6 Ways To Give Your Bathroom a Facelift with Tile

6 Ways To Give Your Bathroom a Facelift with Tile
by Cristi Oramas

The possibilities are endless when using tile to give your bathroom a facelift. From traditional subway tile to custom mosaics, tile lets you create the perfect space for any aesthetic. Moreover, tile is long-lasting, easiest to clean, and truly provides the most style options available. Bottom line: no other materials provide as many design choices and durability.

With so many options, you might not know where to start. We wanted to make the process fun and easy; so, get ready to be inspired and check out 5 ways to upgrade your bathroom below!

Tile Your Bathroom Backsplash

Using tile for your bathroom backsplash is a very popular option that truly elevates the look of the space. Beginning in the middle of the last century, tiling around your sink became commonplace because it’s easier to clean and looks beautiful. Fast forward to 2023 and this is one trend that isn’t slowing down!

With the rise of new technologies in tile production, an abundance of styles and finishes have become available that weren’t before. From organically shaped options like the Make a Statement, 1.25” X 3” glass tile, to unique 3D mosaics like the White Iridescent, 1” X 1” glass tile, you’re sure to find the perfect fit to transform your bathroom into a little slice of paradise.

Photo of bathroom backsplash, double sink, marble counter top and white cabinets. Mid century modern tile.

Tile the Entire Shower

Tiling a shower can be a daunting task, but with the right tools and steps, anyone can successfully create a stylish, water-resistant shower area. Shower tile comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures, so you can easily find a look that fits your lifestyle.

When it comes to shower floor tiles, there are a few key elements to keep in mind. Because it is exposed to water regularly, it should be designed for wet and submerged areas and should be waterproof and installed with waterproof grout.

It is always best to consider high-performance grout like those from the Starlike EVO collection. This grout is inherently waterproof, which means mold and mildew are a problem of the past! It’s also stain and crack resistant, eliminating the issues around troublesome cement-based grouts.

During your search for shower tile, make sure you keep size in mind. If your bathroom is small, opt for larger tiles to give it an open and airy feel. However, if you have a large shower or tub area, smaller tiles can help create a more intricate look.

Photo of a fully tiled shower floor, shower wall, and bathtub area.

Use Patterned Mosaic Tile for a Feature Wall

Patterned tile is becoming increasingly popular indoors. But this trend isn’t just seen in kitchens, it’s showing up in bathrooms around the world. Blending the old-world, rustic feel of Spanish and Mediterranean style with the sleek, simple colors found in modern design, choosing a patterned tile for an accent wall in your bathroom will add the perfect exotic touch that everyone will be talking about!

Check out the Martia, 6” X 6” porcelain tile, for instance. This top-selling tile is a favorite for all areas in the home, from pools and spas to kitchens, bathrooms, and feature walls indoors and out.

Photo of a patterned shower wall and accent wall next to a modern, sink and wash area.

Use Mosaic Tile as an Accent on the Shower Wall

If you're looking to add a touch of luxury and elegance to your bathroom, consider using mosaic tile as an accent in the shower wall itself. Mosaic tiles are small pieces of ceramic or glass that come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.

The combination of mosaic tile with larger tiles can create a unique design statement for any bathroom. From classic color combinations to eye-catching patterns, there is sure to be something for everyone! If you're looking for a timeless look, consider white subway tile with black or colored mosaic accents.

For a more modern style, try glass mosaic tiles in bright colors or unique shapes. Whichever option you choose, adding mosaic tile to your shower wall is sure to make a big impact!

Photo of black mosaic tile being used as an accent in a shower wall.

Use Different Tile for Shower Floor and Shower Walls

The use of different types of tiles throughout the bathroom is gaining in popularity. Simply change the color of one tile and add another of a different shape for effect, and the result will be illuminating. Don’t forget you can change the color of the grout to match or offset the tile you choose.

For a stylish and unique bathroom design, consider the placement of the tile across different surfaces in the room. For instance, use a herringbone pattern on one wall, and a classic subway pattern on another.

When choosing bathroom floor tile, look for anti-slip tile options to help prevent accidents and falls in the shower. This White Anti-slip 1” X 1” is a great choice, for instance.

For shower wall tiles, select tiles that have been designed specifically for wet environments such as glass or porcelain tile. Make sure the color, shape, and texture of your chosen tile coordinate well with other elements in the bathroom so that it creates a visually cohesive look. With careful planning and a thoughtful selection of materials, you can create a beautiful, long-lasting bathroom space.

Photo of a tiles shower using green subway tile in a unique pattern, white subway tile on the shower wall, and white hexagon tile on the shower floor. White toilet with black lid.

Carry Your Shower Tile into the Rest of The Bathroom

If you're looking to tile your bathroom floor, consider using the same tile you used in your shower floor. This creates a seamless transition from the shower area to the rest of the space, creating a modern, clean look. It also helps to create the illusion of space, helping a smaller bathroom appear larger.

Using larger format tile, such as the Ice, 2” X 6” glass tile is ideal for this look as its simple color and style creates a relaxing, spa-like ambiance.

Photo of a sleek, modern bathroom with large format dark gray subway tile carried over from shower wall to the rest of the bathroom walls.

A bathroom remodel doesn’t have to be overwhelming or expensive. Tiling is an excellent way to instantly transform any space, and tiling your bathroom can keep it looking brand new for many years. Bathroom tiles not only add an aesthetically beautiful touch, but they are also incredibly durable and easy to keep clean.

With careful consideration of your wants and needs, you can find the perfect tile to make your bathroom oasis shine! Have fun with it and enjoy creating something beautiful that will last for years to come.

Don't delay, contact our design consultants, and get started planning your dream bathroom today!