Reno Notebook / By Jennifer Malise / May 29, 2017
10 Bathroom Floor Tiles to Sway Your Design
From classic penny tile to modern herringbone pattern, bathroom floor tiles add a splash of pizzazz
Tile is one of those pivotal design choices. First, imagine how you’d like your bath space to look and feel, and how its design will fit into the context of your home. Then use tile to fulfill your wish, whether it’s to make a bold statement or go a route more subtle. A myriad of bathroom flooring choices in color, shape, pattern, and size—not to mention grout—awaits. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up our favorite floor tiles from Sweeten bathroom renovations. Prepare to be floored (in a good way)!
Kavi and David’s bathroom in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
A bright green hexagon tile with abstract white lines stands out against a neutral backdrop. The colorful contrast helps balance the space, keeping it from becoming too sterile. Here, Dandelion hexagon tile in Lawn/Milk from Marrakech Design provides a soothing and nature-like green tone.
Lauren and Ross’ master bath in Chelsea, Manhattan.
Taking inspiration from the clean, elegant look of hotel bathrooms with their white and marble details, herringbone floor tiles add a graphic pattern to this master bath’s marble shower. For a similar look, try this tile from Fireclay Tile.
Meredith’s powder room in Kensington, Brooklyn.
Cement floor tiles in navy-and-gray plaid evoke the charm and personality of patterned floors from the ’40s—a callback to the decade in which this townhouse was built. Here, Mariposa floor tiles from Mosaic House.
Joel and Eric’s bathroom in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
A minimalist bathroom with a moody palette gets pulled together with Honed Inca Dark Gray tile from Stone Source, adding dimension to the space.
Mollie’s bathroom in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Mixing tile shapes—hexagon for the floor and chevron for the wall—while matching the color elevates this bathroom style from standard to striking. Shown above, Milan Gray Hexagon Marble Tile and Milan Gray Chevron Honed Marble Tile from TileBar.
Nikki and Chris’ bathroom in Astoria, Queens.
For a modern take on the prewar bathroom, a matte black hexagon floor tile with striking white grout creates a bold look. This Merola Tile Metro Hex from Home Depot works perfectly.
Pepper and Marshall’s second bath in Washington Heights.
Design tip: find a must-have shower tile—which is what happened to Pepper!—like this recycled glass from Fire Clay Tile. Then peg a graphic hexagonal encaustic floor tile that subtly echoes the green hue. This one is McQueen in yellow from Amethyst Artisans.
Rima’s bathroom in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
A porcelain floor tile that looks like wood warms up a space that is modern in design with a black-and-white palette. This faux wood floor tile from Build Direct looks just like the real thing.
Tina and Fletcher’s master bath in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Basketweave tile has a slight optical illusion with its 3D look providing a strong focal point for a classic master bath. This marble tile from Wayfair should do the trick.
Brian and Erin’s bathroom in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
Inspired by ornate hotel bathrooms from around the world, a cobalt blue hexagon tile works beautifully alongside a clawfoot tub with a matching blue exterior. For a similar style, try this tile from Home Depot.
Already dreaming of your new bathroom? Check out our post Budget Basics: Bath Renovation Costs to start planning.
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