Using Tile in the Bathroom
Whether it is the focal point or just a backdrop, tile can define zones, distinguish style, and add pizzazz
Like the right accessories to match an outfit, the perfect tile can influence the look of the entire space. Whether you're wrapping the whole bath in glass or using colored ceramic to spice things up, tile can bring texture, style, and pizazz to the bathroom.
This shower belongs to the vice president of Oceanside Glasstile. Not surprisingly, his shower is fit for a king with custom-designed 11-by-12-inch sheets of glass tiles that reflect daylight and glimmer beneath water, with a graduated color scheme of watery-blue shades cascading down the walls.
Mixing and matching various colors, finishes, and materials can create depth. Here, in the same bath, black tile with an iridescent bronze finish offers contrast to the pale blue and contributes additional light to the space. The tile is made from recycled bottles.
The benefit of an iridescent finish is not only it's beauty but its light-reflecting qualities. Here, the sparkling handmade tiles surround the tub area of the master bath, running up the walls vertically and wrapping the space in earthy tones of blue, green, and brown.
Breaking up the plain beige wall, these earth-toned tiles create a modern look. Instead of a traditional row, the owners added visual interest with an asymmetrical, geometric pattern using tile of different shape and sizes.
The shower is the perfect place for mixing and matching tiles. This combination of multi-colored slate floor tiles and limestone on the wall creates a natural look that ties together the adjacent maple and mahogany cabinets. The frameless glass allows for the combo to be admired by visitors.
Subway tile is a bathroom favorite. Here, they're finished with gray grout for extra pop.
Mosaics can tell a story, act as a focal point, or tie a various elements of the room together. This mosaic of the Tuscan countryside is the centerpiece of the design, complemented by a pattern on the tub surround and border at the ceiling line.
Less complex and labor-intensive, yet still offering classic style, is this simple floor mosaic. Slight variations in the color give the plain field a distinctive character.
Even simpler, this mosaic border, made from tiny pieces of marble, came bonded to mesh backing for easy installation. It matches a center mosaic in the same room and adds additional grounding to the large space.