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Out of the Box Bathroom Tile Ideas

Posted by Daltile Team on Jan 28, 2015 8:28:00 AM

San Michele porcelain tile in 12 x 12 on the floor and 12 x 24 on the wall.San Michele porcelain tile in  12 x 12 on the floor and 12 x 24 on the wall.

Tile has been in a square box for far too long. The glazed 3 x 6 tile is a classic that will never go out of style, but if you are looking for something a little bit different, it’s time to enter the modern world of tile.

Tile that was once reserved only for mosaics or floors has now spread itself across the bathroom with reckless abandon. Why not tap into the luxury of beautifully crafted Roman mosaics as you gather bathroom ideas or embrace a different tile shape altogether? Here are some different shapes and patterns available in tile that doesn’t always have four corners.

Go Retro

Permatones mosaic tile in Almond and Urban Putty with Spa 4 x 4s.

Remember those 1” hexagon tiles in your grandmother’s kitchen? Why not take it up a notch in your bathroom with an octagonal tile in a different material or larger size? Or shift your perspective on traditional square tiles by mixing and matching colors, sizes, or shapes.

Embrace Stone Mosaics

Crema Marfil marble tile in Baroque mosaic.

The newest favorite is the stone mosaic. Composed of natural stone, like marble, these tile designs incorporate tile shapes like you’ve never seen before. Think rhombus tiles with diagonal grout lines, curvy baroque style elegance, and a honeycombed marquise.

You can offset these unique shapes with a contrasting grout that brings out the shape or you can go for a more subtle effect with matching grout. Either way, this is not the stone tile you are used to. It provides you with a whole new avenue of ideas for the bathroom.

Think Round

Retro Rounds in Saddle on the backspash.

Circular and oval tiles are the new version of the classic 1 x 1 square tile as with the Retro Rounds pictured above. They come in natural colors and stone, as well as the more classic ceramic colors. You can create your own design or go with the pre-assembled mesh-back squares for easier installation.


How have you taken tile outside the box? Leave a comment and let us know your bathroom ideas.




Topics: Remodel, Redesign, Bathroom Tile Ideas

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