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Refresh and Revitalise Your Bathroom with Glamorous Tiles

The right tiles are the key to your dream bathroom. So what's stopping you?

Julie Butterworth

Julie Butterworth

Interiors Writer

Pick one shade in two finishes

Go for gleaming metallic tones and shimmering greys for a bathroom with glamour. Choose a single tile colour and look for designs in two contrasting textures or finishes. Here, a grey textured design at the head and foot of the bath adds sparkle to the room, while the larger format version elsewhere provides a streamlined low-sheen, matt-finish contrast.

Say it with chevrons

For a truly contemporary look, explore alternative methods of tiling in unusual contrasting colours. Drop linear rows of tiles in favour of a chevron style to give your bathroom a unique and quirky appearance. If you don't want to do a whole room, try a panel of blush pink, teal green and black tiles - the perfect chic backdrop for a large steel bath and ladder towel rail.

 
Glamorous Bathroom with Fabulous Mirrored Tiles
Photo credit: Colin Poole for Ideal Home

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Sparkle with mirrors

Wow! How glamorous is this? There’s no doubt that your bathroom would become a talking point with these mirrored and bevelled metro tiles that have more than a hint of Hollywood about them. Fit at a corner on two adjoining walls so they bounce reflections and light off each other and back into the room. 

 
Tonal Grey Modern Bathroom with Stone Tiling
Photo credit: Lizzie Orme for Style at Home

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Make a feature

Create a designer feel in your bathroom by using tiles to place emphasis on a statement item of furniture or a particular area. Assign mid grey tiles to your floor, plain cream to three walls and a mix of pebble tones to the fourth. The alternative tile treatment on the single wall creates a feature backdrop for a statement bath or basin.

 
Green Tiled Bathroom with Shower
Photo credit: David Giles for Ideal Home

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Tile to the top

Why stop at dado height? Floor-to-ceiling tiling can turn a functional bathroom space into something far more appealing. Choose a colour all the family can live with and that will stand the test of time. The pale green metro tiles in this bathroom are calming, gender-neutral and a natural complement to wooden cabinetry. When tiling whole walls stick to a pale grout to prevent the space closing in. 

 
Modern Monochrome Bathroom with Slanted Ceiling
Photo credit: David Giles for Ideal Home

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Brave it with black

Use tiling to emphasise or flatter the shape of a room. Put together a monochrome scheme using white fittings and black tiles and transform a compact space into a bathroom with a real sense of luxury. Create a distinctive break between the two colours, and a low slanted ceiling becomes a feature rather than a problem element of the room.

 
Modern White Bathroom with Basin and Green Mosaic Tiles
Photo credit: Sussie Bell for Style at Home

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Add accents

Tiles don’t have to be the main feature of a bathroom. Use them to introduce a touch of interest or a splash of colour. A bright white modern bathroom can run the risk of appearing too clinical, so fit a splashback of green mosaic tiles to introduce a shot of welcome colour that softens the overall look. Pick out the green in accessories too to create a cohesive feel.

 
Bathroom with Grey Tiles and Yellow Accents
Photo credit: Jamie Mason for Style at Home

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Go high and low

Try metro-style tiles in mid grey for a modern bathroom with an industrial edge. Alternate tiles between dado and full ceiling height to match the different splashback and shower functions around the room. Keep the look co-ordinated by painting untiled sections of wall to match your grout. Pick a contrasting accent shade like zesty yellow for accessories.

 
Modern Bathroom with Textured Stone Tiles
Photo credit: Tom Meadows for Ideal Home

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Bring in the texture

As well as adding colour and pattern to a bathroom, tiles can also provide texture. Look for rough-finish designs in natural shades. These are perfect for creating a chic, spa-like feel in a neutral bathroom that might otherwise be too bland or clinical. Enhance the impact of textured tiles by limiting their use to specific areas, such as around a bath or shower.

 
Modern Neutral Bathroom with Floor-to-ceiling Mosaic Tiles
Photo credit: David Cleveland for Homes & Gardens

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Choose mosaic

Mosaic tiles will add interest to any bathroom, whether made up of different shades or one block colour. Try iridescent designs - their shimmering nature will add a sense of luxury to a one-shade bathroom colour scheme. Use behind a basin with a mirror and lighting to create a focal point.