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10 tile ideas to breathe new life into your bathroom

Tired of your boring old bathroom? Was Jimmy Carter President the last time your bathroom had any work done to it?

Updating your bathroom is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home.

Luckily for you, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars making your bathroom look fresh and modern.

If you watch HGTV or anything similar, you are used to seeing bathroom remodels going for $10,000 and up.

You don't have to spend anywhere near that much money to give your bathroom an updated look.

We aren't starting from scratch here; we're improving what you already have.

One of the simplest ways to improve the look of your bathroom?

The use of tiles!

Tile is the perfect addition to any bathroom that can change the entire look and feel of the room.

The right tile can turn your bathroom into something to brag about.

Here are ten ways you can use tile to transform your bathroom.

Table Of Contents

  • Enhance Your Walls

  • Tile Your Shower

  • Only Go Halfway

  • Use Accents

  • Variety Is Key

  • Get On The Floor

  • Create A Tile Inset

  • Have Fun With Colors

  • Make An Accent Wall

  • The Tile Opportunities Are Endless

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1. Enhance Your Walls

Paint is boring. Add life to your bathroom walls with tile!

Tile is easy to clean, it'll stand up to the moisture in your bathroom, and it can look fantastic if done correctly.

A unique tile pattern will add a touch of personality to your bathroom.

Because tiles come in so many sizes and patterns, find one, or more, to fit your personality will be a cinch.

Use what's already in your bathroom to enhance the design of the tiles.

Mirrors, cabinets and your shower or tub should and can be used to enhance the look of the tile even more.

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Bathroom tile

2. Tile Your Shower

Ever have paint start peeling off of your walls in the shower? 

Do you wish there was a way to make your shower look like it was part of your bathroom, and not just something added in?

Tile is perfect for showers.

Like I mentioned above, the tile will stand up to the moisture and heat put off by your shower, so the peeling paint straight out of a horror movie will be a thing of the past.

Get creative as you want with your new tiles, but remember that it is best to use smaller tiles for the floor of the shower because bigger tile is a huge slip hazard.

We don't want you twisting any ankles while you're taking a shower, so use larger tiles on the walls to compliment the smaller ones on the floor.

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3. Only Go Halfway

This is good for people who want to design on a budget.

When you tile your walls, only take the design halfway up. You'll get the most out of your dollars while making a statement at the same time.

But be sure to use a border tile that will make the transition from tile to paint less abrupt.

When choosing your paint, match it to one of the colors in your tiles. Get as wild and crazy with your design as you want.

If you're looking for a traditional design, stack your tiles in a brick pattern.

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4. Use Accents

We do it in our kitchens, so why not our bathrooms?

We use our kitchen backsplash to break up the monotony, and the same concept can easily be applied in the bathroom. 

Put a row of bright, colorful tiles against white tiles, or add a row of smaller tiles against bigger tiles.

To bring it all together, paint your wall above the tiles in a color that compliments the color of your accent tile, but it is typically good to make sure it doesn't match it perfectly.

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5. Variety is Key

If anyone has told you that you can't mix tiles in your bathroom, they were wrong.

Mixing your tile patterns is a great way to improve the look of the room.

  • Coordinate different style types in similar colors.

  • Mix big tiles with little tiles.

  • Use long, vertical tiles butted up against small square tiles.

Adding this type of variety to your bathroom will keep it from looking like everyone else's bathroom.

Who wants a cookie cutter bathroom anyway?

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6. Get on the Floor

Don't spend all of your time on the walls and forget about the floor.

There are countless ways to get creative with the tiles on your bathroom floor.

One way is to design a "rug" on your floor made out of tiles. Building a square of tiny circular tiles will create the appearance of a rug on your floor. And the best part is, it won't hold water and you will never have to wash it.

If you live in an area that has bitterly cold winters, you can also buy heated tiles.

Putting heated tiles on your bathroom floor screams luxury, and it keeps your toes from getting frostbitten during late night trips to the bathroom.

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Bathroom tile floors

7. Create a Tile Inset

If you are able to, creating a tile inset will give your bathroom a unique look.

Use different sizes and colors for the tiles of your inset, and then hang a bathroom mirror in the opening. 

There, you've made your bathroom fit for a king!

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8. Have Fun with Colors

Have a plan in mind before you start installing your tiles.

You want to be creative with your colors, but you don't want to pick them at random.

A predetermined color scheme will be sure you liven up your bathroom with color, but that they also look like they're meant to be together.

A coffee, wine, and ice color scheme will give you the unique look you're looking for. Dark brown tiles on the walls, cream tiles on the floor, and light blue tiles in the shower.

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9. Make an Accent Wall 

Sometimes you don't need to tile every wall. In fact, many budgets will simply not allow it.

Therefore, if it is not in the budget, or maybe you're afraid tiling every wall will be overwhelming, an accent wall is a perfect solution.

Whatever the reason, rest assured because you don't need to overdo it.

Sometimes an accent wall made of tiles is all you need to make the room pop.

If you want to paint your walls, plan so the tiles compliment your paint and vice versa.

If you don't want to paint anything, choose a color for the tile that plays well with the color of your walls. The wall you choose is up to you.

Put the tile on the wall with your vanity and mirror and use them to compliment the tile. Or put it in the shower to give it a unique look compared to the rest of your bathroom.

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The Tile Opportunities are Endless

With the right tiles, a little bit of creativity, and some elbow grease, you can completely reinvent your tired old bathroom.

You don't need thousands of dollars, or a professional crew, to update your dated bathroom.

All you need are a few Saturdays.

If you're ready to start working on your bathroom but want to speak to an expert first, the crew at Furniture of Dalton are standing by to help with all of your design and decor needs.

They have years of combined experience in interior design, and they'd be happy to help you breathe new life into your bathroom.

Just click the button below to get started with your bathroom design consultation

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