The Latest Trends in Bathroom Tile

Whether you’re thinking about selling your home, renovating to enhance its value, or are tired of spending so much time indoors and need something new to look at, check out the latest trends in bathroom tile options. These not only provide impressive changes to your home, they will also command attention far into the future.

Down to Earth

First up are earth tones. Everything springs from the earth. You can bring the feel of the outdoors in and create a calm, peaceful living space. We’re not talking about merely brown and beige. If you haven’t renovated for a while you may be pleasantly surprised by the way tiles have advanced in recent years – more colors, more shapes, and even textures.

Choose a New Color

What would you call a color combo of gray and beige? Why greige of course! That’s right, greige is a trending neutral color tile that’s becoming quite popular, and helps tie together brown/beige or gray/black tones.

Wood-Look Plank Tile

Wood-look plank tiles are gaining popularity for bathroom floors. They look great in most interiors and add the outdoor feel using earth tones. Wood-look tiles are available in just about any color you could imagine – from dark browns to light grays and everything in between. Your tile contractor can install them in regular or intricate patterns.

Since these are tiles, they’re water resistant, won’t swell or buckle, and are overall more durable than wooden flooring. Another great advantage is that these tiles are easier to clean because they have less grout and thinner grout lines that won’t collect as much dirt and debris. Also the “wood grain” makes dirt less obvious. Nobody wants to spend all their time cleaning. Wood-look plank tiles for bathroom flooring are poised to become a classic because they look so real and last longer than actual wood flooring in a bathroom.

Shapes & Patterns

Not only are tile colors becoming more diverse, but their shapes and patterns are also changing, too. There are so many tiles from which to choose for bathroom walls and floors you may find yourself overwhelmed. Talk with your contractor or interior decorator if you need input.

Shapes and patterns include chevron, hexagon, herringbone, subway tiles, smaller squares, weaves, Moroccan patterns, and more. Combine earth tones with a creative pattern for a unique look that’s all you. Options include floral themes, Art-Deco-inspired designs, geometric configurations, and everything in between. When you use earth tones with a three-dimensional surface you add visual texture. When it comes to bathrooms, wall and floor tiles are one of the most popular choices now and for the future.

Marble & Stone Looks

Right now you’re probably thinking, “Why would I want marble or stone “look” in my bathroom?” Well, as with the wood-look plank tiles, these stone and marble tiles can be easily mistaken for the real thing. Plus, they’re simpler to care for than actual stone or marble. You can bring the outdoors in with these natural element looks.

The best way to work these tiles into your bathroom design is by mixing them with wooden-look floor tiles. They pair effortlessly with earth tones. Looks include marble and granite looks, beige stone- or multicolor slate-look tile, and giant gemstone designs. The important point to remember is to choose an earth tone that best complements your bathroom space.

Long & Narrow Subway Tiles

Subway tiles have been around for a while, but this year it’s all about unique shapes. So, if you want a sleek, ultra-modern bathroom, then try long narrow subway tiles. Use them to accentuate a wall and create a different dimension to your bathroom. With larger tile planks and graphic patterns, you can give your bathroom an individualized look that reflects your unique style.

Remain Neutral

Maybe you like the classics and want to keep your bathroom renovation in a clean, traditional style. That’s cool, too. A bathroom with a neutral color palette conveys its own charm and simplicity. It also lends itself to more leeway for additional decorating. Neutral color bathroom tiles keep it simple yet elegant. The monochromatic look works well in any modern or contemporary bathroom.

Another thought is to use the same white marble tile throughout the bathroom, but mix up the shapes throughout. This decorating trick keeps the space bright and gives it some intrigue with the different shapes and textures.

Heavy Metal

Earth tones and metal? It might sound odd, but bear with us – it works. Think about copper, dark brown, and/or black to create a sleek urban look and feel. Because metal reflects light it can add an edgy makeover to a bathroom. If you’re not feeling quite that bold, metallic tiles also go well with neutral color floor tiles. A metallic sheen or finish is always in style. Just think about the current fixtures around your bathroom. You may already have some with a metallic color and now you can tie it all together by strategically placed metallic bathroom tiles. This can be one of the most vibrant tile ideas you can use when remodeling your bathroom.

Matte Finish

Matte finish tiles are quickly becoming popular for the bath area and will no doubt remain so for decades. The matte finish creates a softer yet still compelling look when used as flooring or on walls. As an added bonus, matte finish tiles are easy to maintain.

Safety First – Texture and Slip Resistance

When it comes to flooring, make sure that you select tiles that have a bit of texture in them and are specifically designed for floors. You want to avoid anything slippery since it will become even more slippery when wet. Slip and fall lawsuits? Uh, no thank you!


When renovating your bathroom, earth tones are especially popular now and for the unforeseeable future. Current choices in tile shape, color, finish, texture, and pattern make your options limitless. Take time to get creative with your choices and look at different tiles before making your final decision.


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