patterned bathroom floor tiles

How to Decorate with Patterned Bathroom Floor Tiles

Since the average person will spend about two and a half years in the bathroom throughout their life, it's important to create a great ambiance in your space. Patterned bathroom floor tiles can help you put a great space together and add some visual appeal to one of the most important rooms of your house.

Read on to learn why this is a great idea and how you can begin implementing trendy tile flooring schemes in your home.

Why Patterned Bathroom Floor Tiles?

Bathroom floor tiles come in a wide range of materials, sizes, and shapes. This makes them diverse enough that everyone can find something they love.

Porcelain tiles are a tried-and-true classic because the material is shiny and modern-looking. It also is dense, waterproof, and non-porous enough to easily clean. However, they crack under a lot of pressure, which is why some people prefer vinyl tiles.

Vinyl is durable, waterproof, and inexpensive. It also has the advantage of being easy to replace since you can just pull up and replace a single tile. Vinyl also comes in a wide range of colors and styles so that you can get creative with natural wood aesthetics or bright colors.

Ceramic and glass are other options, though they're less durable than both porcelain and vinyl. However, both have an ethereal look that you can't replicate, especially translucent glass. If you want to experiment with colors, fogged textures, and clear stained styles, this is an awesome choice.

The Importance of Patterns

Now that you know why tiles are the best bathroom flooring, you likely are wondering why patterns are especially important.

The primary one is that they personalize your space. When you're allowed to make a creative pattern, you add a unique and one-of-a-kind feature to your bathroom. You'll feel more at home in the space.

Contrast and visual appeal are other great reasons for using patterns. If you just put plain tile in your bathroom, it wouldn't add anything to the space beyond being a functional feature. There wouldn't be anything eye-grabbing, so you wouldn't be making the most of your space.

Patterns help to create an ambiance. Organic patterns make your space seem softer, as to pale colors and pastels. Bright geometric patterns are modern and add character, as do those with high-contrast black and white tiles.

Trendy Tile Flooring Ideas

Unicolor geometric tiles are a tried-and-true classic that never goes out of style. You can choose any hue you want and get tiles of the same shape and size. Put them together evenly across your entire floor (and use them on the walls and in showers as well for a cohesive and appealing aesthetic.)

Bright colors are the best option for these interior spaces. Red and yellow are cheerful and invigorating while green provides a natural and calming vibe.

But there's nothing quite like blue for unicolor spaces. It's the most popular color out there because of its calming and relaxing psychological properties. Plus, it looks great when each tile is surrounded by a thin line of white (or black, for contrast with lighter blue shades).


Instead of just having a single shade of a single color, why not use multiple shades of the same hue for some added visual appeal? This is a great way to create a cohesive monochromatic color scheme that still has contrast and intricacy.

For example, instead of getting a bunch of uniform cornflower blue tiles, only get some of them. Pair them with other shades of blue like sky blue, cerulean, and navy. Create patterns or begin with a light color on one side of the room and gradually make your way into darker hues on the other.

Subway Tiles

Subway tiles get their name because they're long and skinny like those in the New York subway system.

By definition, they're rectangular and thick. They're usually 3" by 6", but this can vary depending on your needs. Subway tiles also tend to be heavily glazed so that they shimmer and shine under any lighting scheme.

You can get these in any color. Whether you want to create a monochromatic scheme or implement neutral tones for sharp contrast, these tiles can help you create a cohesive geometric vibe.

Pre-Patterned Tiles

As awesome as subway tiles are, square tiles are also en vogue. You can get them in uniform colors, gradients, or even those with patterns already on them.

Some tiles use multiple hues, have veining, or feature oriental-style patterns on their surface. Some also feature organic or floral shapes. This is a great way to add a softer touch to your bathroom if you want a warm and inviting space.

Checkerboard Aesthetics

Square tiles are also great for creating a checkerboard vibe. Black and white are great for those who want simple contrasting neutral tones. Black and red are a classic because of the board game.

But in reality, you can choose any two colors and arrange them in a checkerboard pattern. High-contrast hues tend to work best.

Create a complimentary color scheme with two colors directly opposite each other on the color wheel. Blue and orange are a great choice, as are yellow and violet.

Honeycomb Tiles

Honeycomb tiles are hexagonal. They get their name because they fit together in the precise configuration of a bee's honeycomb.

Yellow is a popular color for these tile patterns because of this. Interlocking them with black tiles creates some contrasts and bolsters your busy-bee aesthetic. However, honeycomb tiles look great in multiple hues, so an analogous color scheme that features three adjacent hues on the color wheel is a great choice.

Talk With Tile Flooring Experts

Now that you know how patterned bathroom floor tiles can spruce up your space, it's time to begin installing new types of flooring. National Floors Direct is committed to helping you find the perfect bathroom flooring to meet your preferences and home decor aesthetic.

We pride ourselves on implementing one-of-a-kind design ideas and bringing your visions to life. Get a free in-home estimate to learn more about your project and meet with one of our professionals in person.