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Add Textural Contrast with Bathroom Tile

Posted by Daltile Team on Oct 8, 2015 8:30:00 PM

Whether you prefer a bathroom that's clean, bright, and modern, or one that features bold colors and has an edgy vibe, the addition of textured tile can bring your design to the next level. Not only are these tiles aesthetically pleasing, but they are comfortable to walk on and provide a low-maintenance flooring option. The texture helps to make the bathroom tile stand out, and in a neutral bathroom, it can be used to enhance the look of the space without disturbing the peaceful, lighter feel of the bathroom. Here are some helpful tips and tricks for incorporating textured tile into your brand-new bathroom design.

Florentine in Marfil on the wall

Go with Textured Travertine

The stately beauty of travertine makes it one of today's hottest bathroom tile options. Warm, earthen shades combined with its natural depth and unique texture work well in bathrooms where gentle contrast is needed. Regardless of whether your bathroom is a small powder room or a luxury-sized master bath, the many shapes and sizes of the Travertine Collection can be applied to floors, backsplashes, or shower walls. For added dimension, try adding contrasting sizes of travertine tiles on the floors and walls. This will add a unique flair to a monochromatic color scheme. For example, the Travertine Collection in Baja Cream offers larger 12 x 12 and 16 x 16 inch tiles for floors, and smaller sizes in linear, square, or brick shapes for wall applications.

Consider Porcelain with a Textured Finish

Rather than allowing your new bathroom backsplash to fade into the background, why not create a showpiece with texture? Porcelain tiles with raised patterns allow you to stay with a neutral color range, while still designing a backsplash or accent wall that won't appear too flat or lackluster. Like many other tile options, glazed porcelain with a textured finish will work exceptionally well on the walls of your bathroom. In particular, the crisp whites and trendy grays of the Showscape line evoke a multisensory feel that won't overwhelm a smaller bathroom space.

Add Natural Texture with Stone-Look Tile

If you love the durability and easy maintenance of tile, but are also captivated by the beauty of natural stone, stone-look tile may work well in your bathroom. The Florentine series, for example, is produced via a digital imaging process that results in a realistic, high variation surface. The end result is consistent with marble and natural stone, providing natural patterns and veining that are not the same on every tile. The result is the incomparable elegance of natural stone combined with the long-lasting qualities of porcelain.


When it comes time to renovate your bathroom, adding a backsplash, updating fixtures, and replacing floor tile can quickly transform a bathroom. To take your design to the next level, however, consider adding dimension to the space by opting for textured wall and floor tiles.

Topics: Bathroom Tile Ideas, Stone, Wall Tile

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