8 Top Trends in Bathroom Tile Design for 2019

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Picking out tiles for your bathroom remodeling project is not so simple anymore. There is so much variety in design, shape, color, and texture that it can be overwhelming.   A few years ago, tiles were mostly laid down for their functional benefits (resistance to water, durability, low maintenance) but today, their aesthetic impact is just as important as their function. This is why manufacturers have expanded their selections to provide really unique styles for homeowners.  With advice from our experts, we have identified the top 2019 bathroom tile trends you should be on the lookout for. They focus on the finishes, colors, shapes, and patterns.

1. Graphic Patterns

Whether on the floor or the wall it’s the perfect accent tile in any room!  Either in soft subtle hues or bold contrasting colors the intricate patterns available for these tiles with lure you in and capture your heart. This trend is number one on our list because it’s going to be, or should I say, it already is HUGE! Patterned tiles will continue to expand in popularity. From subway tiles to ceramic, it’s safe to say that graphic pattern tiles can be anywhere and everywhere. This style really gives homeowners the chance to tap into their creative side, or hire a designer to get creative for them. 🙂  Right now we are mostly seeing encaustic ceramic tiles being a popular choice for those with patterned tiles, however, porcelain styles are coming out with the same thing! Expect to see an array of bold prints and colors all over tiles this year!

Related: The Many Decisions in Bathroom Remodeling

2. Move Over Glossy Tiles, Matte Finishes Are Here to Stay

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The popularity of matte finish tiles follows us into the new year. They feature a soft but powerful beauty–style that does not get too overwhelming.  An advantage of matte tiles is that they do not show smudges and water marks as easily as glossy tiles. This makes them ideal for the bathroom floor, especially in busy bathrooms. The low sheen makes them easier to maintain. When installing matte finish tiles make sure there is enough lighting, both natural and artificial, as these tiles are not known for reflecting light.

Glossy finish tiles feature a more dramatic effect on the bathroom. They tend to create an elegant, highly polished look and feel. This is why they are still popular. They are especially great for small bathrooms as they tend to reflect plenty of light and create the perception of a space that is larger than it seems. But because they need more maintenance work and are a slip hazard, glossy finish tiles are often used on walls or low-traffic bathroom floor areas.

If you are looking for understated elegance with unspoken sophistication, go for matte finish tiles. They are also great if you want an earthy style in your bathroom. But if what you are looking for is something a bit more dramatic and attention-capturing, glossy finish tiles are right up your alley.

3. Neutrals (Especially Whites!)

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Contemporary designs make big use of neutral colors and this remains the case for 2019 bathroom tile trends. Bright colors such as blue, red and yellow are not commonplace in the bathroom and will not be the shining star anytime soon. Instead, homeowners are falling more in love with neutrals and especially nude neutrals such as grey and creams.  Grey and beige have become super popular as complementary neutrals.  So much so, that a new color has emerged by name and featured in product selections. So be on the lookout for: “Greige”.

Check out our design ideas to get inspiration for your project.  For bathrooms that need a bit more brightness, white is perfect.  The bathroom is built for relaxing and these colors reinforce this atmosphere. By being neutral, they allow the mind to stay calm and relax creating a sanctuary in the home. You can use these colors from the flooring all the way to the ceiling. To ensure the bathroom doesn’t become lifeless, layer in different shades of neutral colors, textures, shapes and/or finishes to bring everything together in a new and lovely way.

4. Subway Tiles with More Pizazz

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Some may think subway tiles can be boring. Those white 3 by 6-inch rectangles can be quite commonplace. In 2019, subway tiles will get a bit more interesting as the tiles depart from the traditional size and pattern. Specifically, we are going to see these tiles offered in more colors, larger sizes, and a-typical design patterns (dome, beveled, arched, and sculptural). Subway tiles are getting thicker and longer, with dimensions as large as 8 by 20.  Pair that with contrasting grout color and the stage has been set for a marvelous reversal from the common all-white look. You can even couple different colors of tile in vertical or horizontal bands or incorporate different patterned tiles to create a delightful wall mosaic for your bathroom. It’s even becoming popular to see homeowners using mismatches tiles patterns or textures to get that unique bathroom design we all desire.  The possibilities are really endless since subway tiles can be mixed and matched in all sorts of fascinating variations.

5. Dimensional Tiles

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It is not just colors and patterns of tiles that are getting more diverse, manufacturers are also playing around with the shapes. 2019 bathroom tile trends will vary from traditional rectangle to a variety of other geometric shapes.  One particular shape that has made a resurgence in recent times is the hexagon. Hexagonal tiles are making their way back into the bathroom in all sizes, colors, and textures especially on shower floors, where they create a uniquely different appearance.

To take it one step further, create unique patterns, using different colored tiles, and repeat through the space. Why stop at the shower floor?  You could place these striking tiles on your bathroom floor in big bold graphic tile design patterns, geometric shape tiles and combine with color patterns to create complicated and visually arresting styles.

Geometric tiles can be used on a large scale (all walls or entire flooring) to set the tone for the bathroom or they can be used on an accent wall to create a bold pivot from the rest of the bathroom. In small bathrooms, they help improve the perception of space especially when matched well with neutral colors. In large bathrooms, they form artful accents in places like the spa area or the makeup station.

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6. Wood Planks for Flooring

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Wood planks are just beginning to make a splash in the marketplace.  Non-traditional tile sizes have been getting popular for some time now. Most people are going larger overall, but with planking, you can customize the size.  Most widths are 6″, but the lengths vary from 12″ to 48″ long. Allowing you to create ornate patterns such as herringbone.  While realistic wood grained tiles are most common like oak, maple, & cherry; there are lots of other finishes available to make then seem distressed, weathered, or white washed.  Porcelain wood grain tiles, are perfect for the bathroom, since it offers greater stain and water resistance without sacrificing design aesthetics. The wood grain tiles only enhancing the organic feel much needed in a bathroom space.  For a more compelling look, you could try mixing natural stone planks and other materials such as concrete with the wood grains. This adds an unexpected but welcome style to your flooring.

7. Marble Flooring in Soft Tones & Larger Scale Patterns

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Marble is a high-end material that is popular for its stunning luxurious beauty. Marble is a natural rock and each piece comes with its own unique coloring and style. The differences in veining and subtle color shading results in an appealing overall look. Despite its connection to palaces and mansions; marble has gradually made its way into our homes, particularly the bathrooms. Thanks to Mother Nature, technology, and improved transportation; homeowners have access to a large variety of different color & patterned slabs to choose from. But like so many other areas of the house, we are seeing a return to soft color tones in 2019. These neutral finishes allow the natural beauty of marble to shine through at its best and without any impediments.

Check out these master bathroom designs to get your juices flowing.  To add an interesting twist, marble flooring that features large-scale patterns work especially well in large bathrooms. The floor essentially becomes a large piece of canvas where the natural beauty of the marble complements the interesting pattern embossed onto it.  Interestingly, you do not have to get actual marble to enjoy this style. The marvels of technology allow manufacturers to design porcelain tile to resemble natural marble in almost every aspect. So if you are going for a luxury look on a more reasonable budget, marble-looking tile is something to seriously consider as you plan your 2019 bathroom renovation.

8. Textural Finishes

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Add variation, color depth, and surface interest in any area of the bathroom by incorporating textured field tile.  Textures can appear subtle or pronounced depending on the material used, finish applied, and the color desired.

Raked sounds just like the name… it’s as if someone pulled a rake over the surface and left all the lines across the surface.

3D dimensional tiles can inspire just about anything, from a feeling to an object or place.  But when it’s all said and done, it’s usually considered a piece of art.  This category comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles which can be combined into endless combinations for a one of a kind space.

These types of tiles create new focal points in the home using distinctive tile pieces and applications as diverse as a dining room wall.  Elegance just isn’t for the rest of the home anymore.

9. Metallic Finishes

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METALLIC?! Yes, metallic, is our soon to be shining star of trendy bathroom remodels. This is at the end of our list because it is more of an up and coming tile trend for your bathroom. However, we’re already in love with it. Metallic is shiny and reflective, giving your bathroom a gorgeous yet edgy makeover. This modern look isn’t quite there yet, but we expect to see it popping up more and more over the course of the next year.

Conclusion

Choosing the right tiles for your bathroom can be quite a challenge. There is so much variety. You have to choose what color, finish, and shape you want not to mention the material itself.  Hopefully, the above information on bathroom design trends for 2019 will help you decide which tiles will look best on your bathroom floor or walls.

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35 Comments

  1. Leviticus February 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I love the geometric tiles trend you mentioned (particularly the hexagons). I painted my mother’s bathroom recently and replaced the light fixtures, but in order to complete the makeover, it looks like we should replace the ugly pink tiling from decades ago. I will definitely look into getting some hexagon tiles.

  2. Kelly Kelton March 23, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

    I loved reading your article. Thanks for this information, very informative as we plan our bathroom remodel.

  3. Ruth Nero April 10, 2017 at 5:08 am - Reply

    Love the new tile designs and matte finish. It’s really getting more popular these days. Thanks for this wonderful content.

  4. Sophia Humphreys April 27, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Wow!! while reading your article i was impressed with content and also the design of bathroom remodeling.

  5. Danni Black May 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    You mentioned that if you want an earthy style in your bathroom, you should go with a matte style finish to your tiles. I never thought about going with matte but that might look really great with the new design we want to go with for our bathroom remodel. We will have to go to a flooring store and ask them about this option. I think our contractor would be really excited about it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sylvia June 5, 2017 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Great job Bryan on the blog… Loved your geometric style tiles in the bathroom and the vintage styles…

    I have cheap wood effect tiles in my rooms which tiles would look good in my bathroom?

    • Bryan Sebring June 5, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Sylvia, it is important to choose a similar color range to your chosen color palette, a good company to check out is VirginiaTile.com.

  7. Alex Dean June 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    My husband and I are remodeling our bathroom, but we need help deciding on what kind of tile we want. I like the idea of using the geometric tiles. Especially if we are able to use them on a large scale, both wall and floor, which will set a great tone for our bathroom.

  8. Sylvia June 15, 2017 at 12:34 am - Reply

    All the bathroom floor tiles look excellent. I specially liked the nude neutral and geometric tiles will look great with the contrast in the flooring. Thank you for sharing the comments.

  9. Emma June 27, 2017 at 4:05 am - Reply

    These tiles are best that I have seen in this year. Really eye catching and will add more value to the home.

  10. Sandra Hexner July 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all this great information about bath fixtures! I really like your point about how choosing a matte finish is becoming more popular because it avoids the painful shiny fingerprints all the time. The idea that my very own bathroom could look elegant or sophisticated is pretty awesome and i’ll be following your tips to get that result.

  11. Sabdulla Home July 18, 2017 at 5:45 am - Reply

    The blog is very good looking and all the picture of tiles is saw clearly.

  12. John July 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Agree about the subway tiles, at least in bathroom remodels… they are not going away, just being used in many different ways and with a variety of grout colors.

  13. Kam August 1, 2017 at 5:22 am - Reply

    I read your article, it is very informative. Thanks for this wonderful post.

  14. Melina August 15, 2017 at 7:03 am - Reply

    I redecorated my bathroom two months ago and a bathroom remodeling visualizer helped me a lot there.

  15. Lillian Schaeffer September 23, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I like how you mentioned that neutral tones are good for showers. My husband and I are going to be renovating, and we’re thinking of doing tile for the shower. We’ll definitely look for some neutral tones to use, since that seems to be a good option.

  16. Emily Turner November 3, 2017 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Looking wow! These tile pattern and designs are amazing. Is there any good seller for ceramic and marble floor tiles and floor cleaning service provider in NC? If you know anything than please suggest me.

    • Bryan Sebring November 29, 2017 at 7:21 am - Reply

      Thanks Emily,

      I am sure there is, unfortunately we are in the midwest and we do not have a good recommendation for you. Best of luck!

      Bryan Sebring

  17. Lindsey Bergman January 25, 2018 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Wow, a great design.very excellent and designable post.I’m really glad to read your post. Thank you for this post.

  18. Lina Aliva January 29, 2018 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Excellent post. I found this to be very informative. I’m impressed by the details that you have on your website. Thank you for this post.

  19. Irene February 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Great post. I enjoyed reading it.

  20. GG March 23, 2018 at 4:38 am - Reply

    This is really a helpful post for the people who are currently building a new home and after reading your trends in bathroom tile designs, it is quite easy to choose from the various trends available. You are providing some good options for bathroom tile designs. Thanks for sharing this post!

  21. SS April 9, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Can I use these in the bathroom: 12×24 size high gloss porcelain tiles : 1)white with a grey marble look in the walk-in shower and then 2) a brown granite look on the floor?

    The vanity I bought is dark chocolate with a plain cultured marble sink. I liked them but so far everyone in Home Depot said they wouldn’t put them together. I don’t like the look of a grainy wood tile or a laminate wood floor…I thought I could created the brown floor illusion with the brown porcelain tile.

    • Bryan Sebring May 11, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      Hi SS,

      The choices you mentioned sounds nice, but I would recommend having a local designer in your area look at your samples in person to make sure they are cohesive. Best of luck on your project.

      Bryan

  22. Darius Carter April 11, 2018 at 4:54 am - Reply

    This is very informative and helpful article. I was thinking about bathroom remodeling. Hopefully your ideas will help me throughout it.

  23. Larry May 21, 2018 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Wow, all the bathroom floor tiles look excellent. I’m really glad to read your post. Thank you for this post.

  24. Eurooo June 5, 2018 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Picking out tiles for our bathroom is really not easy! In fact, the aesthetics are really important. I personally like a lot of graphic and geometric patterns.

  25. Emma Clemantine July 2, 2018 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Wow, wonderful. The tile gives a different look to the bathroom. They add an amazing value to the way bathroom looks. There are so many varieties of tiles and choosing from it will be a difficult job. Thanks for sharing such a great post.

  26. Duncan Lance August 22, 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    You really do have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to designing your bathroom. However, I do like that the article brings up geometric tiles as a design style to look into. After all, they are usually pleasing to the eye and fairly easy to install.

  27. Claire Divas August 30, 2018 at 4:04 am - Reply

    We have marble in our bathroom and it looks absolutely stunning.

  28. John Viser October 11, 2018 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    These designs are not only limited to bathroom designs. It can also be used for some innovative styles. Thank you for sharing this top trends.

  29. Rhianna Hawk October 22, 2018 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    My husband and I want to spruce up the bathroom in the house we just moved into, and we’re considering getting concrete wall panels due to their durability and affordability. I like the idea of getting a matte finish on ours, as you suggest, and I agree they definitely would show a cleaner bathroom by hiding smudges and watermarks. The reflective look of glossy tiles tends to hurt my eyes, anyway, so we’ll be sure to talk to a tiling company and look for matte on their cement tiles.

  30. kim forrest October 31, 2018 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Outstanding article ! That represents all prominent information regarding different ways of remodeling bathroom with innovative styles. I really impressed by the content and images which are given in article. It is considered to be very beneficial in renovating bathroom. “””remodeling bathroom .”””

  31. Lorraine Ball November 19, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    These are some very cool designs!

  32. Amrita Dubey November 28, 2018 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Great ideas, I really liked the idea of creating a shelf different tile pattern and highlighting it.

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