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Modern Bathroom Tiling: Design Tips & Ideas

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

Tiling is an essential aspect of bathroom design, as it can have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of the space. With a wide variety of tiles available in the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right tiles for your bathroom. In this blog, we will discuss modern bathroom tiling ideas and design tips that can help you create a stunning and functional bathroom.




Bathroom Tile Size and Type


Large-format tiles

modern bathroom with large format tiles

Large-format tiles are a popular choice for modern bathrooms as they give a seamless and spacious look to the bathroom. The large size of the tiles means that there are fewer grout lines, which can make the bathroom feel more open. Large-format tiles are a great choice for walls and floors and can be installed in a stacked or staggered pattern can create a clean and contemporary look. Available in a wide variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and natural stone.




Textured tiles

Modern bathroom with textured tiles

Textured tiles are another popular trend in modern bathroom tiling. These tiles can add depth and dimension to the bathroom, and they are available in a range of patterns and finishes, including matte, glossy, and metallic. Textured tiles can be used as an accent wall in the bathroom to add depth and interest to the space. Installed behind the vanity or as a backdrop to the bathtub or shower can add dynamism for both sleek and bold designers, drawing the eye to key areas. Textured tiles can also be extremely practical, used on the shower floor to create a slip-resistant surface providing better grip and reducing the risk of slips and falls. Delivering in both practicality and aesthetic appeal, it is easier for dirt to become trapped in the texturing, so bear in mind you'll need to keep a soft-bristle brush handy for when cleaning.



Subway tiles

Metro tiles behind bathroom sink

Subway tiles are a classic and timeless choice for modern bathroom tiling. These tiles are available in a range of colours, sizes, and finishes, including glossy, matte, and bevelled, while also being quite affordable! Subway tiles are suited for bathroom walls as a classic and timeless. They can be installed in various patterns, including stacked, herringbone, and offset. White subway tiles are a popular choice for modern bathrooms, as they can create a clean and fresh look. However, they are more common so if you want to stand out from the crowd, coloured subway tiles can also be used to add a pop of colour and personality to the space.



Geometric tiles

Hexagonal tile feature wall in bathroom

Geometric tiles are a popular trend in modern bathroom tiling, adding a unique and contemporary look to the bathroom. These tiles are available in a range of shapes and patterns, such as hexagonal, octagonal, and diamond, and can be installed in various colours and finishes and textures. However, this variety of unique shapes and finishes can make them more expensive than other types of tiles, especially if they are made from high-end materials. Geometric tiles can also be used on shower walls to add interest and texture to the space. They can be installed in a monochromatic colour scheme for a sleek and sophisticated look.



Wood-effect tiles

Wood effect tiles in sauna inspired bathroom

Wood-effect tiles are a great choice for modern bathrooms, as they give the warmth and natural look of wood without maintenance concerns. These tiles are available in various colours and finishes, including distressed, natural, and painted to suit the particular aesthetic you wish to achieve. Wood-effect tiles can be used on walls, floors, and even in the shower. They are a great choice for bathrooms that want to achieve a rustic or organic feel or even a spa-like atmosphere.




Design Tips


Sleek bathroom with a mix of tiles

Mix and match

Mixing and matching different tiles can create a unique and personalised look in the bathroom. You can combine large-format tiles with textured tiles or mix subway tiles with geometric tiles to add depth and interest to the space.



Create an accent wall

Creating an accent wall with tiles can add a focal point to the bathroom. You can choose a bold colour or pattern for the accent wall to create a statement piece in the space.


A display of 50 designer grout colours

Consider the grout

The grout colour and size can have a significant impact on the overall look of the bathroom tiling. Darker grout can create a bold and modern look, while lighter grout can create a softer and more traditional look.


Play with patterns

Using different patterns and shapes can create a playful and dynamic look in the bathroom. You can mix and match different patterns, including chevron, herringbone, and basketweave, to add interest to the space.



Don't forget about the lighting


Proper lighting can enhance the beauty of the bathroom tiling. You can install lighting fixtures, such as sconces or pendant lights, to highlight the tiles and create a warm and inviting ambience in the bathroom. Placing lights on or around mirrors can also add to the feeling of space by maintaining a seamless appearance.


Wrapping Up


Modern bathroom tiling offers endless possibilities to create a stunning and functional space. By choosing the right tiles and implementing the above design tips, you can create a personalized and unique bathroom that reflects your style and personality.


We hope you found this article useful and are well on your way to designing your new bathroom! For designer tiles for all budgets and exemplary tiling, pay us a visit! We'd be happy to answer any questions you have.

The MTM Team


MTM Tile Showroom, Mission Room, Blagdon Hill, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 7SH

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