02/20/2015 05:14 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 Reasons We Love Patterned Tile

By: Anne Reagan, Editor-In-Chief of

Using tile in the bathroom is an ancient technique, and we can see evidence of painstaking tile design within the mosaics of Roman baths. Tile is a durable material, perfect for wet environments. And tile can be a great way to add color, pattern or design to any bathroom. But because of the enormous amount of choices on the market today, it can be overwhelming to pick the right type of tile that fits your style and your budget. So consider using an interior designer to help create eye-catching designs within your bathroom. Large tiles and simple patterns can be easy to DIY, but save complicated installations to the pros who know how to expertly cut expensive tile.

Dream Home by Rottmann Collier Architects

This beautiful coral design is perfect in the bathroom. Reminiscent of mosaics found in ancient bathhouses, this tiled wall is filled with shading and color detail. Such a dramatic feature looks great against the modern, sculptural bathroom fixtures.

Palm Springs by NB Design Group

With bold stripes of yellow mosaic tile, this modern bathroom doesn't require any other décor. The color combination is certain to wake up any sleepy morning, and the vertical stripes help elongate the height of this room.

Dunthorpe Riverfront Home by Riverland Homes

Natural, mossy green tile combined with an irregular pattern and botanical designs create the perfect retreat for this master bath. This tile features uneven coloring, adding almost a faded or vintage effect to the tile, and highlights varying colors within a singular tile. Notice how the large mirror plays with the size of the space.

Aurora Custom by House of L

This old-world style master bathroom features a classic mosaic floor design as well as sculpted tile on the walls. The feature wall facing the tub shows just how many options there are for tile design. Large feature tiles look even better with the directed light. Feature walls like this will benefit from a professional interior designer who can expertly mock up the design within your budget.

Bathroom Remodel by Fireclay Tile

Using two or more styles of tile within a shower, like this one, is a great way to show off architectural features and make a space appear larger than it is. The honeycomb tiles used within the recessed wall area create a nice focal feature for this shower, and used on the flooring it creates a rug-like appearance.

Santa Cruz Modern by Alison Whittaker Design Inc

A curvy, sculptural wall like this one deserves eye-catching tile. This mosaic tile perfectly captures all the colors within this serene bathroom space, and adds a dynamic touch to the curved wall. This was a unique way to solve for both toilet privacy and water splash from the shower.