex tiles were laid in a chic, geometric pattern on the floor.

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Warmth + Texture

A timeless look that's also totally of-the-moment, chevron stone tiles in soft browns, tans and grays create an eye-catching accent wall in this expansive shower. The curbless design allows the hardwood of the bathroom to flow seamlessly with the mosaic tile floor of the shower.

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Spa-aah!

If there's a visual definition for minimalist luxury, this bathroom is about the closest we'll ever get. The quiet palette evokes a restful respite from the world, while tone-on-tone motifs bring in subtle glamour. Elegant diamond-patterned marble tiles decorate the shower's floor and ceiling, while a geometric inset creates a lovely focal point.

Abstract + Artful

A classic herringbone pattern never goes out of style, but this bathroom shows how a splash of color brings a fresh contemporary sensibility to the traditional layout. Jewel-like shades of teal, amber and burgundy energize the neutral tiles for a playfully vibrant display.

Learn More: Beyond Subway Tile: 9 Bold Bathroom Tile Designs

Pattern Perfection

When selecting tile, view it from a distance as well as up close. The tile of these shower walls has an almost diamond-pattern look from afar yet is appealingly wavy when seen up-close. Teal floor tiles are laid in a modern, offset design. A stone pillar takes the place of a traditional built-in bench and delivers a natural note to the room.

Not-So-Boring White

Just because you opt for all-white shower tile doesn't mean your bath will be basic — just mix it up a little. For the shower in the HGTV Dream Home 2020 guest bathroom, designer Brian Patrick Flynn combines 3-inch hex tiles on the angled ceiling with long, rectangular wall tiles laid in a herringbone pattern.

See More Photos: Coastal White Guest Bathroom From HGTV Dream Home 2020

Opposing Views

Bold and oh-so-stylish, this walk-in shower uses square ceramic tiles to form alternating black-and-white stripes. Additional visual interest is created by varying the width of the stripes. An overhead rainfall showerhead (in addition to six wall sprays and traditional and handheld showerheads) create the ultimate spa experience.

See More Photos: Master Bathroom Pictures From HGTV Smart Home 2020

Organically Inspired

Not all tile is conceived in straight lines. Curved, leaf-like designs add a natural touch to this spacious bathroom. The intricate design flows from the backsplash into the shower stall, where it combines with simple subway tile to create alternating bands.

Square Off

This bathroom truly embraces living on the grid. Square tiles mimic the design of the glass-and-steel divider, while cedar planking grounds the open, walk-in shower. Design tip: Add life to your bathroom with houseplants. Some houseplants, such as pothos, gardenia and dracaena, love the humidity and low light of a bathroom.

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Gorgeous + Graphic

Lines and angles abound in the marble tile floors, inspiring an unexpected shower wall design in this spa-like bath. Instead of installing the marble slabs in standard squares or rectangles, designer Erica Bryen opted for triangles and trapezoids for an artfully geometric layout. The frameless glass shower doors speak to the bathroom's streamlined look and help to highlight the tilework in the shower.

Fresh Symmetry

Clean and bright, this walk-in shower's wall starts with a white square tile, then layers in two different sizes of rectangular glass tile to create a waterfall effect. A welcoming haven to begin and end the day, this bathroom is a pared-down escape.

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A Pop of Pattern

Break up the sameness of subway tile with a little creative tilework. Here, the same subway tile used throughout the shower is laid in a herringbone pattern to create a decorative border, while black-and-white rhombus cube flooring conveys a decidedly modern note.

See More Photos: 15 Classic Bathroom Tile Designs That Will Never Go Out of Style

A Sea of Blue

One brilliant hue is all you need make a major statement, especially when found in the elongated hex tile of this walk-in shower. Once again, frameless glass doors win best supporting element since they allow you to fully take in the shower's design.

See More Photos: 75 Walk-in Shower Designs for a Luxurious, Spa-Like Bathroom

One Material, Different Sizes

Pull away from one-note design by varying your tile size. Small mosaics make up the shower floor, while large rectangular tiles are staggered up the wall. And, of course, the fact that all the tile is marble takes the opulence up a notch or two.

Learn More: 10 Marble Bathrooms We're Swooning Over RN

Sometimes, More Is More

Creating a wallpaper effect, cement tiles add a lot of pattern to both the shower's floor and back wall. To give the continuous motif some breathing room, large white tiles are used on the showerhead wall, while an inset window floods the space with natural light.

See More Photos: Everything You Need to Know About Trendy Cement Tile

Everyday Luxe

This guest bathroom is proof that marble makes everything better. What could have been a standard space is stylistically kicked up a notch with Carrara marble — with marble hex tile on the floor, a marble vanity top and oversized marble subway tile in the shower. Frameless glass doors visually extend the bathroom and ensure you don't miss the amazing waterfront view.

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Create Balance

Ditch the notion that crisp white tile is the only way to dress a shower. This patchwork of intricate tile creates a quilt-like effect that lends a global feel to the otherwise neutral space.

Create Contrast

Not all shower tile has to be flashy to create a striking aesthetic. In this walk-in shower, matte black subway tile contrasts perfectly against the glossy white tile on the surrounding walls. Brass fixtures, along with the walnut wedge pegs for hanging towels, add a golden gleam.

When Petite, Go Bold

One pro of a small bath is that you can go all-in on luxe materials because you only need small amounts of them. In this shower, a Calacatta marble slab wall is paired with herringbone-laid tiles in shades of black and gray for a classic contrast.

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