There’s a bold blue subway tile at my local Starbucks that I’m in love with and I have to touch it every time I stop inside for a coffee. Bold colorful tile is a major commitment but when it’s the perfect hue in the right space it makes an incredible statement.
Have you noticed how wall treatments are trending away from all white and more toward the dark and dramatic? The look can be achieved with paint or wallpaper, but I give a virtual high five to anyone who goes all the way with a bold color tile installation in a bathroom as a backsplash behind a vanity or bathtub and inside walk in showers.
Blue and white is timeless as is a classic subway installation, find the adriatic sea tile pictured in this space at Fireclay Tile.
Glossy navy blue is a sophisticated choice and the vertical installation feels fresh.
On a slightly smaller scale the beautiful blue tile in this niche is perfect paired with a contemporary wood vanity and brass accents.
All shades of blue work well in a bathroom especially ones similar to bodies of water like shimmering turquoise or glossy aquamarine.
This backsplash appears to be panels cut to different sizes (not tile) and painted a matte blue, but a similar effect could be achieved with large scale navy tile like this cut in an abstract geometric arrangement.
Hexagons are another classic geometric shape, these complement the wood frame window nicely.
Olive and moss green have been trending for a year, green is a hue that adds an organic feeling to any bathroom.
This glossy green tile is striking with brass fixtures, don’t you think? I love the skinny tiles installed in a vertical stack bond formation.
Mossy greens are more subtle like the autumn tones in nature.
I don’t think I’d ever choose brick red tile for a bathroom, but this vertical offset installation is well done.
Pink bathroom tiles are making a comeback, for the ultra brave go all out with a hexagon installation like this!
A dramatic look can be achieved by choosing black tile instead of color, made more beautiful when paired with white and wood and brass.
Black zellige tiles are imperfect by nature of their creation, the variations in the tiles adds inviting texture.
If a dark or intense color tile on the wall is too much for you, I offer these alternatives… consider it on the floor instead. When tile colors or patterns are underfoot, they’re more subtle.
… or try a a softer hue but in a larger scale stack bond format like this contemporary installation.
You might also like: creative tile patterns with basic shapes or patterned tile + bathroom vanity combos.
Are you a fan of bold colorful tile in a bathroom? What color would you choose?
Love the bold tile especially the CB2.
Swooned over the bold colors and also patterns! Lovely collection. Thanks for the inspo!
Love all the blues and greens! What would you think about a “chair rail” in a powder room of hand painted Mexican tiles? We’re think of painting the powder room coral- everything else in the house is blue and grays- and accenting it with tile.
These are great inspiration pictures! I pinned almost all of them. Thanks for the informative and fun post! I love the colorful tiles.
Love the new tile! I just recently redid my bathroom with my own tile, it looks good but not as amazing as yours! I found a post about what can get in between your tiles if left uncleaned. (https://www.deltachemdry.com/5-reasons-tile-cleaning/)
We have recently started our new tile installation company and came across this article.
Really appreciate you taking the time to write about this. So often, we get requests for white subway tile. It’s so fun to remind clients that bold tile is a great option!
Tile installation is by no means an exciting topic, and you did a great job keeping it entertaining. Thanks a ton!