Beautiful Backsplashes

by Helen Davies

Pink Orchid | Potted Plant | Bathroom Flower | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Tiles are a popular choice for bathroom renovations: they can be wiped clean, are resistant to moisture, and they look great. Simple, budget-friendly bathroom suites can be made to look a million dollars if you add some super-stylish decor to the bathroom, and tiles are often a big part of this equation.

Potted Grass | Shower Tub | Blue Wall Color | Paint Color | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Brown Tile | Earth Tones | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

You can tile your whole bathroom, coordinating wall and floor tiles for a harmonious finish, you can half tile your walls and finish up with paint or wallpaper, or you can use tiles more sparingly, adding decorative tiled sections or functional tiled backsplash.

Marble Bathroom | Brown Tile | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Glass Shower | Walk in Shower | Sea Glass | Sea Foam Green | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget that different bathroom tiles have different qualities: floor tiles should have some texture to provide grip when they are wet, while wall tiles are more likely to have a completely smooth, polished finish; ceramic tiles, meanwhile, require far less maintenance than natural stone. Always choose a tile that’s suitable for the area you want to use it, and think before you buy about how much time you’re prepared to spend on tile maintenance in the future.

Green Bathroom | Powder Bath | Potted Plant | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Iridescent Backsplash | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Modern Bathroom | Mosaic Tile

It can be difficult to decide on the right size of tile for your bathroom. Adding extremely large tiles to a small bathroom can have a shrinking effect on the space, and choosing tiles which are too small for a larger space will mean you have an awful lot of grouting on display. It’s often best to go for a medium or large size tile for the bulk of the room, then add contrast in selected places with smaller tiles (like mosaics) in strips or blocks.

White Window Panels | White Sheer Curtains | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Blue Green Bathroom | Blue Green Color | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

All tiles look their best when they’re at their full size – whatever size that happens to be. So when you’re shopping for bathroom tiles, remember that if you will be able to apply most of your preferred tiles without cutting them down to fit, then these are probably the right size tiles for your space.

Double Sinks | Double Vanity | Eclectic Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Blue Design | Blue Color | Blue Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Red Flower | Bud Vase | Glass Shelf | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Pale tiles can help to enhance the sense of space in a small bathroom, while adding tiles with greater reflective qualities (such as pearlescent designs) can help to make the room seem lighter, too. And adding a tiled surround to your fitted bath can further enhance that sense of space while bringing a certain spa-like elegance to your bathroom.

Traditional Design | Interior Design | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Floral Pattern | Patterned Mosaic | Green Flower | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Purple Ceiling | Walk in Shower | Shower Bench | Tile Backsplash | Bath Design Ideas | Mosaic Tile

Finally, if you’re on a budget but want your bathroom to have oodles of personality and flair nonetheless, keep your fittings and the majority of your decor simple and inexpensive, then use the money you’ve saved to splash out on a beautiful, eye-catching feature wall of coloured, textured, or patterned tiles.

Photos via Houzz.

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About Helen Davies

Driven by a passion for interior design, from architecture to arts and crafts, Helen Davies broke into the design industry straight from college, and is now regularly published in a range of magazines and websites, in both the UK and US.

Helen lives in the North West of England with her husband and children (and new puppy), and is a keen photographer, amateur chef, and reluctant jogger.

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  1. Jen says:

    I fell in love with the tile inthe second picture! Can you tell me what it is called and/or where I could purchase it?

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