Any time I set out to figure out new and exciting small bathroom tile ideas, I always wind up with subway tiles on the walls. Yes this is not the most unique or cutting edge material in the design world but, especially in smaller spaces, it is such a fantastic (and fairly inexpensive) material that you can use to create just about any style of bathroom renovation ideas that you can imagine. For this particular remodel, we went with that carefully achieved balance between contemporary and traditional that is oh so popular these days. As you can see from the finished bathroom pictures I posted, we covered all walls and the shower with white subway tile, then accented it with a simple round bronze-framed mirror and trendy grey vanity cabinet.
I have read so much about how scale is very important when it comes to picking out materials for your home especially when you are working with smaller floor plans. I think the way that this designer chose small bathroom tile ideas that are a miniature replica to your more traditional marble herringbone accented spaces was so brilliant. Full size herringbone bathroom tiles on the walls and shower would have definitely been very overwhelming to this somewhat cramped space. They were able to achieve the same elegant look but in a way that works very well within the confines of the footprint, and actually makes the space seem even larger. I love it when designers get creative with small bathroom ideas, and deliver something unique that actually inspires even better designs from others.
What do you all think of these small bathroom tile ideas -- I can't decide if I like the color palette and pattern, or if it actually makes the room look outdated. We opted for the tile in these bathroom images because it was a neutral but has a bit of color to it to give the room a bit of pattern and design. Now that it is on the wall though, the neutral color of it seems to fade into the background but not in a good way. Part of the problem, I think, is the color of the walls. This was a shade that was faved about in all of the forums that discuss trending bathroom ideas 2022. We thought it would be the perfect accent to the beige undertones in the tile, but now that I see it here, I really do not love it. Do you think that I nice crisp white would look better in here?
Just as a follow up to my last point about small bathroom tile ideas featuring large wood grain tile, I wanted to share pictures of another room we designed in that house with a similar yet contrasting tile. We actually came up with the shower tile ideas use here after finding the accent tile that was meant to go with that wood grain one we used in the master. They have a much lighter color way complete with a washed out version of the accent tile that we used in the center of the walk in shower. I think that this is such a unique look, and one that you certainly wouldn't expect in your typical small bathroom remodel. The light versus dark is an awesome way to bring cohesiveness to your home but with a little bit of excitement and whimsy.
Everything that I have every read about small bathroom tile ideas has said to avoid dark finishes at all costs because they can make these spaces feel even smaller. I have never really been one to follow the rules, so I tossed out all of those tiny bathroom ideas and went with my gut, instead planning out this design centered around large charcoal grey subway tiles. Rather than covering the whole bathroom in them (because I knew it would swallow the room), I concentrated that pattern to the shower, and went with a simple and much lighter marble honeycomb pattern for the floors, a light grey painted vanity, and bright white walls. These areas of the design definitely fall more within your typical small bathroom remodel ideas, but are just edgy enough with the charcoal grey tile to make the home something special.
A lot of people say to be subtle with your small bathroom tile ideas and keep things simple and contained so as not to overwhelm the space, but I threw caution to the wind with this design. I love wood grain tile, and when I saw these unique large square designs, I knew the direction that I was going to take these next small bathroom renovations. Rather than sticking to that one tile, I decided to commit to the "big" design and get some gorgeous coordinating focal tiles for the center of the walk in shower. I think that the contrast of the pattern -- simple against more complex -- looks so awesome and feels way more high end than the typical bathroom tile ideas you see used in smaller spaces.