Ideas, Trends

3 Hot Tile Trends + 14 Pro Tips for Your Bathroom Remodel

Tile plays a starring role in a bathroom remodel. Not only can set it the tone for the look and feel of your space, but it works hard to protect your bathroom from water damage, stains, and impacts. If you’re thinking about a bathroom remodel, we’ve got you covered with pro tips and trends in tile that offer diversity, style, and plenty of options!

Diversity is the New Classic

Subway tile was designed for New York City’s subway system because of its stain resistance and ease of maintenance. While it dates all the way back to the early 1900’s, it’s a cult classic that may never go out of style. Subway tile can be used with any aesthetic from industrial to vintage and is ideal for walls, backsplashes and shower surrounds. Penny tile is another popular pattern developed at the beginning of the 20th century. Like subway tile, it can work seamlessly with any style from contemporary to rustic. In addition to using it on shower surrounds and backsplashes, Penny tiles can also be used on floors.

Tile Pro Tip #1: Give Subway tile a fresh look by adding a bit of diversity with contrasting grout. Think outside of black and white

Tile Pro Tip #2:  Add diversity with different sizes of tile. Modern Subway tiles are thicker and longer, with dimensions as large as 8 x 20.

Tile Pro Tip #3: With so many things to worry about these days, cleaning bathroom tiles shouldn’t be one of them. Choose a modern, matte finish for your tiles; they’ll stand out beautifully against the glossy surfaces in your bathroom and hide smudges and water marks. Say goodbye to constant scrubbing and wiping!

Tile Pro Tip #4: Hardwood is another classic, but if you’re considering this look for your bathroom, opt for wood-look tiles or planks to protect against water damage.

Tile Pro Tip #5: Add a bit of diversity by combining natural stone planks with concrete or different wood grains for an unexpected style twist.

Tile Pro Tip #6: Textured tiles are another way to mix up the look of a classic bathroom remodel.


Understated is the New Refined

Natural stone not only looks refined but is completely waterproof and mold and mildew resistant, which means less work for you. DuraBath™, Re-Bath’s incredible line of natural stone, is harvested straight from 3,000-year-old rock quarries across the globe. This product offers the strength of tile without the grout and comes in a variety of styles and finishes to give you the look you want without the maintenance, and you won’t have to worry about tiles warping and crumbling over time.

Tile Pro Tip #7: If you’re taken with the look of Subway tile, but love the idea of a grout-free, natural shower surround, consider a DuraBath™ wall surround. It’s available in 15 modern tile patterns – including Subway tile – so that you can choose the style that best suits the look of your new bathroom.

Tile Pro Tip #8: If you are going with a neutral tile, consider matching the grout to your tile color. This looks especially fresh and clean in white! But keep in mind, that it may require more maintenance to keep it looking pristine.

Tile Pro Tip #9: Give vintage Penny tile a modern update by choosing glass for a sense of depth or metallic copper for a modern, refined look.


Oversized is the New Normal

Traditionally, large format tiles were strictly used in commercial settings. Today, residential tile is offered in a wide variety of sizes that only seems to be getting larger. Large format tiles (those greater than 15”) are one of the hottest trends in interior design. Thanks to technology, tiles can be manufactured as large as 5’ x 10’ in length, but the most popular tiles sizes are 24 x 24, 16 x 32 and 18x 36. This trend carries over to plank flooring as well; wood planks are now offered in lengths up to 48”. Because each tile covers more square feet, fewer grout lines are required during installation resulting in a more streamlined design.

Tile Pro Tip #10: The long, seamless look of oversized floor tiles is ideal for contemporary spaces, but they can also be used to give a modern twist to traditional or even rustic bathrooms.

Tile Pro Tip #11: If you don’t want to worry about repainting or wallpapering, choose large-format tiles on bathroom walls – they’re highly durable and easy to clean!

Tile Pro Tip #12: Contrary to popular belief, large tiles will make a small bathroom look bigger and more spacious. Try using large, vertical tiles on the walls to draw the eye upward.

Tile Pro Tip #13: You don’t have to choose just one size. Add dimension and interest by pairing big 24 x 24 tiles on the shower walls with 2 x 2 mosaic tile on the floor.

Tile Pro Tip #14: Love the look of Subway tile but want a more seamless look? Subway tile now comes in an impressive 6 x 24 size that will still give you that vintage vibe, but without all the grout lines to clean.

From tile to fixtures, designing the bathroom of your dreams should be a memorable, enjoyable experience. When you work with a Re-Bath Design Consultant, you’ll be guided every step along the way to your beautiful new bathroom. Ready to get started? Schedule your free, in-home design consultation today.